I have always been fascinated by surface, surfaces of paint, surfaces of sound. It is not my intention to illustrate sound however, my painted compositions are informed by responses to repeated notes and subtle variations in aural textures: the gradual introduction of stronger rhythms and the smaller, hidden sounds which surface periodically.
Born in Scotland in 1959, Colin lectured in the school of Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1990 to 2017 and now lives and works in East Lothian, Scotland. Colin's paintings primarily investigate the relationship between the painted surface and music. Collaborating regularly with musicians and sound artists, Colin has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Pavarotti Music Centre in Bosnia, with Mr. McFalls Chamber at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh and with Marconi Union in Manchester.
Since 2010, Colin has also worked with sound artists and musicians to create Painting-Sound-Animations. This ongoing series of work directly connects his paintings to the sound worlds that inform them. The animations employ hundreds of images of painted surfaces animated to evolve visually with their aural counterpart.