Having worked as a professional architect, I tend to focus on the most
significant aspects of the job at hand and try to
assess what are the essential features of a visual experience, consequently I tend to
favour abstraction and minimalism . All unnecessary detail is
eliminated and only the important and significant is captured and emphasized.
Never compete with the camera
Technical perfection in reproducing what our eyes see is a similar process to a composer
trying to reproduce the natural sounds heard in Nature. As a visual
artist, I am only interested in
creating images which express my subjective response to places, feelings and try
to capture of ‘being there’.
Venture beyond the comfort zone
Many artists settle on a successful style and never move beyond this safe
comfort zone. All their work is much the same even when they introduce
small variations to the 'blueprint' they follow. I much prefer variety and revel in the
excitement of discovering new ways, accidents and untried techniques. I love experimenting with new approaches and
accept and make the best of unintended accidents.
The seduction of abstraction
Competent abstract artists use similar principles to composers of music --
balanced compositions, harmony, contrast, tension, counterpoint, colour, tone,
texture, rhythm and so on. Our objectives are the same:
create an interesting mood, arouse a feeling, stir some emotions.
Focus on the happy side of life
I love using bright, cheerful ‘Aussie’ colours and to express the thrill of
being alive. I concentrate on creating happy and cheerful images, that
give a pleasant sensation to the viewer.
As an artist my goal is achieved when
people tell me that my artworks speak to them, when my creations touch their
hearts and also lift their spirits.
I aim to create
artworks which celebrate Nature, nurture the human spirit and
provide stimulation and enjoyment to our lives. I
believe that people need more than the simple
necessities of food, shelter and security.
We should also satisfy our intellectual curiosity,
fulfil our aspirations and
nurture our spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
So we need to rise above
the humdrum, the ordinary and the daily grind of survival. This is
where the arts provide a relief. Encounter with literature, music, theatre and
fine arts provides great opportunities if we want to satisfy our creative urges.
same time we are rewarded with lasting enjoyment and satisfaction.
See my article on Abstract Landscape Paintings
Aboriginal art, pointillism and me
Some of my
painting styles somewhat resemble French impressionist pointillism.
Alternatively, some of these "pointillist" paintings could be construed as
derived from or strongly influenced by Aboriginal art. The latter can also
be seen as bridge building between Western and Australian Indigenous art.
There is some truth in both these impressions, even though the explanation is
of dots and small strokes of different adjoining colours usually produce a
kinetic and vibrant effect when viewed close up. From afar, the cavalcade
of different colours merge together and create landscape-like elements or
organic textures similar to ones produced by Mother Nature.
Much of contemporary aboriginal art, especially
the "dot paintings", is also similarly produced and can have a strong
pointillist appearance. This particular stylistic interpretation of the
Australian landscape, especially desert inspired works, is a natural result of
the careful observation of the minute details seen in the local environment.
Indigenous people, and not only the ones living
the traditional life, have an especial connection to Country. This
explains their acute abilities to see, sense and feel the colours, patterns,
textures and the rhythms of their environment. Consequently their
interpretation of natural phenomena often results in dot paintings (and more,
I am an unapologetic admirer of these abilities,
in constant awe of Indigenous artistry. So I cannot help it if sometimes I
create artworks in homage to their approaches and try to look at "Country" as
they do. I must emphasize that in my endeavours I deliberately avoid any
use of totems or Dreamings or any other cultural aspect owned by any Aboriginal
group or individual. Even though artistic appropriation is quite
fashionable nowadays amongst many successful artists, it is definitely not my
In summary, this particular individual style of
mine (and I have many others) is derived from looking at the Australian
countryside and based entirely on my acute subjective observation of landscape
patterns, textures and rhythms. Whether scattered trees, rocks and shrubs seen
from above in the outback, or Spinifex spread across sunburnt deserts, or
multitude of underwater creatures competing at the shoreline, it will all find
its way onto my canvases.
And if an Aboriginal influence is apparent in
some of my work, so much for the better.