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Posted on Jan 5 2017
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 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.
Over time 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 ever since.






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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 work?

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.
The 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.







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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 moment.
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 careful.







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When starting work, is it an inspiration that you follow or rather an inner need to express something of yourself?
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.







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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 from a lie.







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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.

 





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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 appear.







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