Landscapes drawing from images taken in Thailand. I turned to the early modernists, as a result of my growing interest in Eastern philosophy, while aiming to create a sense of unity and movement. The ‘dot-style’ from my earlier paintings on plasterboard seemed to naturally evolve into a style some have likened to Klimt and Van Gogh. I feel one of the best descriptions came from an artist friend in Thailand when she commented that my landscapes ‘Look like they are breathing.’ From here, I began developing my dual compositions.
Work developed as a result of considering the following quote from Huxley in relation to landscapes – ‘At the antipodes of the mind, we are more or less completely free of language, outside the system of conceptual thought.’ Continuing research and influences include Expressionism, colour theory, Jung, Richard Wilhelm, Rudolf Otto, Eastern philosophy, the Mandala, astrophysics, Rumi, Blake, drone ambient, Hubble telescope and walks through rural Devon.
I was an indie-kid in my teens and in later years I got more into the underground dance scene, mainly drum ‘n’ bass, drone and dub techno. My work has always drawn inspiration from the DIY approach and I feel these paintings unleash an ever-present punk spirit into a world of increasing rules and homogeneous gentrification (not least in contemporary art).
This is an earlier painting I did for an ex-girlfriend. It’s based on a photo taken by my uncle on Dartmoor and marked the beginning of my eventual shift towards landscapes. The title is taken from Jorge Ben’s song, Toda Coloroida, which translates to ‘all colourful.’