Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Leeds Arts University
Graduation Year: 2020
My practice transforms personal and seemingly ordinary everyday scenarios into compelling depictions through large oil paintings. I document observations of people I know in comfortable, safe domestic or public places, displaying contemporary living. Through a very specific approach to colour and lighting, I magnify the importance of these individuals' relationships formed with various spaces and consolidate fleeting moments made within them. Although the subject matter I’m drawn to may at first seem modest and unchallenging, in my paintings it becomes impressive, meaningful and memorable. My subjects are often caught in unguarded moments, as we come across them almost as intruders into their world, with narratives hinted at but never fully told. A one-way relationship is created as we quietly observe them without interruption but in a close and comfortable context. This brings in the idea of the viewer as a voyeur.
I filter the immediacy of my candid snapshots through drawings and my vibrant painting techniques. I work with veiling layers of colours, playing with translucency. Overall conveying a watery luminosity while wavering marks and organic shapes render as clothing and figurative poses; juxtaposed with formal qualities of abstraction spotted in my architectural spaces and objects. These fleeting, everyday moments are captured and elevated in my large, involving, and light-filled, figurative paintings. This idea of representing figures living their everyday lives has been an evolving topic and a fundamental position in art, explored by painters including Pierre Bonnard, Edward Hopper, Caroline Walker and Gareth Cadwallader. I'm a contemporary representational painter and invigorate my imagery with colour palettes inspired from neo-impressionist groups: the Nabis and Fauves.