Paintings

 
 

I paint primarily in gouache as it allows me to explore my love of collage but create my own characters, and thus, my own narrative. Whilst my paintings have been described as a take on the Japanese idea of the ‘floating world’, for me they owe more to the Buddhist philosophy that all phenomena are mere appearances to the mind, that ‘colour’ and ‘form’ are merely imprinted in this life, and ultimately do not exist outside the mind that perceives them. Add to this, the pagan tree of life and the cyclic year, the paintings then become a metaphor for a world in transition, an expression of that ungraspable moment where Taxonomic forms interact with images from popular culture to give a dialogue to the journeys within this human life, and beyond.

The works of Alan Davie, Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Richard Dadd have had the greatest impact on my own pursuit of expression. This relationship between colour and form in my paintings has equal importance: it’s about how they interact on paper; it’s their combined story; and ultimately, it’s about the actual craft of painting.

Midnight in the garden of earthly delights; 2016 – 2020

The hour of hostalgia, the hour of happiness, the hour of solitude
the hour of happiness, the hour of solitude
The journey from the self, to the inner self
the journey from the self, to the inner self
we are in conflict with each other, advancing, retreating
we are in conflict with each other, advancing, retreating
How should we search for real existence
how should we search for real existence
brothers and sisters, bear your pain in silence
brothers and sisters, bare your pain in silence
The countless petals of seperation and death
the countless petals of separation and death
the stages journeyed by my soul

Often I stop, and look back; 2020 – present

The path of return is already clear on the horizon
May this universe not deceive you
Risk everything, ask for nothing
I return to my inmost soul