My paintings are an investigation into the space where figurative painting becomes sensation: Departing from representation to become the very essence of the figure. The force of the body is contained and communicated through the paint and the manner in which it is painted, so that it can be felt rather then interpreted as visual code. Extending the flesh and the physical presence of painting through visual ambiguity but sensory clarity.
Painting is a way for me to investigate philosophical concepts of perception that are rooted within Merleau-Ponty’s essays on phenomenology and perception in art and Deleuze’s ‘Body without Organs’.
My work builds upon a lineage of painters such as Rembrandt, Cezanne, Bacon, whose paintings are able to deliver sensation of how the subject is perceived rather then observed, transgressing representation within figurative painting.
Oil on Canvas, 2010.
Oil, Spectragel on Canvas, 2011.
Oil on Hessian, 2011.
Oil, Beeswax, Alkyd Primer, on Hessian, 2011.