9 June - 10 September 2016
This show marks a dramatic return to large-scale painting on canvas by the artist, whose work over the past several years has been primarily characterised by pastel drawings on paper and site-specific wall drawings using pure powder pigments. With this new work, Woods has launched into a free-wheeling, emotive exploration of the expressive possibilities of colour and paint. The artist eschews any notions of a "signature style" employing a highly fluid and experimental working method. This allows the spontaneous nature of the paint itself to dictate the direction each painting takes in an ever-changing process that evolves as each painting progresses. The liquid nature of urethane is such that the painting must be painted from above, with the canvas lying horizontally.
Woods has been strongly influenced by the ink drawings of author Victor Hugo in his approach to these paintings. The name of the exhibition is a nominal reference to Great American Nude by Tom Wesselman, a play on the literary concept of the "Great American Novel" - a metaphor for American socio-cultural identity. Woods has used this as a conceit from which to explore an autobiographical vision of the world as he perceives it. Woods' work reveals his continuous obsession for decoding issues such as identity, sexuality and nature. In American Nude, Woods - acting as an unreliable narrator - employs a larger scale and looser handling of paint to explore these issues.
Woods has lifelong ties to Spain and particularly Majorca, since he has been living and working on the island for almost 10 years now.