Creative Outlets

"I think that the very great artists were not trying to express themselves.They were trying to trap the fact, because after all, artists are obsessed by life and by certain things that obsess them that they want to record. And they've tried to find systems and construct the cages in which these things can be... Continue Reading →

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Panic Attack Series

Being a creative person is the best thing in times of trauma, sadness and general unhappiness. Being creative provides you with an outlet that may not otherwise exist; a space to release all the inner burdens. I had a series of panic attacks last year as a result of some emotional baggage and initially they were... Continue Reading →

Acrylic Work

  It's fascinating looking back at old work and seeing how my style has evolved and changed over time. What intrigues me most is not simply my evolution in technique, but my interest and use of material. I have experimented a lot over the years and have come to find that you can never fail... Continue Reading →

John Virtue

I was looking through some old work when I came across these images of my First Year studio. This was probably the one and only time my choice of topic deviated from Body Art and instead focused on the natural landscape. I think I surprised even myself in this shift as there was no real explanation for it... Continue Reading →

Flora Whiteley ‘Present Continuous’

Talking more about getting back into painting is actually relevant to another exhibition I saw recently at Vane; Flora Whiteley's 'Present Continuous'. Given her cinematic background, her works have elements of film and stage-like set ups, which bring a new dimension to what are otherwise very painterly works. At present I'm not too interested in researching... Continue Reading →

Pink in Progress (Over/Under work)

'Rizzo' in progress Working for the piece for the Pop Up Pink exhibition has made me realise how much I miss painting. Although I love the direction my work has taken and all the exciting things it's led to that I thought I would never do (performance being the prime example), I will never give... Continue Reading →

In Time

It's always funny looking back at old artwork. This is because I look at it with all of the feelings and emotions I was applying at the time of its creation, yet I'm also looking at it with my more current artistic views. So there ends up being this two-way reading of a work. What I felt then and what I feel now.... Continue Reading →

Yvonne Hindle ‘Supertranslations’

Yvonne Hindle’s ‘Supertranslations’ is an exhibition at Gallery North which sadly ends today. It is truly beautiful and she is clearly a master of paint.  There is so much going on in her paintings, they’re like her own individually created universe. When you look at them you feel as if you are falling and being... Continue Reading →

Painting Digression

It's strange when I think how I used to consider myself as an artist. I was adamant painting would always and forever be my one and truly love. How wrong I was...As much as I love painting, it really does have it's limitations. Not in the sense that all painting is bad, it's just sometimes not the right means... Continue Reading →

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