A view from the hotel Fortune Select JP Cosmos Bengaluru India ahead of the Itinerant Illustrator Exhibition at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. The image immediately had parallels with the series of drawings made for the exhibition - a scene fragmented when viewed through venetian blinds.
"...and you moved at fifty-five miles an hour towards the lights that kept growing, not knowing why all this hurry, why this mad race in the night amongst unknown cars, where no one knew anything about the others, where everyone looked straight ahead, only ahead."
A collaboration with artist Irene Fuga that was exhibited at the Berliner Kunstsalon 2007. Similar to a commission that I did with Christoph Niemann for The New York Times there was a thrill in letting someone else reinterpret the drawing.
Responding to the travel writing of Nicolas Bouvier's The Way of the World, the series of drawings are based upon a journey across Iran in the 1950's. I was interested in the traveller's half glimpse visions of cities, flickering scenes of architecture viewed across the landscape, impressionistic in tone of partially remembered cities and colours. Using archival reference material of palaces and gardens, I used seeped-out colours to depict transitory memories. The ink of the felt tip pens used will naturally be affected by the light in time, not unlike chemical-based photography - the drawings are not entirely fixed. The compositions of lines create tonal shapes that interplay with representation and abstraction, to make the drawings transparent, almost ethereal, yet recognisable.
First appeared in The Itinerant Illustrator exhibition at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore India 2014. Published in BEAT 6: The Eland Edition by Heart Artists' Agent 2015 ISBN 978-0-9546383-6-8
Outside of the commercial aspect of my practice there is a constant need to explore themes & ideas personal to myself. Fed constantly through research it is important to have personal work running alongside commissions. At times I will return to a subject matter or re-translate previous drawings through processes to continue the enquiry. In this way I begin to identify & understanding my working process & the obsessions that drive the work.
Whilst Peter Yates' 1968 film Bullitt is perhaps best remembered for the high speed car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco, the final scene has the character Bullitt chasing Ross on foot across the busy runways at San Francisco International Airport - Ross is eventually shot dead in the Terminal building whilst running through the exit doors.
"Studio Ghosts: When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting they walk out. And if you're really painting you walk out." Philip Guston