About My Art

Since 2013, I have concentrated on making figurative paintings in order to depict the human condition.

The Influence of Technology

Patterns of Behaviour is a good example of a painting which portrays the ubiquitous need to be ‘constantly connected’.

Patterns of Behaviour
Patterns of Behaviour, oil and gesso on MDF, 112cm x 140cm

Neighbourhood Watch, which was painted soon afterwards, focuses on the loss of privacy and the trade-off between safety and intrusion by the state.

Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch, oil on MDF, 112cm x 140cm

 

Another large painting, Tetrapods, portrays cultural divisions.

Tetrapods
Tetrapods, oil on MDF, (diptych), 140cm x 225cm

Allegory

In 2014, I painted Such As We Are, a picture about ageing.

It is also an early example of my allegorical work.

Such As We Are
Such As We Are, oil on MDF, 92cm x 122cm

In 2016, I painted another allegorical painting, Against the Tide, this time in response to the resurgence of extremism in Europe.

Against the Tide, detail
Against the Tide, detail

More recently, I have made several other allegorical paintings representing youth and the loss of innocence.

Youth
Youth, 2017, 61 cm x 122 cm, Oil on MDF

 

History Paintings

Reach for the Stars
‘Reach for the Stars’, 92 cm x 122 cm, oil on MDF

In 2018 I began work on a series of historical paintings which are influenced by seismic events that have taken place during my lifetime. These works incorporate images taken from the public domain as well as those I have developed from observation. They are also a synthesis of painting styles accumulated during 40 years of painting pictures. So in that respect they represent a personal history of artistic practise.

Latest Paintings

Formed in Fire
Formed in Fire, 2019, diptych – each panel is 122 cm x 111.5 cm (not including frame), oil on MDF

In 2019, I have completed two large paintings, “Black and White and Red All Over” and “Formed in Fire”. These were made after witnessing events close to my home, and in particular the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14, 2017.

Working Methods

I mostly use my own photographs as source material, which is the case with those two paintings made in 2019. Although, as mentioned above, I occasionally employ images found in the public domain.

I use digital editing to arrive at a composition, a process similar to making collages. However the end result rarely matches the initial digital image.

I sometimes employ hand-cut stencils and transfer prints, but I do not use digital projectors.

Increasingly, my painting style makes use of free-flowing brushwork while paying close attention to drawing with the paint, something I have learned from studying the work of Édouard Manet.

Tradition

My work forms part of a tradition whereby artists have attempted to express what it is to be human by concentrating on the figure. It is a tradition that has taken a serpentine path, and at times many have attempted to sever it, myself included.

Nevertheless, I strongly believe that figurative painting still has a fundamental role to play in the visual arts.

Essays

I have written a number of essays about my work.

My CV can be found here.