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
My most recent painting is Pictures at an Exhibition.
The painting 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.
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.