I am a local artist working from my studio in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Growing up ... MORE
Venue: The Galley At Bank Quay House
When: 06/11/2015 - 08/02/2016
The landscape is one big puzzle. Using my intuition of going beyond everyday reality, I play with abstracted narratives that look for irregularities in the patterns, forms and design of the landscape. Robust elements that suggest uniqueness and encourage a change of perspective. The landscape around us continually shapes us as human beings and my response for abstraction is an attempt to embrace this. Taking lead from Abstract Expressionism, by transforming the way in which we interact and view the ‘norm’ around us we are able to perceive ourselves differently.
As a contemporary abstract painter I often look to juxtapositions that seem at odds with each other. Old vs. new, historical vs. modern, natural vs. manmade. The forces of the world creates patterns and surfaces in the form of craters, rivers and mountains. Likewise, humans leave traces of their presence wherever they go, creating patterns through cities and networks. This in turn reflects the complex relationship I have with my subject matter. An invisible bond ties me to the landscape and thus my place within society. My personality, feelings and impressions are absorbed into total harmony with a particular environment.
Through personal intuition, expressive mark making and painterly improvisation, I imbue a constant creative dialogue in my working practice. Creating a physical presence within my artwork is central to what I do. Experimenting with materials and processes leads to a sense of urgency in my paintings with the discovery of new ways of application. The way of exploring the character of the landscape by imbuing colour, drama, movement, texture and depth. It comes natural to me to paint in a brilliance of colour using varied application techniques and combined with mixed media materials. Bringing together a sense of daring and unity at the same time through an unconventional approach.
Contemporary Arts Festival 2012
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival is back for its second year!!