I am a social realist painter.
My ongoing series of paintings, Zeitgeist, explore the subject of humanity and its relationship with personal technology. My aim is to capture the spirit of the age and create contemporary portraiture that acts as social documentary on our digital epoch and the status of the human being within society.
I started this body of work in 2015 to reflect our increasingly addictive relationship with the technology that now dominates our lives. Seeing people glued to their devices is so commonplace that we don’t give it a second glance anymore. As the American writer, Henry Miller, puts it “What the painter sees he is duty-bound to share. Usually, he makes us see and feel what ordinarily we ignore or are immune to.”
There is an intentional dichotomy between the technology-centric images that I observe and my traditional painting method. I like to create a visual dynamic in my compositions, loaded with implications. This is to put the focus on what the subject is doing, and by doing so, creating a sense of isolation and divorce from the real world.
My paintings hold a mirror up to what we have become and give us clues to what, if anything, might lie ahead. The more you look at my work, the more complexities unfold from what might at first seem to be a series of straightforward paintings.
I am an elected council member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA). I have also won numerous professional painting prizes and have been shortlisted for Artist of the Year both in 2017 and 2019 by the UK's leading art magazine,