About My Art
Since 2013, I have concentrated on painting representations of the human figure in order to depict aspects of modern life.
The Influence of Technology
Patterns of Behaviour is a good example of a painting which portrays the ubiquitous need to be ‘constantly connected’.
Neighbourhood Watch, which was painted soon afterwards, focuses on the loss of privacy and the trade-off between safety and intrusion by the state.
Another large painting, Tetrapods, portrays cultural divisions.
In 2014, I painted Such As We Are, a picture about ageing.
It is also an early example of my allegorical work.
In 2016, I painted another allegorical painting, Against the Tide, this time in response to the resurgence of extremism in Europe.
More recently, I have made several other allegorical paintings representing youth and the loss of innocence.
Ways of Seeing
A recent painting is Pictures at an Exhibition.
This large diptych is like a Russian Matryoshka doll in that pictures are nested within pictures. It also portrays motion, which in turn depicts the passage of time. The images are based on observations made in three art galleries.: the Saatchi Gallery in London, Hauser & Wirth in London, and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
I mostly use my own photographs as source material. Then I employ 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.
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, figurative painting still has a fundamental role to play in the visual arts.
I have written a number of essays about my work.
- Figure Paintings, 2013 — How I returned to making figure paintings
- Painting The Movers — How I was talked into painting 47 figures, 13 trucks and 2 dogs
- Figure Paintings, 2014-2016 — How I utilised a new studio to paint larger pictures
- Neptune Paintings — How I reworked an ancient Roman myth
- West End Ware — How I fused Munch’s The Scream with retail therapy and Ancient Greek art
- Yet Another Spectacle — How I responded to Guy Debord and car crash photography
- Happy Hour — How a chance encounter with my son completed the picture
- Stencils — How I learned from Larry Wall and developed a love for Reusable Painting Objects
- How other artists influenced my work — How I fell under the spell of Turner, Rembrandt and Velázquez
My CV can be found here.