Noel Paine: "I read the world as a series of shapes and colours. To me, a tree, a building, a road, a house, is a shape. The subjects I choose for a particular painting are dictated not by social comment, or narrative, but by abstract ideas. My intention is always to make paintings. The ideas and concepts that form my paintings remain completely and conceptually abstract. The hidden spaces of the city provided an abundance of shapes, colours and changing light throughout the seasons, and these factors alone, became the inspiration for my series East London paintings. In Rome, I have been able to confront the demands of stronger and more cinematic light. Although my work is deeply rooted in the tradition of figurative and representational painting, my most recent paintings from the landscape and the environment that surrounds me, has been a gradual development. To me this is where the ultimate challenge exists."