To paint a small picture about myself…
I use narrative, figurative painting, with elements of allegory and symbolism, as a form of socio-political commentary. Following in the figurative tradition, I aim to invite debate about the politics of the recent past and present and expose things that are often ignored or seemingly overlooked. Painting and drawing are essential to my practice and I seek inspiration from the widest range of sources possible.
At the heart of my artwork lies an exploration of the human condition, a perhaps futile attempt to decode it.
The actions and consequences within the work act as an observation of class issues, pertaining to increasing inequality and social mobility. This is partly inspired by my own background growing up in a ex-mining village in the Midlands. The elements of displacement and instability stem from the current socio-political climate and the politics of fear.