2009, Oil on Linen, 152 x 152cm
A noble visage, fragmented to be an echo of its former stateliness: this is doubt. The potential is there - the possible elegance clearly visible - indeed within reach, but reduced, weakened and distorted by the insidious lack of faith eating away from within.
Pure is a series that explores humanity in an unconventional way. On the surface they could be seen as just moody skies. But to dismiss them so would be to miss the point: the clouds provide each painting a grounding in reality, but their main purpose is to provide a linking yet changing backdrop against which complex foreground dramas unfold.
Unusually, with these paintings the titles are as important as the works themselves, as they alert the viewer to the fact that they are not witnessing merely a scene, but that each is a quirky metaphor for a particular personality characteristic. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the opening chapters to an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.