I paint powerful ideas that convey a strong message relating to current news events and issues that affect me on an emotional level. As an observer, I notice many things: details, responses, changes in my environment and society. Art making is my journey of learning about the world through experience and experimentation. It is also an ongoing quest to develop and improve artistic techniques, methods and technologies.
My work combines real-life models with images from my imagination to create works that are influenced by Hyperrealism and Surrealism, underpinned by studies of the work of the old masters to recreate the tension and dramatic use of light and shade in their work. My research brings together multiple media images and news events in each painting, they interconnect in surprising ways, possibly creating a new felt environment of my own creation, a parallel world in which suffering dominates and questions are asked. Art making also creates a bridge between me and the world around me so that through art I can form a connection with people and find a way to respond and be accountable a combination of influences coming together and elements are broken down.
I like to paint in large scale influenced by hyperrealism and surrealism. Sometimes I start to paint my idea straight into a large canvas, drawing my ideas in pencil and developing them by adding colours with careful consideration of light and shade, which I have studied from Old Masters. Velázquez and Caravaggio are my heroes. During this process I take photos and videos for each step of my work, which I usually like to print and display in a sketchbook. Then, from time to time, I go back and study them to see the best effect. At other times I paint my composition directly onto the canvas using thin brushes and oil paint. I create a special mixture of brown, a little blue and a little white to draw the shape of the figure and carefully start adding colours and work in details. Other times, I paint the background first then add my composition on it, making sure to archive the volume I want in a flat canvas.
2015-2018, Degree of Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours London Metropolitan University at CASS.
In the Graduation Exhibition received the OWEN ROWLEY PRIZE 2018 Award.
Alongside university studies, I continued evening classes such as Abstract Painting, Life drawing and Life Portrait oil. Figuration and Abstraction, followed by group exhibition in Hampstead School of Art.
Other short courses attended, 2018-2019: Life drawing, Superimposed drawing (RA), Life drawing, surface, form (RA), Life drawing, Michelangelo: Approaches to Drawing the Figure, Royal Academy.
2015, Foundation Diploma level 3 in Fine Art with Merit at Hampstead school of Art followed by exhibition.
November 2014, Colour Mixing for Oil Painting, City Lit College
Exhibiting in Cass Art BP show "Face to Face", September 2019
Solo Exhibition at Hampstead School of Art Gallery, September to 16 October 2019
First prize ALAN DEIVIS “Painting the Heath” competition 2019
2020, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2019 BP Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
2019, Solo Exhibition, Old Diorama Art Centre Gallery
2019 Artist in Residence, Hampstead School of Art
2019 Artist in Residence, Old Diorama Arts Centre
2013-2019 Summer Exhibitions, Hampstead School of Art
2013 Solo Exhibition for the Deaf Day at City Lit College