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’.

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

Ways of Seeing

My most recent painting is Pictures at an Exhibition.

Pictures at an Exhibition, detail
Pictures at an Exhibition, detail

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.

Working Methods

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.

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, 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.