Application Portfolio

 

table of contents

Artwork

Exploring Drawing Technique and Textures

CRUMPLED PAPER

OLD MAN

MICHELLE

SIMON

HOW TO MAKE paINTINGS MOVE

FILM: A SMALL CREATION

FILM: AWAKENING EXPERIENCE

PEN DRAWINGS etc

MURALS AROUND THE WORLD

Expressive Art

Relating to Society

TRUMP CHAIR

SCHOOL HARASSMENT COMIC

ONGOING PROJECTS

A SHORT FILM FROM NEPAL

 

 

 


EXPLORING DRAWING TECHNIQUE AND TEXTURES

Crumpled Paper, 210 × 297mm, Pencil on Paper, 21-08-17

Crumpled Paper, 210 × 297mm, Pencil on Paper, 21-08-17

 

 
 
 
 
 
These works are created as an investigation of textures, light and shadow. I work with a grid technique, deconstructing a photograph into unrecognizable blocks, until I each block is merely a strange abstract combination of shapes, texture and highlights. This painstaking process of pulling apart a perceived image and reconstructing it (without the brain interpreting its contents) is the only way I can render a high level of realism. As soon as the brain recognizes it's subject, an unconsious process of simplification begins. These images not homages to their subjects, but simply use them as material for this investigative process
Old Man, 210 × 297mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 12-06-2016

Old Man, 210 × 297mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 12-06-2016

Michelle, 297 x 420mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 05-01-2017 / Reference image taken from my film Awakening Experience

Michelle, 297 x 420mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 05-01-2017 / Reference image taken from my film Awakening Experience

                                                 Simon, 148 x 210 mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 13-03-2018

                                                 Simon, 148 x 210 mm, 0.5mm Pencil on Paper, 13-03-2018


HOW TO MAKE PAINTINGS MOVE

 

I have always found it fascinating how a static painting, in it's wide brushstrokes, splatters of paint and undulating lines, can contain so much movement. And yet it sits demurely on the wall, not quite condescending to interact with the viewer. Film, in contrast, with its smoothly flowing frames glues us to our seats, pulling the viewer into the medium. Always experienced separately, they appear to have little in common - but I wondered, can the immersive flow of film, and the sense of movement in a painting be totally incompatible? 

A small creation June 2016 (attached sourcebook shows preperation and Physical excerpts)

My first experiment can be roughly described as a type of animation - although it doesn't truly fit into any category. I filmed short segments of footage, extracted the individual frames, printed, and repainted them, tallying up to over 100 A4 acrylic paintings - These were the basis for my short film. I scanned and reassembled the images at 15 fade-in frames per second, creating a choppy painterly effect, rich in expressive textures. 

In response to a brief 'Readers are Leaders' this project originally showed the symbolic lighting of a candle, a woman reading, and as she read, her brain beginning to glow. The original lyrics in the audio, which I produced myself as piano and vocals were

An old man told me a story
He said he'd been to sea
and he sailed and he sailed until he slipped off the edge
and fell down and came back free

At a later stage I reworked the audio, and cut the project to it's current 19 seconds, removing weaker sections and preserving it as an experiment with this aesthetic style.

 

awakening experience october 2017 (see attached Sourcebook)

Created in response to the brief Mayhem and Movement, this short continues my investigation. In A Small Creation I tried to paint a recording - here I try to record paintings - well not quite normal paintings. I used three-dimensional space, painting every inch of my subjects. The background set was constructed from 42 square meters of fabric, painted with acrylic dying techniques, and suspended in a circle in huge hall. My human subjects were painted with a layer of latex and acrylic paint, and worked through a choreographic routine in which the main character slowly changes colour as she passes through different colour environments. 

Ongoing Experiments

In 2017 I continued to experiment with stop motion and paint, this time using a mounted camera, a white plastic panel, and diluted black oil paint.This allowed me, with a rag and cardboard, to paint quickly, capture one frame, and then then move the paint around into the next, slightly altered composition. While promising, this never reached the stage of creating a final product. The mixed aesthetic of paint and film continues to fascinate me, and I am still seeking a technique which allows the creation of individual frames to be fast enough that longer projects would be feasible. 


PEN DRAWINGS

Symbols, 594 x 841 mm, Pen

Symbols, 594 x 841 mm, Pen

Tree of Life 500 x 500 mm, Pen

Tree of Life 500 x 500 mm, Pen

Murals Around the World

Most art projects don't integrate particularly well with the chaos of travel, but site specific projects are the exception. I paint for a few weeks in exchange for food and accomodation; and these weeks are often the most beautiful.

Enamel on Board 20-06-18, Perhentian Island Kecil, Malaysia

Enamel on Board 20-06-18, Perhentian Island Kecil, Malaysia

Charcoal on Acrylic Base with Varnish Coating, Umbrella Yoga Cafe,2-5-2018, Pokhara, Nepal

Charcoal on Acrylic Base with Varnish Coating, Umbrella Yoga Cafe,2-5-2018, Pokhara, Nepal

Diluted Oil Paint, Patagonia Hostel, Punta Arenas, Chile 6-01-2017

Diluted Oil Paint, Patagonia Hostel, Punta Arenas, Chile 6-01-2017

Diluted Oil on Acrylic Base, Street in Valparaiso, Chile, 1-01-2017

Diluted Oil on Acrylic Base, Street in Valparaiso, Chile, 1-01-2017

Acrylic on Wall, River Island Camping, Rosario, Argentina 2-2017

Acrylic on Wall, River Island Camping, Rosario, Argentina 2-2017

Acrylic Floor Mural, Source Temple Community, Cunha, Brazil 1-2017

Acrylic Floor Mural, Source Temple Community, Cunha, Brazil 1-2017

Chalk Mural for Springtime Event. Secunda, South Africa 6-2016

Chalk Mural for Springtime Event. Secunda, South Africa 6-2016

Charcoal on Acrylic Base with Varnish Coating, 2-5-2018, Umbrella Yoga Cafe, Pokhara, Nepal

Charcoal on Acrylic Base with Varnish Coating, 2-5-2018, Umbrella Yoga Cafe, Pokhara, Nepal


 

Expressive Art


This work is predominately created using art as a therapy for expression. A strange window into feelings below the surface. I allow an agitated mind to become blank, hands creating blindly. The mediums themselves take on a greater spontaneity, as i keep no rigid control, allowing them to interact naturally, forming shapes and textures. I have included 2 physical pages of related media experimentation and one line drawing.

 

 

Acrylic and Spray paint on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm,   17-11-15

Acrylic and Spray paint on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm, 17-11-15

Indian Ink on Paper Board, 297 x 420 mm, 14-10-15 

Indian Ink on Paper Board, 297 x 420 mm, 14-10-15 

Acrylic on Canvas, 550 x 550 mm 6-10-15

Acrylic on Canvas, 550 x 550 mm 6-10-15

Indian Ink on Paper, 9-15

Indian Ink on Paper, 9-15

No 1, Indian Ink on Paper, 210 ×   297mm, 2-9-2015

No 1, Indian Ink on Paper, 210 × 297mm, 2-9-2015

Charcoal on Canvas, 02-10-17

Charcoal on Canvas, 02-10-17

Acrylic and Spraypaint on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm,   17-11-15

Acrylic and Spraypaint on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm, 17-11-15

Figure, Acrylic on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm 17-11-15

Figure, Acrylic on Canvas, 594 x 841 mm 17-11-15

Indian Ink on Paper, 210 ×   297mm, 3-9-2015

Indian Ink on Paper, 210 × 297mm, 3-9-2015

No 6, Indian Ink on Paper, 210 ×   297mm, 2-9-2015

No 6, Indian Ink on Paper, 210 × 297mm, 2-9-2015


WORK RELATING TO PEOPLE AND SOCIETY

Piss off, Trump, Marker on Linen Chair, 03-11-17

Piss off, Trump, Marker on Linen Chair, 03-11-17

Comic protesting harassment cases in Karachi Highschool, Pakistan, #TimesUp Pen on Paper, 210 x 120mm, 13-05-18

Comic protesting harassment cases in Karachi Highschool, Pakistan, #TimesUp Pen on Paper, 210 x 120mm, 13-05-18


Ongoing Projects

 

A Short Film from Nepal

I had the privilege to spend April and May in the high Himalaya and rural areas of Nepal. I have a deep love for film, and for the first time, was traveling with a DSLR with video capability. In place of photographs, I started to take video of simple beautiful moments occurring around me. The clouds rolling in a valley at sunset; the curling smoke of incense; the hectic rush of powerful mountain rivers carving stone, dancing flames in a temple. I plan to compile the resulting collected footage into a short film of 3 - 7 minutes focused on immersive aesthetic and feeling, concentrating ancient elements together, in a way suitable to this ancient country: water, fire, air, earth.