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.
I try to create drama with an economy of visual language. I feel as if they are a tableau or snapshot plucked from a longer narrative I ultimately aim to create a dynamic tension within the work that relies more on the potential of a situation than a definitive action. Often the figures themselves are held in state of emergent meaning; their body language elusive, posed somewhere between restraint and release.
In my recent painting I have forgone the use of figures and sought drama with their absence. Often against a dark-black background, I have been exploring images where drawers are half open, stools and chairs empty, plates, cutlery, jugs and serviettes 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.