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.
Grown In A Man's Room
The more the artist continued to explore what these flowers meant, the more he understood how connected they were to the rest of his paintings. He realised that a sense of belonging was missing from this series, it wasn't enough to have them blossom into details charcoaled figures, but they needed a home, somewhere for their form and narrative to develop. so it felt only natural to insert them within the same walls of his nude paintings
Each piece he created had its own room and each room looked endless, as though the viewer would never be caught at a dead end but simply welcomed to view the room and then move on. The artist wants the flowers to have their own individual permanency, to not be dependent on anyone, to be safe to grow and move in their own space.