ARTIST STATEMENT

My practice is driven by an underlying fascination with the human person, their voices, their faces, their breath, their accents, and their capacity to seize sympathy. Indeed, the human face is a mysterious site, etched with a beauty and dignity that beckons portrayal.

My large-scale portraits combine the ideals of classical realism with the spatiotemporal sensibilities of post-internet and post-photographic aesthetics. The monumental scaling of these faces, rendered manually by hand, exudes a sense of beguiling tactility and dexterity that fixes the viewer’s gaze. Unlike the multitude of faces constantly crowding our digital screens, I want to create portraits with a solidity that cannot simply be dismissed and ‘swiped’ away. Moreover, the repetitive action of mark-making multiplied by the hours and days required to complete these works imbues the finished portrait with a heavy accumulation of the artist’s trace. The overabundant presence of the artist’s hand and the resulting ‘aura’ that this exudes serves as a substitute for the missing-presence of the absent sitter. 

Whilst working primarily with analogue drawing media, I have recently begun investigating the relational and spatiotemporal dynamics that undergird the portrait-making process. A recent foray into durational and time-based methodologies has risen out of a desire to flesh-out those invisible transactions that pass between artist, sitter and the portrait-object.