I am a visual artist predominantly creating large scale street paintings, oil portraits and printmaking. I am interested in how contemporary portraiture, can be used to present alternative narratives. My subjects are for the most part everyday people, unsung heroes and heroines whose triumphs I seek to highlight, represent and pay tribute to. The challenge for me is to reflect these stories; with an honesty and depth of emotion that reflects the humanity of those I paint. My approach to painting is inspired by the use of lighting and drama by old masters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt. I also draw on the energy of contemporary forms of art including New York subway art and 80′s British underground comics such as 2000 AD and Tank Girl. Ultimately my practice is a clash of classical and contemporary art aesthetics, resonating with audiences who have little or no knowledge of the history of art. My street work is ephemeral, I am motivated by the democratization of art with regards to the reclaiming of our public spaces, and also opening new audiences to engage with and critique the work.
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