The Herald, T J McNamara. The long roads and railway tracks that disappear into the aptly named vanishing point are central to Grahame Sydney’s work. He shows no humans, only the geometric signs of human occupancy at odds with the natural variations of the hills. Signs are important for Sydney.
Road signs figure in many of the works. They are generally seen from the back so their message is unknown, but their presence is real and brooding. In some of the best paintings the signs are covered with cloth and their meaning further veiled. The viewer searches in vain for philosophy in these paintings. They just are.