Robert Holyhead's work is deceptively subtle, a purely abstract practice that belies the simplicity of its appearance.
White space is as important to Holyhead as the application of colour, the tension between the two an intrinsic aspect of his compositions.
While choosing to work with single colours, Holyhead leaves his brushstrokes clearly visible to allow for subtle variations in tone and irregularities of line.
At the same time, his application of paint is kept as spare as possible, with complex form often described through the deft intersection of single, sweeping strokes.
In this way, Holyhead investigates abstraction through a minimalist approach to the pared-down act of painting itself.
related articles: British art now