As the use of technology shapes the way we view, interact and respond to our environment, my interest lies in examining the volume of visual information we are bombarded with every day in this digital age. I aim to capture and identify a hybrid, ‘sampled’ view of the world that imitates the implosion of data to the eye. By recording the stimuli we are exposed to on a daily basis, I attempt to create a single, stimulating new language through paint.
I sample common figurative, historical, cultural and commercial iconography (pinup girls, Staffy Terriers, motifs, typography, textiles, graphic design, art historical elements for example) and re-analyse their original context and meaning. When translated to canvas the forms take on a new momentum, and the process of applying paint becomes paramount in the evolution of the imagery; acting as data in a computer programme, paint can be subject to distortion, repetition, compression and corruption as each layer is applied, resulting in recognisable and chimeric forms that fit uncomfortably in the world. Overloaded compositions, in terms of paint application and the distortion of pictorial references, is key to the finished canvas.
- 2013 Four, Cornerhouse, Manchester
- 2012 Nature or Nurture: Tristram Aver & Micheal O'Reilly, GX Gallery, Camberwell, London
- 2012 WW Solo Award 2012, Wilson Williamson Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8DX
- 2012 Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
- 2012 Mind the Gap - Touring Exhibition, Lotte Gallery, Joongdong, South Korea
- 2012 Mind The Gap - Touring Exhibition, Lotte Gallery Jamsil, Seoul, South Korea
- 2012 Mind The Gap - Touring Exhibition, IDM Gallery, Busan, Korea
- 2012 YOU CAN TELL ME!, Project Berlin, Factory-Art Gallery, Mommsenstrasse, Berlin, Germany
- 2011 Being Here, Nutmeg house, A&B HQ, London
- 2011 Transistor Artists, Transistor Gallery, Bristol, London
- 2011 Apartness; Pop Surrealism, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow