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Artist Statement

My practice is concerned with the layers and structure of the urban landscape: the transience of the built environment in a relentless process of growth and change.

I search for overgrown, derelict subjects - places where disappearing buildings leave gap sites and wasteland.  Recent work has involved exploring the edges of urban areas.  Bleak, forgotten places that have fallen out of use.  Structures left to decay, exposed interiors overrun by plant life, I paint the accumulative layers of habitation, use and disuse.

Working in oils on a paper collage surface, I retain an element of drawing in my paintings - underpinning the structures with an emphasis on draughtsmanship. The paper layers are an important element, an indication of how thin and temporary everything we build ultimately is.

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