Bunker writes that Sturgis "has been developing an abstract painterly realm saturated by forms that evolve from a complex interweaving of drawing, painting and painting’s histories. They are all re-energised by the seductive colour and technological hard edges of commercial design... There is a frisson between strands of art historical DNA, namely abstraction (geometric/Op/Pop) with that of commercial design, packaging and graphics. It could so easily be a cyclical trend like so many others. But Sturgis shows a commitment to the craft and a real recognition of abstract painting’s contested relation to a rapidly changing world. This show pushes beyond the facile and the purely decorative into a painting experience that is decidedly phenomenological."
Sturgis comments that the show is "a personal selection – one built on my concerns – but also with generosity at its core. The illusion of things in space, as you put it – is something that I am less interested in finding in recent work. Or rather I am more interested in other work – work that confronts the legacy of minimalist and modernist painting and its fission with the contemporary world that surrounds us. For me that is a crucial issue – or it is at the moment."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.