‘The Just Deserts’ are concentrated little studies of greedy puddings as a metaphor for a gluttony of paint, a particular approach to painting. Originally the series was started by deciding what to do with an excess amount of paint, a small canvas and a book showing a cropped detail of a bowl of fruit from a Manet painting ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’. Philip Guston’s depictions of cakes in his thickly painted cartoonish figurative works are also a point of reference.
‘Ice-cream & van’ also includes a version a ford escort van, a recurring motif in a group of study’s on their own and in a series called English Gothic, which references 18th -20thC historical landscape painting, urban and industrial motifs and movie monsters such as Frankenstein’s and the human fly.