Ian Greig’s lyrical paintings have long been inspired by the transient realities conjured by the reflective surface of water. The artist’s new work continues his fascination with this ephemeral floating world of shifting perspectives, spatial illusions and abstract traces of a reflected reality. Echoing the undulations of light and shadow that ripple across creeks and ponds, the paintings prompt a meditation and reverie on the mysteries of a realm beyond the world of appearances. Greig taps into this elusive subterranean reality via delicate overlays of crystalline colour that conjure embryonic worlds surging into existence. For the artist, each painting is ‘searching for the only sound that matters’, morphing and mingling with form and colour to create a rich and complex visual experience that eludes our cognitive grasp. Although inspired by the natural world, they do not look outwards to the physical landscape but gaze inwards, probing metaphysical depths that, at times, have a cosmological dimension – an awareness of the presence of the infinitely large and the infinitely small intertwined.