John McLaughlin is considered to be a pioneer of minimalism and hard-edge painting. His geometric abstractions are inspired by an interest in the Japanese philosophy of Zen and the idea of the void. Devoid of any rendering of the ‘real’ world, his purely abstract works provoke a state of meditation on man’s place in the natural world. McLaughlin was influenced by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, as well as Japanese art and Eastern philosophy. My current practice addressing hard-edge, geometric abstraction, together with a long-standing interest in the Japanese aesthetic, has sparked my interest in the work of McLaughlin.