Had a great time at Bridport Open Studios. Big thanks to Rob Morgan for allowing me space and for helping me to put up the works.
The Exhibition felt really worthwhile. I met some lovely people, including some local artists that I’d never have known otherwise, being the hermit that I am. Pleased to have sold a piece, too.
In recent times, my work has taken a turn that surprises me. I need to explain! While at college it’s fair to say that I shared many of the usual prejudices against what has come to be called abstract art. Or rather, I didn’t get it. Now I have discovered the confidence to explore my own ideas and, to my surprise, I have moved progressively in the direction of abstract expressionism. One meaning of ‘abstract’ is ‘withdrawal’. In other words, a stepping back. Maybe this has something to do with it. I feel as if I have grown up as an artist and that this is what I have to do. After all, I am what I am.
I explore tonal progression in a series of abstract expressionist studies. These works make allusions to natural forms. I hope to achieve an almost geological flow of light and colour. Above all, I want to build a sense of depth and atmosphere. For me, this is every bit as challenging as portrait painting and the results are equally as interesting, but they are more personal.
I know that some people won’t like it. I guess it comes down to a question of expectations, what you hope to get from a painting. For me, fidelity to external physical reality is, to be sure, impressive – but there are other factors and I believe these are equally interesting.
A new painting that I have been working on for a while, based on an idea which took shape gradually in my mind. Memories of my time at St Martin’s (when the college was in Archway) and also of a lonely year spent in the depths of Southwark.
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For me it’s something of a departure but I’m happy with the atmospherics of the picture.
I’m delighted to see my work featured on a brilliant new website, Mountridge Art Foundation, a place dedicated to young artists. Take a look. There is some great work to be seen, there.
My new painting, Susanna and the Elders, is taking shape. See work in progress for a comparison with the rough working underlayer.
This small site is an introduction to my work.
At the moment I am working on a series of artworks based on classical ideas.
For more information on Work in Progress and Recent Works (availability, prices etc) please send me an email.