Men in Hats
oil on board
70″ x 47″
” I am a Queensland, Australia based artist, I studied a bachelor of fine arts, majoring in painting at the Queensland College of Art. I have always had an infinity for art/art making, my father supported a creative life, and he set the ground work for my life today.
My process and relationship with art is a personal one. My motivation for creating is to create work that helps me understand the world, to scratch a proverbial itch in my brain. In doing this, I paint portraits that rely less on iconography and more on the emotions and contradictions inevitably within them. When talking about the effect I want in my work, I like the phrase ‘read the room’ to describe it. The intent is to not tell or encourage people to feel a certain way, but to leave the work ambiguous enough for my viewers to create their own narrative. I like to create narratives that subtly critique the absurdity of everyday life, using contradictions to do this, as well as bright colors on a sad face, contradictory colors together, detailed figures on a flat plane.
I tend to be visual, not good with names, but I am inspired by the German expressionists. Most notably, Ludwig Kirchner has been a prolific influence in my art practice. The late music icon Pete Burns, lead singer of the band Dead or Alive is also notable in bringing absurdist undertones into my painting. I assume like most artists I am inspired by everyday life.”