Acrylic on paper
15 x 10cm (5¾ x 3¾ in.)
For me painting operates as a hermetic portal between an instinctive inner and outer reality as if operating as a pineal body. The act of making a painting is important, one decision leads to another as the work becomes realised by applying paint directly wet into wet.
I draw out the subject using what's at hand, brushes, charcoal, rags and fingers twisting and turning the paintings until images reveal a cliff edge or a space containing bathos and absurdity something both divine and decrepit. I invent painted narratives involving corporeal figures occupying preternatural landscapes and stage sets. They are falling or about to fall apart often in a state of transformation, reverie or catatonic breakdown referencing holy men or hermits drawn from northern European medieval painting.
I have also performed as The Baron Gilvan, 'A dispossessed Mitteleuropa aristocrat, landed up on the shores of Blighty clutching only his paintings and his hopes, The Baron is concerned with only the intensity of life itself, and the beauty of the ideal. He is raw, unflinching, and utterly sincere, a compact of all that is magnificent'.The Baron was originally conceived as a conduit for my own creativity, a governor of all of my works, the character through which it all must flow.