Primarily a figurative artist, I work within a version of hope: that the figure – and the human – are open to more discovery. In this time of concealed faces and ambiguous expressions, the prior skills of reading a face are on hold — yet the desire to know the other, through the nuances of physical expression, remains.
To have a work of art knock the ground out from under you today is rare. Yet it happens in contemporary figurative work. I think of Kara Walker, Jenny Saville, Amy Bennett and all those who shatter the old academic tropes. Lucien Freud, Bacon and Richter with their depictions of ordinary men and women in profoundly un-ordinary frames confirm the centrality of figurative art, delivering the most essential of questions: what are we actually doing here and how do we depict our version of what’s real?