I have seen Julian Wakelin’s work in a number of shows recently and it never fails to make an impact on me.
Wakelin’s brand of abstract painting is scruffy and quite modest; but it is not casual. Careful consideration is evident. When making paintings like this it is very easy to fail; the purposefulness of this work should not go unrecognised.
These are concentrated paintings but they are far from laboured or arduous. They are works with a visual hook, images which intrigue without necessarily offering answers.
They are artworks that could only exist as abstract paintings.