VARIOUS INDIVIDUAL PIECES
Most of the pieces found bellow are available at various galleries within South Africa, many at my Art Studio in Woodstock. As will become apparent, I enjoy using a variety of recycled surfaces as my canvases. Taking inspiration from not only my surroundings but from the surfaces themselves I am able to create works that have a life of their own. The subject speaks to the canvas, and the canvas speaks back opening up a channel for multidirectional dialogue which extends beyond the artwork itself.
I encourage observers to look closely at the artworks in my collection, imaginatively allowing themselves to solve the puzzles which lie beneath. There are no correct answers, and beyond creating a dialogue within my art I hope to create a dialogue between my art and its observers. Taking creative liberties will allow my audience to explore the subjective meaning they project onto my work, and may well allow them to reverse the gaze and explore the origin of such projections within themselves.
Bars // Life drawing; 59 x 84 CM. Available at Stateoftheart.
Intimacy manifest itself in an endless variety of intra-personal and interpersonal relationships. Be it the unconditional love a mother has for her child, the companionship between man and his pet, classic romantic love, or the self-love we all hope to both attain and retain. For how can we love others if we know not yet how to love ourselves. Love thyself, and be loved.
Intimacy exhibition 2020
Taking a dramatic turn back to still life amidst an explosion of art created around the human subject can often be a challenge for me, but I believe that it is important to incorporate diversity into my artistic process if I wish to keep my artistic expression exciting and current.
NEW YORK COLLECTION
Poetry is as diverse and inspiring as art. During the Romantic period of human creativity and innovation it was Wordsworth who described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” Following such a definition much the same is true of art, and certainly of the art I create.
My Goal is to experience life fully present, to absorb the smells, sights, sounds, feelings and atmosphere around me at all times. This is particularly true of my time spent traveling. As such, most of the art you find in this collection takes inspiration from my lived experiences whilst on the go, unable to document in real time the emotions and imaginative ramblings they evoke. Thus, it is in tranquility and upon reflection that such things, such feelings and emotions flood my brain and overflow onto the canvases before me, the result being art of a poetic nature.
Love yOUR mOTHER
The goal of much of my later work has been social, political and cultural commentary. The point of this is not to shame and vilify groups of people or the system at large, but rather to productively build society up by drawing attention to largely under-appreciated or misunderstood aspects of our modern world.
The environment has been a passionate focus of mine during the year 2020, and the piece bellow seeks to illustrate a fundamental aspect of climate change and global warming overlooked by most. This being that our relationship to the environment is a reflection of our relationship with ourselves and others. “love yOUR mOTHER” is the title of this artwork, and draws attention to the highly personal bond that humans in fact have with the natural environment. We are a product of the natural world, just as we are our own mothers whom brought us into this world, and we should thus love, protect and defend this earth as we would our own mothers. We cannot function without the life supporting systems of this planet, and to neglect the planet is to neglect ourselves and others. If you do not love your other you cannot hope to save the environment, for without altruism the motivation to create a better future is lost.
Love your mother
love our mother
love your other.
Traveling for me is about collecting more than just memories and experience. On my travels I often venture in to small thrift stores and book shops, communicating with locals and interacting within their more ordinary public spaces. This allows me a small window into the nuances of their culturally determined lives, thus enhancing my ability to create art which accurately reflects their unique lived experiences. Not only does this allow me to forge bonds with local citizens which often stretch across time and space beyond my travel adventures, but I am too able to collect beautiful local books, maps and other artifacts which in turn become the canvases on which I represent these people. The collection documented bellow is an example of the fruits of my creative process, both canvas and subject brining unique elements of subjective interpretation to the table.
Nuns for Nature
Most mornings I start my day by making my way down to the beach for my daily walk and yoga, I use this time to reconnect with myself and ground down through the earth. The stillness of the morning combined with the rhythmic beating of the ocean waves provides a meditative environment in which to tune into whats happening within and around me. During this solitary time I often experience great insights and set important intentions for the day ahead. Sometimes I pray, sometimes I meditate, sometimes I cry, sometimes I laugh. On more than one occasion I have emerged from my meditative state with my intentions set on helping a friend or reducing my carbon footprint, only to open my eyes and be rewarded by Mother Earth. On one such morning after contemplating the state of the environment I opened my eyes to find R200 flailing in the breeze, clinging to the damp morning sand. No more coincidences. That morning I resolved to be warrior for the world, a nun for nature.
The artwork bellow takes its inspiration from my experience of being connected to the earth in a very spiritual way. I speak to the world and the world speaks back, sending me signs that I am on the right track.
I take the discarded materials of modern work and transmute their surfaces into artefacts with a powerful appeal to current artistic sensibilities. Scarred wood, rusted steel, battered metal and builder’s planks are all grist to my grinder, saw and paint brush. The story of each piece is transmutation, the outcome, I hope, is enchantment.
Color me Pretty
Recycling existing materials is the foundation and inspiration for much of the work I do. Bellow is just a small example of the variety of outcomes that can be achieved by up-cycling the discarded and disregarded “waste” material of modern society. Upon close observation it becomes evident how the subject matter speaks to the canvas, and the canvas to its subject. I like to create a dialogue with my art, allowing the subject matter and canvas not only to communicate with and enrich one another, but also to communicate with the audience, enriching their subjective understanding of what they see before them. This particular collection took its inspiration from my travel adventures in Prague, both the canvases and subject matter being locally sourced and mindfully coupled to create thought provoking works of art.