'Careless Love', Alex Ramsay

Painting with blue background and white lines and shapes

Acrylic, alkyd, chalk and glitter on canvas, 203 x 244cm, 2004

Artist's statement

'Careless Love' is from a series of paintings that are like stories or journeys that don’t get anywhere. They construct an open-ended narrative space, a slippery sort of state where transitory connections are made through a mixture of accident and dubious intentions. Things turn into something else or into nothing at all. Journeys that start somewhere, try to get somewhere else, but keep getting diverted, ending up in unexpected places.

There are lots of reference points along the road to nowhere special. Some make sense; edge of town landscapes, night skies and star maps, motoring mishaps and nocturnal encounters. Others are more difficult to understand. In the dark, they could be one thing, but they might be something else.

Drawing is a way of making a journey. These paintings are mostly drawing. A chalk line meanders slowly across and all over a blank ground, like a blackboard or an enlarged page from a notebook. An elaborated doodle inscribes small flights of libido across an empty space, wandering off into the realm of the imaginary and projection, but continually returning home to the reality of facture, surface and material process.


Alex Ramsay was born in London in 1947. He studied at Chelsea School of Art 1964-69. Solo exhibitions include Hatton Gallery Newcastle 1976, Creaser Gallery London 1990 and Castlefield Gallery Manchester 1991. Group exhibitions include 25 Years of British Painting Royal Academy London 1977, Whitechapel Open Exhibition Whitechapel Art Gallery London 1985 and Cheltenham International Open Drawing Exhibition Gloucestershire College of Art & Design Cheltenham (touring) 1999. Frequent exhibitions with the London Group at London venues including Concourse Gallery Barbican, The Gallery in Cork Street and Bankside Gallery. Featured in Summer Exhibition Royal Academy, including 2004, 2005.