I am a current fine art graduate and designer. Following my graduation from Newcastle University I am now based in East Anglia working as a designer whilst continuing my fine art practice. I am predominantly a painter, interested in interpretation and rendition of domestic spaces in large scale formats. I also incorporate biographical elements and topical events as means of exploring relationships between them, the viewer and myself.
The (mainly) large sale, colourful nature of my paintings will contrast and disturb, if not overwhelm, the stylised and impersonal design of the hotel room. By presenting the paintings in a less personal environment, the intricate, the domestic nature of my paintings will contrast their physical location and will create a conversation about that which is intimate and personal to us within our living spaces. I want to bring the idea of ‘home’ and personal space into an unfamiliar setting that lacks those certain intimate touches that makes our space ours.
My paintings explore individual, intimate relationships between people and their homes. I obsess over certain elements found in domestic interiors and seek to encourage the viewer to explore their own relationship with their own living spaces by presenting scenes people can familiarise with. Light switches, skirting boards, crumpled bed sheets etc fascinate me not only from a design perspective but also in terms of their ability to reveal a lot about the inhabitants.
'Interior Tropic' triptych calls for a closer, voyeuristic observation; black-on-black, night time window reflections of the inside of rooms. 'Lounge Epic' explores quirky design tastes and the kitsch nature of mass produced decorative touches; I imagine this painting hanging slightly above eye-level on a wall with either potted palm trees or empty plant pots below it to emphasize the scene. Lastly, and most ambitiously, 'Eighth' is a large-scale rendition of a bedroom and a painting I find most intimate due to the obvious subject matter. Dependent on the room size, I imagine this painting sitting on top of a bed (or leaning against it), with the physical bed becoming ‘one’ with the one painted on the canvas.