Mankind has always been greedy for more than is necessary for comfort. Our appetite has increased as our technology has developed.
My paintings and prints comment on the many contradictions of our society. Our insatiable desires, wastefulness and hunger for new experiences leave us little time to be still and to be.
The Salome Show
In the Biblical story Salome's lust for the Prophet John the Baptist is so obsessive and overwhelming that, because she is humiliated by his rejection, she is willing to have him killed so that she can possess him. There is a mixture of romance with desire, religious values with the profane giving this story a hedonistic appeal. She could so easily be part of our consumer society, forever grasping for more.
To capture the sensations of the story and our ambiguous relationship with desire and stardom, I’ve made comparisons with reality TV which gives participants who crave celebrity the opportunity to achieve their aims. We look on with horror and perhaps a touch of envy, but look on we do. The large audiences who watch the reality shows, buy the magazines, Google celebrity and try to live the dream are just part of the fantasy of excess.
After art school at Walthamstow School of Art and The London School of Printing I spent some years as an art director in advertising working in England and Germany. The work gave me a valuable insight into graphics, photography and all forms of printmaking.
For the past twenty years, been painting and printmaking.
I am a Council Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) …Read More