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ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are a collection of forms put in place to create a sensation based around a subject; they do not always carry a direct meaning though possess a weighty essence of concept. I see them as musical scores, the instruments of the orchestra are played in such a way as to stir emotions at the will of the composer. Though above all they are paintings, they are about paint, its nature and how one can define forms and illusion, a fine direct medium for filling my primal needs.  

 

Observations on daily contemporary living, social injustice and environmental collapse appear throughout the work. In this global pandemic we now see conflict between the engines of science and religion, struggles with confused leadership, corruption and self-interest. I find my paintings focus on these concerns; they become social documents, referencing the many ways that perceived power in images can be used to direct and control freedom of thinking and expression.  

 

A background of street art, tattooing, electronic music and DJing at raves are evident amongst the layers within the paintings.  They frequently reference vintage imagery which carries a romance, placing them in contemporary paradoxical situations, often with a twist of macabre drollery.

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