At the time of writing this I am approaching my twenty-fifth birthday and I perceive I’m just on the verge of truly getting a handle on what painting is to me. Currently I’m aware of my paintings being assertions of the freedom of imagination and the mysteries contained therein, (I hope) disconnected from cumbersome ideas about personal identity. So even though most have figures in them and are rooted in some kind of iconographical mythology, they are motivated by a force that’s invisible but only lies beneath pictures. They’ve also historically been rather disconnected from the sheen of smartness and coolness that I thought you might need to penetrate the institutions of the contemporary art world, because I felt repulsed by and afraid of the muddle of values I saw at work there. And though my paintings are all pictures, the richest and deepest element of finishing them for me is the physical engagement with paint as a uniquely mutable substance. And what it has that is permanent and immune to lazy assumptions about what our culture of fast worthless pictures has done to devalue or make obsolete the painted image. I’m attempting to work in accordance with values that are very old, resistant to verbal communication or a comfortable role in Post-Modern ‘discourse’, and to uncover invisible forces that, paradoxically, I only feel able to access currently through attentive use of the traditions of image-making. And if that’s all a bit pretentious for you, I like pro wrestling and Shirley Temple. I’m probably also quite English in outlook and I like the visionary landscapes of Samuel Palmer, as well as other aspects of nature mysticism such as the writings of Richard Jefferies. I’m always on the lookout for bits of popular or television culture that strike me with a particular kind of deep resonance. I have an increasing desire to fearlessly tackle the complexities and apparent awkwardnesses of right now. I tend to gravitate towards images from television programmes that announce at the beginning they contain flashing lights that may induce epileptic seizures.
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