Artist Statement for Adventure Into An Unknown World.
After graduating from Newcastle Tafe Art School in 2012 with a Diploma in Visual Arts I now have the freedom to explore technique and sub-conscious without the constraints of set tasks. However although I am not formally studying I am still on a constant art induced trajectory, absorbing and responding to observed principles and practices by constantly reading about art and attending and reviewing art exhibitions.
Expression is paramount to art practice. At present I am researching an American 20th century artist Richard Diebenkorn who communicated enticingly through his vision rather than imposed art theory. His early work was associated with abstract expressionism but while this work is admirable it is his later work associated with the Bay Area Figurative movement that is influencing my current direction.
It was while researching Richard Diebenkorn I happened upon a quote pertinent to my art practice. Although in reference to the abstract expressionists this quote by American 20th century artist Mark Rothko “To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks” struck me as a desirable approach to art practice. And this I hope to pursue throughout my career as an artist.
Newcastle is referenced in this exhibition as a parallel world. The icons are present but visual licence is apparent. This is my interpretation of this city and surrounds represented in a painterly style with energy and colour. The original ink linocuts are based on my drawings and paintings.