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Reading University
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Artist, Critic
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
I am...
A political artist working to the Philosophies of Critical Realism.
About my artwork
Critical Realism in painting is looking to the Human condition, to be critical about our reality; our interaction with this and the act of painting itself, inspired from the words of Francis Bacon and the theories in Critical Realism already being discussed in the Social Sciences, Philosophy and Photography.

I have been looking to Literature; Philosophy, Psychology, History, Religion, Spirituality and Science to question our influences, what makes us tick and the way were headed.

My intention, to follow the philosophies of Critical Realism in a medium which has not yet been widely explored, my paintings designed to create debate about difficult subjects of life, mainly looking to politics, religion and the social struggles we see in the news every day.

Philosophy Now, a magazine of ideas states “Critical realism principally opposes itself to positions we typically see as postmodernist. It recognises that knowledge is socially constructed, and liable to be contaminated by ideology, but none the less holds that objective scientific knowledge is possible. This is only possible if we carefully scrutinize the socio-historic context of its origin; hence the critical thrust”… “Critical realism aims at conceptual clarity, but is also concerned to humanise science for practical, political and ecological aims”.

I create my paintings in the most visually stimulating way I can. To make them surreal yet remain focused in reality we are aware of can create layers of information to be discussed. Looking to the subconscious for inspiration and the accident in which Bacon proposed, I find this way of painting fits the bill. Other main influences come form other political painters such as Leon Golub, John Keane and Phillip Guston (in his latter years).
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At 11:48 on November 5, 2011, Sadat Laope said…

1. We Are The No.1 Problems.
2. Take It!
3. Sometime,We Don't Need To Think.

- Sadat Laope
At 14:39 on January 12, 2011, simon mack said…

hi again senor - same here been a bit full on recently myself (work hassles etc) anyway - great the concept for a three city art exhibition in 2011 or 2012 on the provisional theme of  "nomadic lives-panglobal narratives" with a socio=political emphasis is what im aiming for ideally.  the key point im lookg for artists who are going to contribute with works,ideas for venues + media exposure. the last 2 years experience as curator on merseyside (see my cv) made me realise many will let others do th ework whilst just turning up with work. this is not enough. as yr based in Ldn can you give me yr ideas ? i've exhibited at various small places since 2000 can you add yr input to poss venues etc etc. all work will have to be easily postable to the other venues overseas of course. is the Foundry now relocated to a new hackney location for instance, the crypt gallery at st.pancras church opp euston are my initial ideas. Berlin + Shibuya are stage 2+3 locations. 



At 22:41 on December 9, 2010, simon mack said…
for me + i assume you - art + politics is and has always been inextricably linked . either consciously or subconsciously in all vital artists best work including ours. best rgds + let me know if have any ideas / proposals for a London or Berlin show perhpas. im in th eprocess of doin gthis +possibly tokyo in 2011/12. rgds.

At 9:36 on October 21, 2010, Paul Stewart said…
thank you for the comment, positve crit is exactly what im looking for and there is so much politically going on right now it just seems right that art is the best form to combat it, on the blog you can subscribe to an email list so if u were interested when ever i post any new work it will inform you , thanks again

At 8:47 on September 23, 2010, mike hinc said…
Good statement. The link to your blog does not work. Why not post some work here?


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