I didn’t realise… I’ve been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven’t had the ability to write anything.
My ‘Ice Cream Artworks‘.
In the series I explore idealism and perfection, combining the use of flat bright colours and grey scale forming highly stylised images. I draw influences from the popular culture of the 1930s: the golden age of cinema and illustrated posters promising the lure of escapism.
The idea for the Ice Cream Artworks started back in 2014; while I was looking for inspiration, I came across an image of Bette Davis eating an ice cream and let’s say things have escalated somewhat from there.
I entered the first stylised image of Bette into the Tight Modern exhibition that year which was seen by around 42,000 people. (Tight Modern is the world’s smallest temporary pop-up gallery; an 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern, showcasing talented under-represented artists from across the UK.)
Art is my way of processing life, it helps me unburden emotions and gives me a way to express the inexpressible. It is also my escape, relaxation and enjoyment. I often draw to please myself, as well as to challenge, to amuse and entertain.
So earlier this year, during the cold winter months, ten new ‘Ice Cream Artworks’ were created. I had the pleasure of immersing myself in bright colours and the feeling of summer, whilst being tucked up in a blanket.
We live in a world where social media urges us to strive for perfection. It is so easy to fall into the dream of wanting a perfect life, especially when reality is so completely imperfect.
So I choose to play in the worlds of escapism, optimism, longing and possibility. Of bright colours and sunshine, even in winter.
For the most updated images of what I am working on, go to Instagram