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.”
“I’ve a feeling that you’re looking at Fernando Botero, but if you are not you really, really, really need to look them up because I think you would get a lot out of him.
At any rate, there’s kind of a South American Flair to this image, and I really appreciate how attentive that you’ve been to the facial features, and the shape of the body, and hands, I love that you’ve articulated each little tooth on the man on the right. You see that each man has his own personality and individuality, and I can see the narrative of the conversation between them.
You may find it valuable to try experimenting with ‘non colors’, colors that fall under the muted or gray spectrum, and add those to your language. I noticed that you’re using pretty much one hundred percent saturation, adding a couple muted colors will make your painting actually more vibrant than it already is.”