Born in Sydney, Australia. As a painter and contemporary colourist the concepts for my work stem from life experiences and the sources of inspiration found through a broad variety of subjects that include the figurative, landscape and manmade worlds.About two years ago I painted a series of carousel paintings. The inspiration for this series came from childhood memories of riding carousels and the exotic and garish horses, animals, blaring music and flashing lights that captivated me so long ago. In this body of work I experimented with trying to express that feeling of movement, colour and excitement in a completely original and unique way.By disintegrating shapes and colours into dissolving forms - a diffusion and distortion produced lyrical forms expressing movement - rhythm and illusions. Reflecting on these more recent painting methods I wanted to engage longer and deeper with the painting process in a more deliberate and meditative mark making way. Perhaps this stemmed out of a period of illness where if I can use the analogy of gardening when I spent weeks upon weeks pulling up weeds across an entirely wild bush garden and this imbued me with a kind of therapeutic contentment which has carried over into my painting. Formerly bolder more expressive splashy painting was my painting process. Whether I am looking at the majesty of nature or the magnificence and complexities of life and its cultural activities, I am able to fragment and dissolve everyday life by drawing out its absurdities and reconfiguring those elements. …Read More
I have been developing a body of work which focuses on merging ideas, different cultural customs and personal experiences into abstracted images of figurative and visible world motifs, forming distortions of movement and colour that evoke radiance and diversity of human nature and the natural world.
Since working in the direction of evolving my own style and technique via the disintegration of shape and colour into fragments, I have been creating paintings with a diffusion and distortion giving lyricism to my work – expressing movement and rhythm - an illusion imbued with an emotive spirit. Colour is energy that suggests rhythm. There is a vibration of excitement in the work that cannot physically be touched, but instead pulsates and the viewer is drawn into the world that I create. The vibrations create an energy which when transformed and expressed in painting come from a spirit deep within: to paraphrase Wassily Kandinsky, the choice of an object or a subject is decided only by a corresponding vibration in the human soul.
My concepts are drawn from inspirations of the natural world, the human form and the man-made world around me fused together with personal life experiences to reveal kaleidoscopic jewel-like paintings, which become metaphors for life. Because life embodies energy, nothing remains static in nature & human life and therein lies a trajectory to the soul and the spirit that moves and stirs within every organism, thus my works form narratives from our lives.
Breaking down motion via the interpretation of expressive mark making creates sensations and spirituality that takes me on a journey from those initial ideas through to painting the work. The reconfiguration of the traditional becomes an illusion of painterly motion, a diffusion of light and colour interactions - distortion changes an object’s usual shape to communicate ideas and feelings.
Preliminary works on paper may be studies or become finished works. Final works are painted in oils on MDF board, a support that lends itself to the work through a blending of colour saturation, which brings about a lushness in the works. My working process enables me to immerse myself totally whilst painstakingly applying fine brushstrokes to gradually bring the work into its own - from genesis through the intense layering of colour and mark marking. I generally work in a series of paintings.
The development of an imagined piece into an actual artwork is a progression of possibilities, thereby converting a possibility into a reality from initial concept to execution. The finished works are a journey, and the freedom to make art allows me to combine my ideas and materials to respond both subjectively and spiritually.
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E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION2006-Cert + Diploma Fine Arts TAFE WSI Nepean TAFE2004Printmaking Workshop BAS Blackheath2003Expressive Abstract Paint. Summer School CSU Bathurst2002Creative Photography Summer School Katoomba1986-1990Art Students League with William Scharf New York USA1965-1969John Ogburn Studio; Joe Rose Studio Sydney1963-1965Studies with Prof. Maximillian Feuerring SydneySOLO EXHIBITIONS2009 In Colour In Farbe Exhibition Katoomba 1997Carousels I Australian Consulate-General New York USA1996Portraits & Poses ACG New York USA1995Stillness & Movement ACG New York USA 1994Mostly Faces ACG New York USASELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2010 Blue Mountains Artists Company (BMAC) Blue Mtns 2009 Liverpool Art Prize Liverpool2009Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown2009On the Boil Exhibition TAP Gallery Sydney2009Event Horizon Gallery Katoomba2009 Muswellbrook Open Art Prize Muswellbrook2008Fusion Point Exhibition ATVP Newtown2008Event Horizon Gallery Katoomba2008Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown2008TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisit . Prize Kingswood2008COCOs 2008 Contemporary Colourists Blackheath2008Gallery 26 Sydney2007Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown2007About A Woman TAP Gallery Sydney2007Guest Artist Gallery Blackheath Blackheath2006 Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown2006Me Myself & Art Trapezium Gallery Kingswood2006 3D Mini Works Trapezium Gallery Kingswood2006 Pinhole Photographs Trapezium Gallery Kingswood2006 COCOs 2006 Contemporary Colourists Blackheath2006 LGA Conference Exhibition Fairmont Resort Leura 2005BMAN Blue Mountains Artists Network Katoomba/Leura2003Norman Lindsay Gallery Photographic Award Faulconbridge2003Blue Mountains Photographers Exhibition Katoomba2002-pres Blackheath Art Society Blackheath1992Cornell Medical Center Library New York USA1988-1992 Lenox Hill Artists Forum New York USA1991 Whitbread Round-the-World Yacht Race Florida USAPRIZES, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES2010 ArtSMART Workshops Parramatta Artists Studios Parramatta2010Launceston City Council Artist Residency Kings Bridge CottageCataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania2009Euan MacLeod Judges Prize Bent Art Exh Katoomba2008Winner TAFE 2008 Student Painting KingswoodAcquisitive Prize 2007 West MacDonnell Ranges Painting Safari Central Aus2007Commended BAS Spring Open Art Exhibition Blackheath2007Commended BAS Easter Art Exhibition Blackheath2006 First Prize Blackheath Art Society Easter BlackheathArt Exhibition - Judge Tony Bond, AGNSW 2005Highly Commended BAS Spring Art Exhibition Blackheath1989 Artist Residency Cummington Mass. USABIBLIOGRAPHY2008Penrith City Star June 24 Guests Best of West2009The Blue Mountains Gazette 26 August Creative Journeys Unite2009 Discover the Blue Mountains & Central West August2010 Launceston Examiner March 13 Extra Arts Artist finds the Gorge full of Colour2010 ABC Northern Tasmania Radio Interview 9 March Launceston,…Read More