I have always asked questions of painting. What should I paint? How does
it communicate? Where is painting in relationship to other cultural activities?
In the last three years my work has been an exploration, an attempt to
answer these questions and discover what painting means to me.
Through studio practice and research I have attempted to address this
enquiry through a form of ‘random sampling’. This strategy
enables me to explore painting without a pre-defined subject matter. From
the Oxford Dictionary I created a data-bank of one-thousand nouns (e.g.
Airport, Barn, Car, Dish); each individual word is used to dictate the
subject matter of each painting. The only stipulation or parameter is
that the word necessitates the production of ‘one painting a day’.
My work is not exclusively dependent on any one source for imagery, I
utilise internet image-banks, books, newspapers, magazines, and my own
memory. I do not differentiate or make qualitative or value decisions
which of these is more important. To me these images are all equal within
the pool of images which have been selected. It is not my intention to
impose a theme, imply a narrative or create a new subject matter. My interest
is in the subject, the communication through the medium of paint and in
the formal properties of each painting. This is more important to me than
the subject matter which I regard as the starting point, a place from
which questions can be asked. Through experimentation I have discovered
that a greater degree of immediacy and visual interest is generated in
the paintings by limiting the timescale of their production.
University School of Art andDesign :BA Hons Fine Art 'Painting'
sales, commissions and to send comments to the artist.