During the initial development of this series of paintings I became fascinated and inspired by a photograph I had taken of an industrial flytrap. The sensation and emotions associated with being trapped have become a central conceit of my work. I am motivated by how I might provoke the sensation of entrapment and confinement in the viewer.
My paintings employ the grid structure of the flytrap and through layering techniques, the building up of surfaces, the application of paint, and the manipulation of transparency, depth, perspective, movement and colour seek to ensnare the spectator.
Geometric forms dominate my work. My deliberate construction of rigid, regular shapes is reminiscent of our urban environments. Viewers interpret my regular, angular blocks of colour as objects from their own environments: whether it’s buildings, rows of desks, escalators, filing cabinets or tunnels, each person perceives something different.
As an ardent student of rationality and spontaneity I try to allow the painting create itself. I think it unwise to try and fully control the work: firstly because I find it impossible and secondly, because control leads to sterility and deadens the work. I try to actively engage with aspects of surprise and impulse. However, I recognise an artist can never be utterly spontaneous: the selection of a colour, the choice of a brush, are all analytical, rational acts.
Thus, my work is visually and conceptually a combination of ordered construction and unruly abandon: an experiment to explore how order and chaos or spontaneity and rationality can interact on the same canvas: a confusing, uncertain landscape, which represents my spatial trap.
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I create bold colourful abstract paintings mainly using acrylic paint. Geometric in style, the paintings reflect the urban environment, made up of circular and geometric forms. Using various perspective points and layering techniques the paintings contain depth, transparency and a sense of movement. I decide and make certain rules for each painting or print, but never have a picture of the final result in mind. I try to keep this as unpredictable as I can. In this way I see the painting develop as I add each layer and it remains a mystery as to how it will look next. Each step is a surprise and an excitement. In some of my pieces I combine texture with an ordered grid system over the top. This is to experiment with opposites and to see if order and chaos or intellect and rationality can work together in the same piece.
After graduating in 2002 from Northampton University with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, I have exhibited my artwork in a variety of venues in Cambridgeshire and London, including: Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea, Brick Lane Art Gallery, The Foundling Museum, Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, Wall Candy Gallery in Fulham, Euroart Studios, East London Contemporary Art Fair, Primavera, Byard Art, Cambridge Open Studios and Addenbrookes Hospital.
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