I have always produced strong imagery working from a Fine Art background. For my figurative work I am constantly collecting images from print magazines, whether I am working on an on-going series of paintings or not. Every few years I carefully select and group images together to start working on a series of drawings. I work with groups of drawings for months at a time to manipulate the image, and then continue through to painting.

 

Mixing colours of paint is very important to the progress of each artwork. I mix my paints in tubs which I have used for many years, these contain left over paint from one art work to the next. As I work on each image I minimise details and line. 

I am very interested in minimalism, abstraction, strength from line work and composition. 

Although my paintings are more commonly compared to Pop Art because of my use of a black ‘comic book’ line, it is in fact a style inspired by the drawings of Picasso and Matisse, whose use of strong line work firstly captured my attention. My use of strong colours does however comes from my interests in 1st wave Pop Art from the 1950’s and from my interest in coloured glass.

 

From my experiences from living in Dublin, a brief stay in New York City and now being based in London, it has given me the opportunity to find out what mediums and themes that I am most passionate about. I have found that using acrylic {which is quick drying} on board and canvas, allows me to achieve the right colour pallet. I use large size boards and canvas to embrace the strong colours and line throughout my work.  

In the past I have created series’ of paintings dealing with Japanese advertisements of the 1920’s, Silver Screen film still’s and Fashion photography of the 1960’s. 

Over the last 12 years my work has evolved with the use of contemporary images which I have used to forward ideas. I am very interested in portraying figures in a contemporary manner. The work looks into how media imagery has changed over the past 70 years.

My paintings have been compared to many different art genres, from Realist to Pop Art, Fashion Illustration and even Art Deco.