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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Painting
About my artwork
I paint, because I wasn't supposed to be a computer repair technician and hold a disdain for working in factory environments, repairing computers. That life chore prevents me from freely pursuing my life’s desire to become the best artist that I can be.
It is this underlying disdain which drives me to make paintings which respond to my perceived conflict between the urban landscape and the natural landscape. I place these subjects against each other in order to explore contemporary notions of landscape painting and aim for my work to respond to both the history of landscape painting and the desire to expand upon that history, whereby landscape painting might continue to capture the imagination of a 21st century audience.
While the natural landscape may be thought of as my primary subject matter, the urban environment and the disdain I feel toward factory work, bear down upon my emotions, which is why I treat my landscape paintings with both sensitivity and aggression.
Traditionally, landscape painting might be thought of as ‘a window on the world’, I feel that my work is perhaps more like ‘a window on the mind’ and so in order to paint my subject, I draw upon the physical matter of both environments, where the asymmetry of the natural landscape is in juxtaposition against the linearity of the urban environment. My subject matter is therefore in limbo, somewhere between the figuration of representation, and the lyricism of abstraction, somewhere between the physical world and the subconscious mind.
Artists I like
Graham Crowley, Gerhard Richter, Ian McKeever, Caspar David Friedrich, JMW Turner, Peter Doig...