My current concern is with portraiture and my latest project is a series of drawings from life (a single sitting) of family members and friends. In this series I am interested in capturing a moment and the mood of the person on the day.
Inspired by David Hockney’s large-format drawings of family members and friends, which were included along with the portraits of his Daschunds in Some Drawings of Family, Friends and Best Friends 1993–1994 at the 1853 Gallery at Salts Mill, Saltaire, near Bradford in 1994.
I remember the exhibition running the length of Salts Mill. The freshness of the portraits using just crayons or pencil, seemed to capture a moment in time, not worked and re-worked, no layers upon layers of paint, just pure simple, honest and immediate drawing. I have always wanted to create a similar body of work, keeping it simple, using just one or two drawing mediums, also focusing on friends and family. It’s been a lingering ambition ever since.
I will be exhibiting the series at a solo show in the Long (Tudor) Gallery at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park,
Highgate Hill, London N6.
1st - 30th September 2014.