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‘My work is purely autobiographical. It is about myself and my surroundings... I work from the people that interest me... I use the people to invent my pictures with, and I can work more freely when they are there.’ - *Lucian Freud

My practice has developed from earlier work that was informed by photographic images of everyday experiential encounters primarily involving environmental spaces. This way of working adopted the language of pure geometric abstraction and has now evolved into the current work, which includes an aspect of figuration. Interrogations of this work previously found their references within the contexts and debates surrounding modernist painting. More recently however my research has been focused on contemporary figurative painters. Inspirational artists during this time have been, Chantal Joffe, Dana Schutz, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to name but a few. The research within this current work has not only introduced me to developing themes within contemporary figurative painting, but it has also pushed my practice through various iterations of experimental figurative styles, which has in turn allowed me to find the balance between abstraction and figuration I was seeking all along.

The main goal of the work, as mentioned, is to find a cohesive relationship between these two elements, particularly the relationship between the figures themselves and the interior and exterior spaces which they occupy within the initial reference photographs. Through the process of painting, these ‘real’ spaces are transformed into invented ambiguous pictorial spaces that self-consciously reference the tension between abstraction and representation.

The figurative element of my paintings has an autobiographical dimension, where I capture intimate ‘keyhole’ moments, of friends and family, preoccupied with their everyday activities. The intention is that there is a suggested narrative, as we develop a personal relationship with the subjects of the paintings, whilst at the same time questioning whether we should be intruding into these personal and private scenes.

*Freud quote. retrieved from https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/lucian-freud-real-lives