Statement

“The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing.” Pierre Bonnard

I paint figures in a wilderness. This may be natural wilderness, a tropical forest or an ice-field, or it may be a bleak public space such as superstore, casino, hospital, banqueting hall or shopping mall. Such settings challenge the figure and are characterised by glaring light which exposes and blitzes it. Set in difficult and exacting places, the figures are also made more vulnerable by my ˜iconoclastic” method of painting which seeks to deface or undo them. I use the mutable and unpredictable nature of paint to create people who are similarly in flux. They are assaulted by marks and blots, dissolve into acrylic fluidity or turn into nameless shapes so that both figure and figurative representation are destabilised and transformed. Metamorphosis, central to all my work, includes metamorphosis into abstraction through which an identifiable image is turned into something unnamed and mysterious.