| At what age did you start
having an interest in art, as an expressive means?
Well I didnít have a great time at school
as I was severely dyslexic and would often skip it, by the age of 10 I
found that the only thing I was good at was art.
that naturally became my main focus and I knew from an early age thatís
what I wanted to do.
I actually quit school in the end and was
home tutored, all my art lessons were one to one, my own mentor in a
way. In my early 20ís I applied to C & G London School of Art
and did my BA and Masters in Fine Art there, and I have been making work
You have said that you are fascinated by various
underground belief systems.
What is it about them that you
find intriguing and how do they inspire your
The stories, itís all about the stories and the
people behind them. Who are these people? Do they really believe what
they are saying is true?
I think most of them generally
believe what they see or what they have read is to be true, and I find
that fascinating. Itís not so much that I believe in these conspiracies,
itís more the social and psychological systems of belief which underpin
them. I think Iím slightly obsessed with the subject to be honest,
Iím constantly watching videos on UFOs and conspiracy
theories, and once I entered down that rabbit hole I couldnít find my
way out again.
Over the years I have found that these
belief systems are a never ending loop of paranoia and fear.
It can be quite sinister and toxic, so itís best to keep it at
armís length. My more recent work is a lighter hearted take on the UFO
phenomena, using book cover art from the 50s and 60s. I feel these where
more innocent times and were the peak of UFO sightings.
UFO thing is something Iím always coming back to in my work, itís my
anchor so to speak. Itís the launch pad from which I start to
paint.Do you think that contemporary art really
expresses or speaks for our times? In what way?
Looking back at history, yes art can express and
speak for our time. Art reflects our culture, our mood, our political
systems at that time, but only by looking back over time it becomes
clearer and easier to articulate. It will be interesting to see what the
future says about our time, it feels like a strange world at the
The art world feels more complex, it feels like there
are billions of artists out there and they are all looking at each
other, comparing each otherís work instead of looking within themselves.
You can easily drown in the sea of social media if you are not
When starting work, is it an inspiration
that you follow or rather an inner need to express something of
For me making work is a personal thing, I
do it selfishly for myself. As I know that if I didnít make art I
wouldnít feel like me, I wouldnít be happy. Itís a need thatís hard to
explain, but the first feeling is to make, and the rest
follows.In what way does living in an era of ďpost-truthĒ
affects the work of artists?
I canít speak for all
artists, I can only speak for myself but I do feel we are living in an
increasingly strange and confusing world, where hubris and
"double-speak" rule the roost. When the 'truth' is indistinguishable
lie.Is there something in the art world that you could
change given the chance?
Diversity would be a good
start, I would like to see artists from more varied backgrounds. The art
world is quite elitist and I only feel like itís getting
worse with tuition fees and high studio rents.
How important is fashion and a sense of style in
your everyday life?
My style is quite minimal, I wear
the same 5 shirts (not at the same time). I know what I like and stick
to it until holes