I am self taught having developed my techniques & style over the past 3 decades. I began as the editorial cartoonist for a London based weekly magazine in 1984 & moved on to hand painted clothing in the 1990's, and now I paint mostly non-representational abstract art and abstract landscape on canvas.
My inspiration to paint is a mystery to myself. Other than a resolve to endure the agonies of an visually imperfect canvas, when the artpiece is in its infancy, whilst endeavouring to labour toward a finished artwork of intrique and beauty - an artwork that is pleasing to the eye. I utilise the 'accidental' as a starting point. Then work towards a painting that finds a visual balance. So inspiration, or motive to action, does require a mixing of a complexity of colour, where the once hidden gets partially revealed, again during the process ... I have always enjoyed metaphor, where the depth of an idea is revealed thru an abstraction. And I do entertain an intrigue of the spiritual, that is, the nature of the self, that somehow infuses my paintings to imbue a feeling of lightness and a visual intrique to look deeper.
So while for me there is a drive to finish a painting to a state of pictorial balance, where perfection alas! remains out of reach; yet where the painting attains a quality that resonates with archetypal subtlety to the enjoyment of the senses. William Blake said that “a fool who persists in his folly will become wise ” , and I subscribe to that idea to persist until the painting becomes its own entity ... complete in itself.
I am self taught having developed my techniques & style over the past 3+ decades. I began my artistic journey as editorial cartoonist for a London based weekly magazine in 1984 & moved on to hand painted clothing in the 1990's, and now paint non-representational art on canvas.
My life experiences influence my art. I traveled solo hitchhiking on different continents in my 20's & 30's - thruout Australia,N.Z., Europe, Asia including Iran & Afganistan (public transport), North America etc.. Also, I have worked o/s including washing dishes at Hertford College, Oxford, running the Stromness, Orkney Island backpackers for 6 months in 1977 that has since become the Pier art gallery & working as a truck jockey in Luxemborg. All these experiences, plus the reading of books written by Aldous Huxley, H.D. Thoreau etc, along with enjoying operatic arias at a young age, all of which raises the spirit to the sublime, and impacts & influences a world view that is imbued with leanings to the spiritual ; and from all of this arises the influences that impact my artworks.
2011 - 12 -13 - 14 - 15 -16 - 17 ... Cube gallery : Richmond, Victoria
2012 - 16 ... Retropia Gallery Williamstown
2015 ... Albert Park pop-up gallery
Incognito can be a virtue.
I do really enjoy looking at the Australian abstract expressionist works of Nicholas Daunt. His colour & movement are an inspiration. Also, Englist abstract artist John Hoyland - especially a u-tube doco where he explains the process of painting that is never assured of creating an artwork of pictorial merit. And there are 5 - 6 paintings by Howard Hodgkin that I find extraordinarily brilliant. Plus Patrick Heron for his stripe paintings and his 'lozenger' paintings. And not forgetting Rothko and the contempoary artist of a similar ilk : Christian Hetzel ......
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