Taking it's title from the Luna Park Funfair in Coney Island, New York, this Show is a collection of vibrant, dynamic, abstract paintings which manifest an exultation of gestural abstraction - a place where unworldly energies reverberate and tussle.
My work stems from a deep-rooted passion for metamorphic abstracted marks and their inherent chance alignments. A childhood fascination with cartoon annuals combined with a love for urban graffiti helps shape my sense of aesthetic. Working on numerous pieces at once gives room for an adventurous and unpredictable approach in an attempt to make something that is eloquent. Often in the work there is a nucleus of activity, an unrest that gives shape to a space neither landlocked or sky-bound. It’s a dialogue with paint to ultimately refine my visual and conceptual language. I pursue the idea that a painting can reflect back some of the time we inhabit, a time where we have access to a plethora of imagery via smartphones and tablets. Therefore qualities of space and layering of colours are important in the work to attempt to reflect this back to the viewer. In my approach, I make and modify my own pallet knives and other painting tools to push paint, creating vivid spatial surfaces that mimic graphic imagery but also contest the conventions and recognisable signature of the paint brush, challenging the perception of the viewer to engage their everyday associations and knowledge of image language and ways of seeing and interpreting the visual stimuli.