My current work uses the historical legacy of portraiture to explore aspects of the human condition like belonging, seeking approval, self belief and inner conflict. The ‘fictionalised’ characters are presented ambiguously, seeking both our approval and our condemnation; ‘fitting in’ but ‘standing out’ at the same time.
In a recent series of screenprints, teasingly titled ‘Misfits of the World Unite’, the characters playfully juxtapose brazen posturing with fashion insecurities, and awkwardness. They are often surprising and sometimes menacing.
My inspirations come from personal experience, meeting people, fashion, renaissance painting, contemporary illustration and other art historical references.