University: Glasgow School of Art
Graduation Year: 2018
More specifically, I am looking at drawing attention to the smallest details within the conscious day – to – day. I have many small sketch books of abstracted shapes from marks collected which could be details on the floor, to details within an infrastructure. These abstracted, random compositions of shapes form the main resource for my paintings to thrive off. Shapes come prior to the colour I then choose secondary. Compositionally I source the shape, and decide where this is placed before colour is chosen. Even though colour has a vital importance within my work, I am yet to know what factors determines such colours for specific areas. I feel subconsciously it could be the certain persona that a form gives off when looking at it on preparatory paper works before it goes onto the canvas, or it could be an element of taste and personal style, yet it could also be what technique makes one colour work better when introduced and combined next to another. A method, or way of approaching abstract painting that has been useful when making work to date is the idea of thinking about painting as not adopting an outline within the composition. This challenges the direction I come at abstract painting from, as well as forcing me to push the textures and strokes I can add to produce a painting more challenging for one to unpack. I find it negatively challenging when a painting does not produce conversation from the viewer. Inevitably paintings that I create is a personal handwriting to my attitude and visual understanding of the world that I am conscious in. The studio space, for me is a place of performance in the attitude that I have towards surrounding myself with my work so that I force myself to be absorbed within my work. I conform to creating works which invite the viewer to explore the painting from the physical and mental presence of the painting.
2016 - 2017, 'SKETCH 2017' (Sketchbook touring around the UK)
2016, 'DUKE VALANTINE' - Brighton
2015, 'STRETCH' - Brighton, Grand Parade