This is a body of work inspired by my life-long interest in astronomy and the cosmos. Since ancient times the sky has held a fascination for humans, probably because it raises fundamental questions about our existence and our place in the universe, so it's a natural subject for art. I've drawn stylistic influence from many sources ranging from Fragonard and the French Rococo to the eerie surrealism of Paul Delvaux. Many of my works are done collaboratively with my wife Asia, who apart from being my principal model, is also heavily involved in the conceptual background and aesthetics of my work.
A body of work inspired by the English landscape, especially the few remaining pockets of unspoilt "old England". It's fascinating to experience these places because they are so historically ambiguous. Walking around them you would hardly know what century you were in. My paintings aim to capture that ambiguity, both the artistic style and the landscape itself giving little indication as to the period they portray.
If you have a property that you're particularly fond of, I'm happy to undertake a commission to paint it. It's an area of my practice that I'm looking to expand, so at the moment I'm offering an introductry discount of 75% off the regular price! Details can be found here.
Traditional oil paintings take at least six months to dry sufficiently for a first varnish coat and framing. Works marked NYFS (Not yet for sale) are currently drying but will be available soon either directly from me or via one of my gallery outlets. I'm happy to accept paypal so if you buy direct, you'll be protected by their buyer guarantee scheme. Prints of all works are available immediately from Zazzle.
One of the great powers of photography as an art form is it's realism. I don't just mean that it looks real but that when one sees a photograph it portrays an event that really happened, a person that really lived. In that way photographs have the ability to move us in ways no other art form can, even in an age of digital manipulation.
Given that much of my work has a historical flavour, I began to wonder what would happen if I were to take some of my paintings and digitally manipulate them into photograph-like representations of a world that never was. I'm hoping to create a sort of surreal half way house between what's reality and what's pure imagination.
As it happens these kind of images follow what was very much a Victorian tradition. Models photographed in studio settings with a variety of found objects and painted backdrops depicting scenes far more exotic than the sitters were ever likely to experience first hand. Perhaps there's even a little irony too since my sitters in the modern world are combined into images that depict a past they will never be able to physically experience.
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