Ric Burkitt’s recent abstract works explore composition through the process of production and destruction. Canvases and wood panels are painted, sanded, scraped, scratched and repainted, destroyed and reborn, buried and unearthed. Light and shade, form and space, edges of things; the paintings withdraw and re-emerge, and the history of the work is there in the layering, not abandoned, but embraced. Each painting is a quest for simplicity, clarity and calmness, retrieved from a kind of creative muddle and disorder. Such is the attraction and constant challenge of the abstract.