SKINS FOR US
this collection of charcoal and ink works are a continued development of a study of organic subjects, initiated by deconstructing physical elements associated to the male form. hairs became the first inspiration, the way they moved and grew on a human body, felt botanical. and by viewing how the sharp thin lines dominated the delicate ink wash, he felt compelled to push that contrast of textures even further.
the artist created a total of 10 paintings as part of his initial experiments. All of which have been sold to private collections
part of the beauty lied within the balance of abstract and figure, inviting the public to search for either a plant or a human form, or simply an entity moving in between.
The artist decided to explore the dynamic between 'the delicate', 'the organic' and 'the dominant' by creating a species of flowers as an extension of the plants, with more detail and now drawn with charcoal, these isolated subjects showed an even more gentle, more intimate approach, developing now the existence of a gender and a sexuality.
as with his nude paintings, he wanted to create a backdrop for the works to give them a purpose, a narrative to compliment the emotion and purity of the pieces. he didn't want to create a world that was overbearing or disturbing, but a 'room' to act as a safe space for them to multiply and spread across the page.
He enjoys the drama and melancholy of the scenes, they should inspire the human to fearlessly enter the room and get lost in the surreal reality in which these beautiful flowers have blossomed in.