Encoded Artwork - Abstract, Minimal and highly graphic pieces that combine shapes, colour, photography and type with simple ciphers to hide deeply personal messages.
When and how did you become an artist?
I have over 20 years experience in the commercial art world, working in both print and digital media.
As I grow older I am becoming more aware of the importance of living in the moment – not forgetting the past, but not letting it hold me back either. With this understanding comes a certain freedom and I realise I don't need anyone’s permission but my own to make the art I've always wanted to make
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
In my artwork I explore themes such as the passing of time, the recollection of memories and our use, or abuse, of visual language. I start with the idea and through a process of reduction, work to simplify the message and create as simple an image as possible. I like to use washes of colour, photographic elements, simple geometric shapes and repetitive motifs to make visually straightforward, yet highly emotive art.
Recently I have started to combine techniques and tools that I am very familiar with, such as photography and digital design applications with those that I am relatively new to, like acrylics and aerosol paints. I’m excited to discover what new possibilities these unexplored media will open up and what impact they will have on my work.
I am currently producing "Encoded Artwork", pieces where viewers are encouraged to figure out the more simple codes for themselves or to use “Keys” provided with the pieces to decode the messages. Each piece can be personalised and would make a perfect - and totally unique - gift.
I look forward to telling tell you all about my 'XMorse', 'Twentysixes', 'Alphashifts' and 'Geocodes' series on the day of the show :)
If you could go for a drink with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
My significant other, for obvious reasons.
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