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The subject of John Dougill's paintings range from the mundane to the profound, from everyday experience to the insistence of memory. Though the images can be read as significant, as indeed they are, the notations or way of the painting is crucial in its quest for autonomy. This uneasy partnership is developed mainly through the idea of repetition, with its possibly of disruption and absence.

The paintings are not heroic, they are more clusters of images from unyielding sources. At times a painting may seem to be evading description, almost erased, held together only by the actual light that comes through the studio window. Their nature is to acknowledge the transience of memory.

"This 'outing' shows that he has always been involved in a tough and questioning engagement with painting. The result is a strange combination of topographical image, with motifs suspended across flat grounds, and situations exuding light and diffuse energy. It is not an obvious mixture but it works."
Sacha Craddock, The Times