The psychological drama created through the relationship of a figures or objects to space has played a key role in my painting. I don't aim to create a direct or distinguishable narrative within my compositions, but rather to offer symbolism and metaphor as devices through which the work can be read. These elements act as visual keys for the viewer to unpick the themes and relationships.
In my recent paintings I have forgone the inclusion of people and sought images that deal with their absence. Using dark backgrounds, I am concerned with the possibilities of making a psychological space. I am interested in creating a drama with a slow tempo, where the forms are gradually made out in the darkness and where their significance is revealed in a gradual unfolding. I have been exploring images where the human presence is felt, where drawers are half open, chairs are empty and plates, cutlery, jug and serviettes are left on the dinner table.
I was brought up in Hertfordshire within an artistic household and this background has undoubtedly had an effect on my artistic career. My father Harman Sumray and his twin brother, Maurice Sumray were both painters and part of the Soho Bohemia of the 1950s. Both men were of a great influence on me, as were their friends, many of whom were the artists, writers, poets and philosophers of the day. My mother was a designer, illustrator and etcher and my sister Lou Sumray is also a painter and animator.
I have exhibited widely and my work has been shown at the Inaugural International Beckett festival, Enniskillen, N Ireland; Beaux arts Gallery, Bath and the Boundary Gallery, London.
In 2011 I gained my Masters in Fine Art from the Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University and was awarded distinction for my research on the nature of symbolism and metaphor in painting. I was also the recipient of the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, ( David Gluck Memorial Prize) and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award during the same year.
I currently live and work in North London. My works are available for exhibition and purchase.