Over the last 40 years I have painted many pictures which have had influences from many styles and artists I admire but there has been I feel, a common thread running through all the works a feeling of searching for a way of painting that evokes a time and a place that reminds me of a youth well spent. More and more the feeling of memory is influencing what I paint the work has now taken after many years of trial and error two distinct paths.
The work of 'The Northerner' is the first of these styles and is my figurative style which is steeped in the norths recent and industrial past, the subject matter has been revisited time and again but always through rose tinted glasses or from a child's point of view. The style I have adopted is the gritty reality of everyday working people of our recent industrial past, as the paintings progress, I hope to develop the style to use a lot more areas of industrial and rural working life.
The style that I feel is a true reflection of my own life and personality is the paintings I call 'Retro Surrealism', they are a combination of memories I have, and surrealist influences I see in the world we live in, I think that a person's true home is their childhood. These surreal ideas can be found in the landscape or in our fantasy ideas coming from music film and TV ,to literature and modern art .I try to fuse these ideas into an image which provokes childhood and adolescent memories with a surreal landscape or imagined setting, where I can I try to make the work painterly so not to give the impression of a computer image these are paintings all the way through.