Visceral:  Adjective - Relating to deep inward feelings, rather than the intellect.

 

Insight into the series by the artist - 

“In my view, creativity is not reliant on a cognitive process. Over-thinking can destroy originality. Goal orientated work will always be master to the goal itself and can only be set free once one surrenders to a blank canvas to see what it has to reveal.

 

My process is simple: I disconnect from the world, don’t think about achieving something, find a quiet space in my mind and immerse myself in it. 

Once I have achieved this, I’m no longer in control of the outcome. In this way, sometimes the work comes quickly, and at other times, it’s a real struggle. But this method offers me very different kind of reward. This ongoing series of work explores the concept of taking the mind out of the creative process to allow for a more honest expression.

 

These images express a vast range of emotions and, I hope, have the potential to evoke the same within the viewer. If my art can connect with someone on an emotional level, I have achieved enough.”

Split

Split

Mixed media on Fabriano 1000mm x 700mm | 2018 Unframed

That Familiar Feeling

That Familiar Feeling

Mixed media on Fabriano 1000mm x 700mm | 2018 Unframed

Hopeless

Hopeless

Mixed media on Fabriano 1000mm x 700mm | 2017 Unframed

Exactly where I Left you

Exactly where I Left you

Mixed media on Fabriano 1000mm x 700mm | 2017 Unframed

Symphony of Scars

Symphony of Scars

Mixed media on Fabriano 1000mm x 700mm | 2016 Unframed

Flyboy

Flyboy

Mixed media on Fabriano 2017 | 1000mm x 700mm | Unframed On show at Artist's Proof | Washington DC

Diabolik

Diabolik

Mixed media on Fabriano 2016 | 500mm x 700mm | Unframed

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Mixed media on canvas 2016 | 1250mm x 1000mm On show at Houtbay Gallery | RSA

Disposable #4

Disposable #4

Mixed media on paper 2016 | 900mm x 600mm | Unframed

Disposable #1

Disposable #1

Mixed media on paper 2017 | 900mm x 600mm | Unframed

Disposable #2

Disposable #2

Mixed media on paper 2017 | 900mm x 600mm | Unframed

Visceral #52

Visceral #52

Mixed media on Fabriano 2016 | 1000mm x 700mm | Framed

Visceral #34

Visceral #34

Mixed media on Fabriano | 2016 | 500mm x 700mm | Framed

Visceral #45

Visceral #45

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2016 | 760mm x 560mm Unframed On show at ArtEye Gallery | RSA

Visceral #44

Visceral #44

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2016 | 700mm x 500mm Framed

Visceral #32

Visceral #32

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2015 | 1000mm x 700mm Unframed On show at Artist's Proof | Washington DC

Visceral #28

Visceral #28

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2015 | 1000mm x 700mm Unframed On show at Artist's Proof | Washington DC

The Departed

The Departed

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2015 | 1000mm x 700mm Unframed

Visceral #23

Visceral #23

Charcoal on newsprint 2015 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

Visceral #7

Visceral #7

Mixed media on paper 2014 | 650mm x 500mm Unframed

Teddyboy

Teddyboy

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2015 | 1000mm x 700mm Unframed On show at Arteye Gallery | JHB

Saṃsāra

Saṃsāra

Mixed media on canvas panel 2015 | 760mm x 610mm On show at Art Eye Gallery | JHB

The Pharaoh's Wive

The Pharaoh's Wive

Mixed media on canvas panel 2015 | 760mm x 610mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Francis

Francis

Mixed media on paper 2015 | 650mm x 500mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Visceral #17

Visceral #17

Mixed media on newsprint 2015 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed On show at Arteye Gallery | JHB

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Visceral #28

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2015 | 1000mm x 700mm Unframed On show at Artist's Proof | Washington DC

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