After four decades of obsessive compulsive artmaking I Iook at all these drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and illustrations and wonder what do they have in common? Apart from the fact that they were all made by the same hand, is there any common thread or aesthetic narrative running through the themes and processess at play here? Well, there's an obvious interest in visual structure. There's an interest in juggling with ideas of repetition and variation. On the surface it's all about pattern. Optical thinking. Usually the picture plane is divided into a diagonal grid before being inhabited by criss-crossing lines, shapes and other motifs. Sometimes I'm exploring the relationships between people, multitudes of people engaged in many common activities, but at other times these paintings are not populated at all. It seems that the overriding aim is just to articulate surfaces, imbuing them with a shimmering intensity, which may simply entertain or may otherwise lead to meditative states of mind... who knows? Anyway, I hope is that these artworks do not simply add to the deafening noise of all our illusions but sometimes give voice to a quietness within...

James Milroy,
December, 2018.