Impactful contemporary abstract paintings with underlying themes and concepts; utilising spray paints, acrylics, and mixed media.
Creativity has always been integral in my life, whether painting, writing, taking photographs or simply the way that I see the world. Studying for a degree in Fine Art was a natural choice and the very conceptual based slant of the Fine Art course at Chichester University allowed me the freedom to explore the images and ideas in my head through whichever medium suited the particular concept I was working on. I continue to work across a variety of media including acrylic, spray paints, photography, pastels, ink, pen, and collage. The finished works reflect this diversity, as well as the wide range of influences from geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, pop art and graffiti through to conceptual art, poetry and literature. My process begins with a thought, a feeling, a momentary fleeting image or line of prose, incorporating humour, pain, and love, in an attempt to capture my peculiar perspective of the world; the dark splendour of the mundane, the imperfections of life and ultimately the beauty of small things. Although working largely within the abstract aesthetic, there are many underlying themes and inspirations behind the work. Interests in literature, psychology and conceptual art combine with a passion for colour, shape and the exploration of composition to create works which are both visually stimulating as well as being an expression of concept. Some works are quite introspective, exploring the mental and emotional complexities of parenthood, adult relationships, and the false normality of the suburban environment. Other works may start with a personal theme, but also relate to wider issues. A recent series of paintings combine loose and geometric abstract styles within the same work. This dichotomy is representative of a balance and sometimes battle between creation and destruction; instinct and will; chaos and organisation; which is often present in the creative process. This could also be said to be inherent within human nature and indeed the universe itself.