The current theme of my artwork stems from my own experiences with Hi-Fi systems, headphones, tape recorders and radios. I create a dialogue on the fascination, desire and significance of audio and visual formats in today’s digital society. The Initial start of my ideas often involves several collages and drawings of audio recording equipment, exploring the physical aspects of the machinery that enables us to capture and listen to sound. Reflective brushed metal, multiple rows of replicated levers, scratched plastic windows, brightly coloured wires with plugs attached, holes for the plugs. Within the process of painting these textured elements, the media can start to suggest the faintest of sound and distortions of noise.
For many years, the focus of my paintings was mainly local landscapes, although I constantly felt that my ideas were in some way too restricted; I couldn’t put my finger on what was lacking in my work or where it was going. In 2014, I decided to explore a few initial ideas based around my love of music and my own record collection. After executing my ideas, they hung on my studio wall for a few weeks which allowed me to see possibilities of developing other paintings. That never happened after finishing any of my landscape pieces. It didn’t happen as a ‘light bulb’ moment, yet those paintings started to make me realise that my artwork needed to take a completely different direction. I had found a theme that suddenly provided me with a rich vein of inspiration; it was the link to an exciting connection of things that I had gravitated towards throughout my childhood and early Adulthood.
The materials I use are acrylic, graphite and spray paint. This is produced on paper or wood. I alternate between using brush marks and spraying areas to achieve a variety of surface qualities. I can use up to 10 different size brushes per painting, from size 000 round head to 4″ mottler brushes and use a wide range of skinny to fat spray caps. Each piece can take from 60 to 80 hours to produce.
Inspiration comes from artists such as James Rosenquist, Brendan Neiland, Roderick Packe, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Roy Lichtenstein and a whole host of Graffiti writers.