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.
CV & Education
2013 - Four, Cornerhouse, Manchester
2012 - Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2012 - Mind The Gap - Touring Exhibition, IDM Gallery, Busan, Korea
2012 - Mind the Gap - Touring Exhibition, Lotte Gallery, Joongdong, South Korea
2012 - Mind The Gap - Touring Exhibition, Lotte Gallery Jamsil, Seoul, South Korea
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 - YOU CAN TELL ME!, Project Berlin, Factory-Art Gallery, Mommsenstrasse, Berlin, Germany
2011 - Apartness; Pop Surrealism, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow
2011 - Being Here, Nutmeg house, A&B HQ, London
2011 - Transistor Artists, Transistor Gallery, Bristol, London