My practice is primarily painting, installation and photography with a strong conceptual element. This acts as a base for the aesthetics which form the initial encounter with the work. There are layers which the viewer has to negotiate. Façades and what they hide provide a metaphor for deception and honesty.
Rather than self-expression I use aesthetics to raise questions about the status quo, absence and the overlooked. I employ illusionistic representation and trompe l’oeil. The focus is on what is represented, rather than how it is represented.
The paraphernalia of art is of great interest. The desire is to paint objects and subjects that wouldn’t normally be painted and to present them in such a way that one becomes aware of their objecthood. There is a critical balance between the gestural and the graphic.
Playing with scale and context is important, which comes from a heightened sense of spatial awareness and a strong interest in architecture.
A kind of playfulness is important, often through emphasising the surreal and creating combinations of contrasting elements that resonate with each other. The questions raised are more import to me than the answers. The artifice is supported by a profound honesty.