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Le Brun's work moves between abstraction and recognizable subject matter. He works slowly in oils, building up the surface of the painting gradually. As a result of this process, enigmatic motifs such as a single wing, or cypress trees, emerge from the rich texture of the paint. Le Brun discourages specific interpretations of these images. He has stated: 'The image must always be beyond complete understanding' and has quoted the philosopher Heidegger's comment that 'meaning is where the interpretations lie thickest'. The sense of mystery and impenetrability which LeBrun identifies in his art is epitomised in this image of a forest. It recalls Le Brun's observation: 'I have a vision of painting as the uncut forest'.

September 2004