My paintings often depict travelling figures (Sami, explorers, riders, Berbers, mountaineers) struggling, dashing, trudging through the wilderness of the world. The wilderness may be a natural one or it may be a metropolitan public space such as superstore, casino or mall. The settings are frequently overwhelming in the sense that they dwarf or challenge the living creature. They are also characterised by the presence of glaring light which exposes, blitzes and transforms the figure and sets up an arena of contrast between dazzle and darkness. Struggling and beleaguered though they may be, however, my explorers, shoppers, tourists, horsemen and unidentified “travelling groups” are also resilient, singular and determined with their liveliness enhanced by the quick, spontaneous way in which they are represented.
Guardian journalist Carole Jahme’s interview in my studio: