Since finishing my MA at Wimbledon School of Art in 2005, I have gone through several different artist phases and I have recently returned to my first passion, linocut printing. There is no CTRL Z to undo mistakes, no second chances. Linocut forces me to fully commit to each mark I make to the block.
The process is one which is honest and unembellished, it strips away any unnecessary layers of affectation which I may have previously relied on and I believe that this current series of work is my best to date and my most authentic.
The main theme of my work is portraits of football players. As a lifelong Leicester City fan, I was inspired by the teams recent sporting success. I wanted to make a portraits which captured a moment of thoughtful contemplation during a game. Rather than the typical bluster and pumping clenched fists associated with sports portraiture.
I would consider portraiture to be the current focus of my work, which is something that I have not really delved into before. For this body of work, I draw my influences from a wide variety of artists and mediums. I especially love the exuberant nature of German Expressionism printmaking and the black and white photography of Daido Moriyama and Ed van der Elsken.
In the making of these portraits I have re-ignited my love for printmaking and I am looking forward to seeing how my work¬¬ develops further over the next year.