Untitled (VII) is characteristic of Hugonin's paintings in its scale and visual aspect. It is part of a series of paintings, all identical in size, begun in 1989 and exhibited at Kettle's Yard in 1996. When viewed from close up, as the artist would while applying the paint, the separate marks and their colours are clearly discernible, but when viewed from a distance they dissolve into a field of shimmering, indeterminate colour which the artist equates with the qualities of shifting light. It is Hugonin's desire to achieve in his paintings something of the experience of watching light, and shadow, moving across a wide expanse of landscape and to emphasise the dynamic and transient quality of nature: 'It is in the nature of my paintings that you can never look at them and see the same thing twice. They have no single focal point; there is no passage that is dominant. The eye may settle for a moment on a certain movement, but as it moves again across the painting that separated configuration will disappear and re-form: things do not stay the same. This is absolutely crucial to my work: what I am trying to do is to present the evanescence of things, to heighten the fact that everything is in essence transitory. What I am working towards is an over-all shimmer on the surface, I want the painting to attain a quality as of shifting light' (ibid., [p.4]). The artist regards Untitled (VII) and its related works as being the closest he has come to date in achieving these goals.