b. 1987, Hornchurch

I aim to create paintings that offer audiences environments within the confines of the suburban common place, reassessing the modern sense of the idyllic landscape, creating solitary contemplation for which viewers can existentially escape to. I would say my approach is more of a ‘Romantic Realist’, depicting a sense of melancholy deriving from the loss of Romanticism’s admiration of the sublime found in nature. Re-evaluating the emotion of the romantic trait to seek the essence of everyday life.  Bringing to light aspects that we consider the mundane and moments which we usually disregard or miss brought to attention for audiences to develop a new sense of appreciation for such.

My work takes a revisionist path back to the emotional expression of ‘Romanticism’, not so much as contextualising such traditions to the present but showing a continuation for the Romantic traditions for the re-evaluation of the scenery and the discovery of its symbolic qualities. Considering the past in a new light to discover new perspectives on what is happening today, and to characterize the social and environmental concerns of today’s modern society.

Based on my own personal experiences from childhood to adulthood through to my everyday observations, I focus on places in the surrounding landscape in order to seek idyllic environments for solitary contemplation. In such constructed landscapes I aim to engage with the viewer, encouraging them to project their own personal experiences, to create an ‘ideal world’ for them to temporarily escape from the demanding routines and pressures of everyday life. In some of my paintings I intend to not make the locations known so that they instead strive to serve as ‘the everywhere’ or ‘nowhere’ places of ambiguous familiarity capturing the unconscious mood presenting a presenting a psychological space rather than a topological description.

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