Gregory Copeland constructs virtual landscapes with acrylic on canvas, utilising layering and patterns with vivid colour and tonal contrast, to create enigmatic luminous totally unique images. He sometimes constructs customised full sized stencils to plan the patterning, at other times there's no plan at all, or no apparent planning. The completed work is like a piece of music, where disparate contrasting elements combine naturally to create a statement which more than the sum of its parts. He rarely formulates a work from start to finish: whilst each layer is carefully thought out, the transition from layer to layer is largely spontaneous. He prefers to take visual risks often and to force resolution eventually. Originality is critical. Not only should a painting not look like anyone else's, it must also not look like any other work of the artist. The motifs and elements must also be original (with the exception of the grid, the 20th century's most singular invention). The work must have its own light and balance, and invite itself to be viewed both in fine detail and in overall view at the same time, or require toggling between the two to appreciate it.