In 2007 I became acquainted with ‘Elumin8’, a company that specialised in new lighting technology, and they agreed to work with me on finding how electro luminescence could be used in paintings.


The principle of the technique is to electrically charge natural phosphor so that it lights up.  This is done by screen-printing a sequence of five layers on to a substrate; the centre one being the phosphor sandwiched between a substance containing silver to conduct the electric charge and then, each side, a substance containing ceramic to act as insulation.  The result is a paper-thin material, which is capable of lighting up, called an Electro-Luminescent (EL) lamp.


I embarked on two works based on the two Chinese words Yue (moon) and Ri (sun).  Following my normal practice I began with a number of small diagrammatic pen drawings.  These were extended to larger paintings on paper where the illuminated areas were planned and measurements sent to the lighting workshop.  The completed EL lamps were mounted on to aluminium panels and returned to the studio for the final execution of the paintings.  Yue (moon) and Ri (sun) were possibly the first paintings to use this pioneering technology.

Yue - Moon,  2007

acrylic paint and electro luminescent

lamp on aluminium panel

48 x 48 ins  (122 x 122 cm)

Ri - Sun,  2007

acrylic paint and electro luminescent

lamp on aluminium panel

48 x 48 ins  (122 x 122 cm)

2007 - Light Works