I appropriate aboriginal ideograms melding them to an English narrative thereby creating a cross cultural dialogue raising issues of ownership and authorship which attempt to overcome the barriers of our differing spoken languages and cultures. The chosen storylines are often banal or whimsical when compared to the sacred dreamings passed down through the 70,000 year history of artistic tradition belonging to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. I concentrate on brightly coloured dot paintings, just one particular style of work originating from Balgo, an area situated in The Great Western Desert 800km North West of Alice Springs. During the late 1960’s the nomadic people of that vast area were rounded up and interned in reservations with no amenities, work or prospects. Up until that time they were legally hunted for sport by "white fellas" even though the United Nations; including South Africa, had tabled motions condemning the abhorrent practice as being an inhuman apartheid practice. Aboriginal people survived for thousands of years as hunter gatherers, in balance with nature, as one with the land, yet were expected to adapt to a western culture overnight. The government then changed its policy and systematically removed every child of school age, placing them up for adoption to white families causing many of their parents to committed suicide or turn to drink having lost all their basic human rights. We live in a phantasmagorical post-modern era in constant flux with culture being fragmented into a multiplicity of divergent sub-cultures differing from person to person depending on individual tastes. Culture is no longer a concrete national identity but is dictated to us by friends, family and company we keep, even though we are constantly bombarded with imagery by the press, television, advertising and the media at large, therefore my work also reflects this concept. I, as a professional artist, reserve the right to explore any and all areas of life and culture using any materials, techniques or styles I see fit. I approach the profession of fine artist as a quest for knowledge with my overall aim being to further my own intellectual growth and critical thinking rather than achieving fame or financial success, an act I have dedicated my life to.
Biography: London. Invited to participate in a group exhibition based in Wimbledon entitled Underground 2002. Cardiff. Invited to participate in Art Around The Bay two years consecutively. Invited to exhibit at Cardiff's stylish Cafe Mina - extended by three months due to public demand. Twelve consecutive exhibitions at The Artside Gallery, including Gestural Interpretations of House Music, attracting the attention of the world famous DJ's Danny Rampling and Judge Jules, Mixmag, Galaxy 101 and the T.V. series Trainspotters. Worked for Cardiff's Emporium Nightclub producing portraits of their guests. Pembrokeshire. Exhibited at the request of Pembrokeshire County Council in Haverfordwest. Invited to show work at Milford Havens Torch Theatre. Twelve consecutive exhibitions at The Artside Gallery. Studied light and its effect on landscapes and seascapes. Barnsley. Commissioned to produce a piece of Young British Art for Deltacloud's "Sports Bar". The first time Young British Art has been seen in Barnsley away from the protection of the arts establishment. Exhibited work based on Aboriginal art at The Artside Gallery to coincide with the Sidney Olympics. Initiated the Art for Barnsley Scheme to give local people a chance of owning high specification fine art at a subsidised rate and affordable to all. Exhibited work at The Room Hair Design in Barnsley. Exhibited Paintings at Isla Contemporary Furniture in Barnsley. Initiated the Hallford-Steadman collection in aid of Molly Steadman and to raise awareness of Rets Syndrome. Commissioned to produce three large pieces for Bar Lucorum. (Work in progress.)
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