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Artist's Statement

My artistic practice aims to create immersive experiences that grapple with the wider environmental, consumerist and existential anxieties of the contemporary world, while elaborating the essential humanism of painting as an emotive, intellectual art form. Exploiting the gaps between figuration and abstraction, my work raises questions about the nature of representation, supplanting mimetic notions with the assertion of paintings as objects in their own right, engaging audiences in complex ways of looking and seeing.

Building on the pictorial experimentation of modernism and post-war abstraction, my work balances a formalist interest in light, colour and surface with an emphasis on the subjective power of gesture. The precise handling of paint and the importance of chance operations, along with the writings of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Wallace Stevens, also influence the character of my work. I have a preference for the medium of oil on board or aluminium, and my interest in the relationships between art and the viewer has led to increasingly large-format supports that offer audiences an experience on the human scale. I have a preference for the mediums of oil on a variety of supports, but my output also includes sculpture in wood, printmaking and the use of found objects. 

The concept of place plays an important role in my practice, giving shape to more universal considerations of the human condition. My most recent work – heavily influenced by my relocation from Sydney to regional NSW – has engaged with disruptions to cyclical weather patterns in light of accelerated climate change, and examined competing geographical conceptions of line in coastal and inland regions of Australia. Upcoming site-specific works will further my exploration of place in pursuing the relationships between artwork, architecture and the ways in which audiences are moved through both gallery and non-gallery spaces.

Working as a painter in Sydney, I have collaborated with artist Martin Stanley, pursuing ideas of abstraction and lyricism in series of oil on canvas. I have also worked closely with Nicholas Summers at Plum Letterpress on projects including the development of images to accompany handset letterpress artist’s books. Other professional affiliations include the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and the Eastern Riverina Arts network.

I have travelled widely, devoting a year in the United Kingdom to studying the works of David Hockney, Patrick Heron and Howard Hodgkin in the Victoria & Albert Museum print department and at Salts Mill, Saltaire. Frequent visits to the United States have allowed for a rigorous survey of Abstract Expressionism, with a concerted focus on the works of Mark Rothko in the Rothko Chapel, Houston, and those of Robert Motherwell in the National Gallery of Art, Washington. I have also conducted close studies of hard-edge minimalists Carl Andre and Robert Ryman, both of whom inform the formal characteristics of my monochromes. Spending significant time in Baltimore in 2010-11 allowed for a detailed survey of the Cone Collection, containing the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse, an artist who has played an equally formative role in the development of my own work. 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions 


•    2020 - July - October, Solo Exhibition, Dead Reckoning, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
•    2018 - September - October, Solo Exhibition, Cut/Copy, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, VIC
•    2018 - September - November, Finalist, ‘The Churchie’ Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD
•    2018 - July - Finalist, Life Abstracted, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
 

Recent Solo Exhibitions
 

•    2018 - May - June, Expanse, Gallery 43, NSW
•    2017 - June - August, 365, Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW
•    2017 - January - February, Axis, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW
•    2016 - April - June, From there to here, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
•    2016 - February, Untitled, Window Gallery, Eastern Riverina Arts, NSW
 

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

•    2017 - Finalist, Calleen Art Award 2017, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
•    2017 - New Acquisitions, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
 

Collections
 

•    Works held in Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and private collections across Australia
 

Artist-in-Residence
 

•    2018 - Grindell’s Hut Artist in Residence, Vulkathunha‐Gammon Ranges National Park , Country Arts SA

•    2016 - Annabel Wallace Gallery, NSW