Forest (detail) - oil on wood, 2016
Vessel - oil on board, 2018
Eden - oil on board, 2017
My subject matter is landscape and the interaction of people and objects within it. Throughout the history of my practice I have explored a range of figurative styles and approaches. I draw a lot of my ideas from historical painting mixed in with my own experiences, adding specific personal thoughts and myths to an image. I like my paintings to work not as individuals, but as a collection of different scenes and events that work together to communicate my thoughts on different subject matter, even when paintings appear to be a thematic series.
Much of my work is intended to be allegorical, as I create characters and imagined landscapes that interact with each other, expressing an alternate narrative disguised within a set of imagined rules and aesthetic judgments. Not all of my details are intended as I invite subconscious imagery to make its way into paintings and often question myself as to how it got there. I use minimal physical objects or spaces to create paintings but appropriate reproductions of historic painting and images offered by film and literature. Decisions are partly subconsciously made and I allow this to become part of the process, developing mistakes and allowing new ideas to present themselves as a result of this.
My studio practice consists of traditional media and varying approaches to using it. I try to be adventurous in my methods and pursue certain technical working strategies for varying lengths of time. I have become interested in the materiality of paint through my application to the surface and its fluidity, experimenting with various textures, layers and glazes, continually developing my practice and approach to image making.
The traditional methods I employ and aesthetic appearance of my work is a response to the art I love and hate. I am constantly trying to make my work as honest and communicative as possible and in the future I want to make sure it is about an experience, social narrative or facet of behaviour. The politics of painting, both in the art market and in social sense of being a painter interest me.
Hyde Park Book Club, 'Andrew Sales: Scrutinise', Headingley, Leeds
Left Bank Leeds, 'All The World is A Stage', Leeds
Kirkstall Art Trail, St Peter's Church, Headingly
Spring Exhibition, West End Gallery, Leicester
What is the Future of Digital Art? Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 25-27 June 2016
Loughborough Free Range Exhibitors, Brick Lane, London
Loughborough Portrait Exhibition, Loughborough University Fine Art Gallery
Loughborough Fine Art Degree Show 2015, Loughborough University
LSA Annual Exhibition 2016, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery - LSA Student Award 2015 runner-up
The Land of Cockaigne
The Bay of Naples
Study for Alex as Naussica
Three Roofs and a Wall
Study for 'Fling'
Study for 'Persephone'
Ship of Fools, After Bosch
Study for 'Bubbles, Fairy Lights & Streetlight'