University: BA - Byam Shaw School of Art
Graduation Year: 2006
In my paintings I attempt to express movement. Not so much the movement of a figure or the mechanics of an object passing through space but more the passage of time made visible by a lack of stillness. I see the fluctuation of figures and objects in my paintings as a means to explore the nature of human perception and to engage in a dialogue that has existed throughout the history of painting. Avoiding the description of specific movements or actions I intentionally frustrate the reading of any direct chronology or linear narrative, preferring instead to pursue an emotional intensity though the accumulation of rapidly made gestural marks and constant re-working. My paintings are a deeply personal account of the world around me. All of the figures are either close friends or family members and the paintings are made from video footage I shoot in circumstances where they are relaxed and unguarded. Although the identity of the subject is important to me in the process of making the paintings I don’t necessarily consider it important in the outcome and I don’t consider the paintings to be portraits, rather an attempt to record the sensations of a specific moment in time.
2018, Eyeball Pleasers, Lewisham Arthouse, London