Alan Charlton’s paintings are always grey and he uses a systematic method to calculate their size and structure. Since they are purged of all extraneous detail, Charlton’s canvases draw attention to the space in which they are shown. This redefines the traditional relationship between artwork and viewer, since it is the spatial environment as well as the two-dimensional canvas which together provide meaning.
The precision of Charlton’s restrained canvases contrasts with the variable conditions of the different environments in which they are hung. Consequently, each time his paintings are exhibited, they offer the visitor a very different viewing experience.