When the Time of Refreshing Shall Come
4 - 22 March 2015
Opening Wednesday 4 March, 6.30-8pm
An artist working in a variety of media, I am largely self-taught and have been working the past eight years, primarily as a result of caring for my mother, who came to live with me and my son due to the onset of dementia. Caring for her was difficult, so I began my explorations in paint in the stillness of the early hours. This provided a visceral yet necessary link with what was left of myself.
Confronting the phantoms of fear, grief and anxiety, my paintings are an attempt to placate my subconscious. Recurring themes of alienation, remorse, the earth’s possible demise and our potential for transformation are explored in an eclectic and irreverent approach. Whilst most of the work is non representational, I aim to place the creatures, demons and demigods who inhabit some of the work in an evocative realm, of spatial ambiguity, rich in texture. Collage also adds an element of surprise and vitality to the images I create.
Purity of purpose, honesty and spontaneity are qualities I value. Uncertainty and unpredictability are driving my experimental creative output and, quietly, an idiosyncratic voice is emerging.
My influences are a curious amalgam. I have always been interested in mythology; hence, subtle allegorical references are present. Art Brut, conveying a direct link to the unconscious; the austerity and drama of Giotto’s paintings: the later work of Anselm Kiefer. Russian Icons, Leon Golub, Cy Twombly and Antonin Tapies are also present.
Whether quirky or macabre anything can penetrate my psyche, as long as it has an edge.