The work shown here is 'portmanteau' imagery containing allusions to landscape and the human figure. The Lamentation series is inspired by a preparatory drawing by Rembrandt - Lamentation at the Foot of the Cross, which is in the British Museum. This immensely rich, unfinished work full of fascinating ambiguities became something of a gold mine of visual ideas for me. Over a period of two years I have made about sixty paintings from this source. Some are small scale watercolours, others mixed media on A1 paper and the last group is a collection of nine oil paintings 80 x 100 cms.
In 2015, inspired by a visit to Coney Island, I began a series of new works in which I used the structures of the funfair architecture: rides and sideshows to house images from popular art, history and myth. I was particularly interested in using these structures to contain reworkings of traditional subjects such as The Temptation of St Anthony. Reginald Marsh, the American artist, who did many paintings of Coney Island, was a traditionalist in that he studied Baroque artists and had little patience with ‘modern art’. What I have done is to inject ‘traditional’ subjects into Coney Island using a contemporary idiom in which much of the arrangement has been organised using an image manipulating computer program.
The most recent paintings shown here are more spontaneously painted, revisiting some earlier concerns of mine. These include imagery that seeks to embed the human form in landscape and also evoke dream spaces that have recurred throughout my life. These paintings are perhaps the most intuitive and lyrical works that I have made in recent years. For me painting continues to be a process of visual enquiry and discovery. It is not about ‘personal style’ but a way of coming to terms with the complexities of subjective and objective experience.