My recent work constitutes an ongoing enquiry into the political and spiritual implications of my own art practice. Through the considered painting of appropriated renaissance artwork, I critique the ways in which the omnipresent consumer-capitalist model has forced its way into the art world. My work resides firmly in the tradition of painting, so acknowledges and refers back to that heritage. Working with themes of commodification, recuperation and spectacle, I seek to produce works that oppose the dominant visual culture that comprises the context of their creation without overly mystifying or obfuscating. By recognising the connection to the spiritual, which accounts for the foundation of my medium, I question the extent to which the repercussions of this remain significant.
The slow, technique-heavy process I predominately utilise, serves to set the work against the spectacular, fast paced, self-replacing nature of digital media, the mass media and the Culture Industry. Conceptions of authenticity, representation and reality are all present in the work and contribute to the overall thematic explorations.