Briscoe’s paintings are meticulous in their detail, but are not merely photographically objective. He arranges his scenes precisely, heightens the colors and tones, and intensifies the contrast between the light and the shadows. The images become laden with feeling, foreboding and control.
A single cup abandoned at an empty table, the light shining through the folds of a tablecloth, or a car sagging at the curb in the heat – these scenes and details give the work real psychological drama and tension. Fleeting moments are caught and held for our examination, throwing out questions and possibilities that never usually have time to form, and the fact that these moments are made painstakingly slowly over weeks and months of careful work only adds to their fascination.
Mike Briscoe lives and paints in Wales.