Essex, England, UK
Art Medium: contemporary figurative painting, portraits
My current work consists mainly of portraits and nudes. I have always been fascinated by the representation of the human figure in Art; not simply as an object, but also as an expression of the model’s personality. In truth, I don’t see any distinction between either group of work, and I consider my paintings of nudes to be very much portraits.
I am interested in the relationship between the artist, the model and the viewer. The “Relationships Series” evolved from a number of figure studies that I was working on from 2005. With this work I have attempted to explore the relationships between two figures within a composition, in both a spatial and an emotional sense, whilst also looking at the idea of nudity, as compared with nakedness or self-consciousness. I find it fascinating how the addition of a second figure within a composition transforms these relationships, often introducing a sense of nakedness – compelling the viewer to install a narrative (often with a sexual element), regardless of the Artist’s design. The emotional or psychological relationship between the figures almost writes itself.