images © 2019 steven heffer

text © 2016 edward lucie-smith

abstracted images

Many of Heffer‘s landscape compositions hover between figuration and pure abstraction. This offers an inescapable reminder of the fact that human beings are psychologically constructed to try and ‘make sense of’ purely abstract markings by turning them into something that exists in the everyday world around them. Leonardo da Vinci advised young artists to look for new figurative compositions by studying the random markings on a crumbling wall. Heffer here reverses this process, by pushing what is observed towards the realm of abstraction.

Edward Lucie-Smith

Art Historian, Author & Critic