I Keep Thinking This Is Over, This Is Not Over

This recent body of work is the continuation of artistic practice along the themes of; colour, physicality and self.

Half the works are of semi-abstract flowers - as a counter to the usual pure abstraction.

The titles of many works have densely loaded emotional topics such as “17 Days Of Mania Followed By 4 Days Of Emptiness” and “Asking You To Tell Me That You Love Me First, So That I Know It’s Not A Reflex”. By keeping a diary, I was able to name the paintings based on what I had written for that day. Sometimes my thoughts appear as signs or poems, making it easy to find lines that resonate and reflect the works. Sometimes the words/title came first, sometimes the act of painting.

One research project “Drawing Flowers Every Day - April/May” was where I would find flowers outside to digitally draw. Some of these were then adapted to physical paintings. Originally I had intended to draw “bad” flowers, but I was enjoying this process too much, and instead started to draw without intention of “good” or “bad”.

Repetitive movements along with my personal relationship to colour can be seen in the Horizontal Lines series.

Small explorations into cloud-like abstraction can be seen in the Colourscapes series.

Finally, as a way to have less control, I would lie on my back on the ground and paint with a 2 meter stick on the wall.

Opening: Friday 10th November, 6-10pm. Performance 8pm.
Exhibition: 11th to 19th Novemember 2023.
Retramp Gallery - Reuterstr 62, 12047.

Light Green, Dark Purple

An exhibition of recent paintings, most of which were created in September and October 2022. These works build and go deeper into the ideas of colour and movement that I’ve been working with over the past few years.

The Horizontal Lines series involves many thin layers of acrylic paint, applied in sideways lines over brief intense periods. These motions are repetitive and meditating, and reflect my current physical state. Similarly, the oil works are a representation of my body’s movement, the combinations of swirls and strokes marking the canvas with expressive gestures.With all of these works, colour is sometimes harmonious, sometimes contrasting, and is something I am forever developing my personal relationship with.

Performance for the opening: Wrapped Rocks 2.
Retramp, Reuterstr 62, Neukolln, Berlin. 18th to 20th November 2022.

Blue, Purple, Green

Featuring 11 works from the Horizontal Lines series.

Watery paint is layered over the canvas, sometimes it adds colour, sometimes it subtracts. Whilst undertaking these eleven works I would think of a motif; watermelons, horizon lines, sunsets, a single colour, Spring, or feel the emotion I was feeling; anger, relaxation, loneliness, exhaustion. To observe how these thoughts and feelings would change the process and the piece.
In the two years since the last exhibition, painting almost every day for a year and a half has allowed a deep dive into the creative process, and in particular colour.

Performance for the opening: Wrapped Rocks 1, with musicians Hotte Schulz and Can Winter.

KuLe, Auguststr 10, 10117 Mitte, Berlin. 29th to 31st October 2021.

Studio Wall 2016-2020, an Exhibition

For almost four years (2016-2020) I made works by throwing paint at canvas on the wall of my studio.
All of the colour here is from me unintentionally missing. The second wall consists purely of splashbacks, and no works were done whilst facing it.
Immediately after the exhibition I painted the walls white, and moved to a new studio.

There were two music improvisations - Hotte Schulz with Can Winter, percussion/electronics. And Ashiq Khondker, synthesizers/electronics.

Greenhouse Berlin, 43-44 Gottlieb-Dunkel Strasse, 12045, 17th to 19th July 2020.

Studio Wall February 2022