I am interested in the uniqueness of interpreted reality where the human form or the environment is the context and the catalyst for response. I choose to use, interpret and manipulate the human form as subject matter because I want to acknowledge that the Human Form is fundamental in art, and that abstraction is meaningless without an implied Human Form. I find that abstraction, perspective, distortion etc, fail when they do not act as devices for reaching an expressive climax and I understand that abstraction cannot be an end in itself because it cannot exist out of a defined context.
I gain joy from the intuitive relationships between line, form, tone and colour; expressed through in interplay; to disclose – artist and viewer, and I intentionally construct my artworks using geometry as springboard and as a concerted structure. This geometry is at once both physical and metaphysical in-so-far that it exists within the artwork, in the interaction between artwork and viewer and in its relationship with place, time and context.
I believe that artists create works through a process of reasoning – be it conscious, unconscious, visual or otherwise. This creative process is activated by intuition and curiosity and has a myriad of variations and a multitude of factors that influence it. Similarly, I perceive that there cannot be a single and predictable process for all artists. Each artist discovers or invents a unique manner of seeing and creating. Over time, this may evolve or remain static, but it is always a personal way of experiencing, reacting and responding to life.
I classify myself within the postmodern style. I do works in painting and sculpting, My Direction is towards abstraction of spiritual realism, I love to call it Meta-Realism.
My Art are logical forms that communicate a transcendent metalanguage that are directed to touch smoothly the deep human subconscious.
I use the common human simple connotations as tools to form a language that can translate the transcendent message that reflect the spiritual social targeted meaning.
Expanding on his earlier landscapes Ian’s recent work shows a raw expressive honesty.
To loosen up the landscape of his earlier work he has replaced oil paint with Acrylic house paint, enabling him to work faster enhancing the Abstract Expressionism of his earlier work.
Traces of the iconography used in previous work still populate the canvas, fences, gates, dams, windmills and houses rise from the the subtle pallet of colour. Brushstrokes are bold and expressive, paint flows and falls in controlled drips adding to the immediacy of the work and to the viewers experience.
My principal interest is in the depiction and interpretation of urban scenes and streetscapes, working in oils.
I am interested in the contrast between light and dark, with the aim of drawing the viewer into the image and beyond. In some works I attempt to highlight contrast through reflected light and shadows. Some paintings aim to create a sense of drama or mystery, while other approaches are to create structural or architectural images utilizing perspective and changing tonal values.
1. Epic Flight:
In all the triumphs and tradgedies of life it is still and Epic Flight.
We run the race with endurance, full of hope and expectation looking for excitment and advencture.
There is turbulence mid-air but we survive and thrive.
The magic of birth, your first love, the tradgedy of losing a loved one and out final landing in the great expanse of the universe is the theme of this worl.
the painting depicts the madness and beauty of life.
2. Flight to Utopia:
The bird represents the triumph of the human spirit as it struggles and breaks through the layers of life, becoming more and more beautiful as it flies toward utopia.
The layers represent the pain, tradgedy, heartache and challenges of being human. Even though the bird flies in a downward direction... the bird flies powerfully and boldly towards final victory.
3. Restoration 1:
The painting depicts the restoration of nature to a world progressing rapidly towards greater technology. The painting shows the beauty and power of colour, nature plants of different kinds and the animal world.
This painting reflects mans search for the perfect world, the perfect life. In essence man is searching for heaven which is written in his heart. The multicoloured bird depicts the multiple gifts and talents in man as he strives searching and looking for perfections, happiness and his final Utopia.
5. The Watchman:
it is almost like we sense we are being watched and observed. The invisible realm is more real than the visible.
My love in painting is colour. Colours that ‘sing’, create a vibrancy and emotive response are a key to my art. The everyday is my motivation and inspiration, the ordinary rather than the designed. Pattern plays a great part in my work both in the subject and in the reflected shapes and repetition of forms. I paint what is around me, what I see.
The colours of the Mediterranean have been an influence from my childhood and the strong, sharp light of Australia and its purity has long been a focus for my attention; the shadows, crisp delineation forming a major stylistic interest. The enormity of the ever-changing skyscapes. The constancy of change, movement and drama in what surrounds us at all times.
The importance of expression, the love of decoration, simplicity, colour and light are the centre of my art. The sensuality of the art of painting, the brush, the oils, mark making, transparency to impasto applications make creating a delight and wonder. Through my art I try to make statements about our lives, our sentiments and our understanding of the world around us. My art is a joyous rendition of our personal space and environment, the impact it has on our lives and our understanding.