I am concerned with how we perceive reality.
It’s something I have been interested in since I was eleven when two very important things happened to me. The first, I was hit by lightning and had a near death experience. The second, I was shown spaceships.
I like to think of these experiences as ‘outside culture’, if everything we know and think we understand is ‘inside culture’.
I paint what it feels like to be human; a synchronisation of both the left and right side hemispheres of the brain. Within my work, the left explored as deeply autobiographical, interrogating tropes of politics and masculinity, love and illness. The right is concerned with overlapping doorways into different realities.
This fusion is a breakdown of existential belief systems to open the doors of perception, both physically in terms of the process of painting; the magic of the act, and contextually in understanding my relationship to outside culture.
'Commandaria' 2023 oil, oil pastel, collage on watercolour paper 215cm x 155cm
'69' (I Made Me Me Remember) 2023 oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, charcoal, painted collage on watercolour paper 215cm x 155cm
'The Drunken Boat' 2023 mixed media on paper 150cm x 215cm
'Jasper' 2022 mixed media on paper 133cm x 113cm
'It Stops Existing When the Last Witnesses Die' 2022 mixed media on paper 133cm x 113cm
'The Bone Clocks' 2022 mixed media on paper 133cm x 113cm
'The Forbidden Fruit' 2022 oil on panel 140cm x 183cm
'A World Through My Hand' (Plan View) 2022 oil on panel 130cm x 170cm
'Predestination' 2022 oil on canvas 120cm x 120cm
'I Made Me Me' 2022 oil on panel 170cm x 140cm
'Energy Farm' (can you hear the music?) 2021 oil on canvas 150cm x 120cm
'Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth' 2022 acrylic and charcoal on Arches paper 51cm x 36cm
'When 3 become 1' 2022 oil, pastel and coloured pencil on Arches paper 30cm x 22cm