To call Gary Cain, originally from Isle of Man, a man of any country would perhaps be a mistake. In 1988 he bought a sailboat, and that marked the beginning of the nine years he spent sailing the oceans. Since then the salt water remained in his veins and permeated his art.
“In addition to the quite unique narrative conveyed by his works, there is also something very special about the method through which he creates them. At times he works with the canvases placed on the ground, which enables him to move freely around the canvas, as the american expressionist Jackson Pollock did. This way of painting results in remarkable dynamics, strength, and spontaneity. A significant part of the process is based on impulses. Moreover, the artist does not always work from a previously planned composition, but merely from a carefully chosen colour palette.”
Stud.mag in Art History, Michéle Sandberg Holde
“Although I work with other materials my vocabulary as an artist is painting, I love paint. It is for me the most accessible means to expressing my thoughts and ideas clearly. Whether I’m working with a tight composition or a ‘freestyle’ nonfigurative canvas it’s important for me to work with an element of spontaneity, I attempt to communicate some of the nerve and the impulses, which drive me.
I see my paintings as a reflection of myself, they are glimpses of the sum of everything I have experienced and been exposed to and influenced by in the course of my life. You might say they represent a past and ongoing dialogue with my world.”