Silly Sticky Fingers and All
Recent works influenced by a kind of emphasis on Art Brut and Art Informel influences from my past. There is a tension between the abstract and the concrete in the way I approach these figures that references the raw, spontaneous and expressionist significance that I was drawn to in my early practice. The preference for European art rather than the Abstract Expressionists from the USA has always resonated in my painting. Thence the significance of child-like and Outsider Art in my work. The European artists of the 1940’s-70’s maintained a tension between the abstract and the concrete in their work that reflected an existentialist kind of angst that has always driven my work. I pursue a deliberate humour and the irony of the savage underbelly in children’s unabashed joy and exuberance that they/we express in the earliest stages of life and being/coming into being. Existentialist angst reflects/counterpoints the desire to be a ‘toddler’ again in the face of having to assume the existential responsibility of being ultimately alone. That!