” My paintings are formed by a range of performative, abstracted and gestural processes that entwine ideas of figure and landscape within a composition.
The vibrant, expansive colour fields simultaneously fluctuate from existing as sections of landscapes or as close up renderings of the human form with no permanent fixation on either.
I am interested by how the painted images oppose deflect specific, linear subject matter or narratives to stimulate much more emotional and instinctive responses with each viewer. Painting allows each individual to reflect upon their own unique perceptions of the image and access their own inner human energies in relation to these personal experiences with the image.
The paintings exist on the cusp of being figurative as to encourage non-linear exploration, where the viewer responds much more to their own feelings, emotions and sensations rather than following a specific, structured concept or story. The Non-linear aims to pose different ways for the viewer to read or navigate the image; ways that are instinctive, challenging, empowering and energetic, which can result in greater relationships between viewer and image.
The paintings have a full-frontal immediacy through their visual intensity, yet to spend time exploring their surfaces is to see the numerous contradicting planes, fragments of ideas, blurs of colour, forms all in constant flux in relation to viewer perceptions.
Each painting exists as a self-informing entity. The connotations and visual information is constantly growing, adapting and evoking new energies within each composition. The images are in continual tension, revealing everything and nothing all at once and over time.
Reference to texts by: Lydia Meehan (Artist & Writer), Dr Martyn Woodward (Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Art & Design)
‘Resilience’ (NHS 70 – CAV/UHL) Llandough Hospital, Cardiff, Wales. Commissioned 2018
‘Helping Hands’ Heath Hospital, Cardiff, Wales. Commissioned 2017
‘Impetus’ Cardiff School of Art & Design, Llandaff, Wales. Commissioned 2014
‘Untitled’ Cardiff School of Art & Design, Llandaff, Wales. Purchased 2014
‘Are You Living The Dream?’ Totton College, Southampton, UK. Commissioned 2010
2017 – Crickhowell Open Art, Oriel CRiC, First Place Prize, Wales
2017 – CSE Flash Fund Bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
2016 – Gane Trust Grant
2016 – CSE Flash Fund Bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
2013 – Dulcie Mayne Stephens Art Trust Travel Bursary
2011 – Fine Art Scholarship at Cardiff School of Art & Design
2018 – ‘Shell Heritage Commission’, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest, UK. Shortlisted
2017 – ‘Adam Speaks’ project, National Trust Croome Park, Worcestershire, UK. Shortlisted.
2014 – ‘Secret Art Prize’, Curious Duke Gallery, London. Runner up.
2014 – ‘Graduate Art Prize’, Works in Print, London. Runner up.
2014 – ‘Blank Canvas Commission’, Clyde & Co, London. Shortlisted.
2018 – ‘Aamir Art House’, Coexist, Goa, India
2014-16 – ‘Incubation Space’, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, Wales
2014 – ‘Art Hotel’, The Abacus, Cardiff Contemporary Festival, Cardiff, Wales
2011-14 – BA Hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales
2010-11 – Foundation Art, Totton College, Southampton, UK