David Rycroft's recent works are the product of a technical breakthrough, which has unlimited potential.
These 'unpainted' pictures - unpainted in the sense that the artist, instead of using a brush, drags the support over the medium - evoke a cosmic dimension, which is truly liberating.
Richard Calvocoressi, Director Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1987-2007
[David Rycroft’s] paintings, partly inspired by Zen calligraphy, radiate an impression of great serenity….Resulting from an innovative technique, his works evoke the beauty, grace and powerful majesty of nature.
The indivisibility of naturalness and purity, not only within the natural world but also within us, forms an integral part of [David Rycroft’s] artistic vision.
There is a thoughtful discipline in his approach.... Drawing from his Buddhist practice, he believes it is important to be in a certain state of mind each day when he starts work. "I basically believe whatever comes out is a result of one's intention. It's like a meditative thing, only when the mind is clear can you work."
The technique used in the sweeps of colour is accidental, but it looks very precise, almost photographic.
When asked what genre he would label himself as, he is rightly hesitant. "Form, colour, transcendence - the idea of leading you towards something inconceivable. I admire the Romantics for that - the dissolution of form, the luminosity and space."