Inner-dity depression/deprivation, urban decay, industrial wastelands, heavy industry- the juxtaposition with nature, tower blocks, utopian architects vision of public housing – concrete jungle of deck access estates, repeating patterns, darkness, disturbing work, punks, post apocalyptic panoramas, cyborgs/androids, municipal monoliths / masterpieces, contemporary carbuncles, industrial icons, how the human spirit can fight on against the odds, community spirit / individual spirit, painting listening to ambient Black Metal (Norway), heavy Metal sub-genres, self taught, camera always handy………sorry what was the question ?…..Inspiration!
Contemporary inner-city art is my passion. I’ve been obsessed with tower blocks for most of my 40-something years and love High Rise, Deck Access, Beton Brut, Brutalism, Modernism and, perhaps most importantly of all, Le Corbusier’s idea of the ‘streets in the sky’.
Living in an industrial northern city like Sheffield gives no end of opportunities for capturing iconic brutalist buildings. I love taking photos of places like Park Hill flats, the Moore Street Substation or the sadly demolished Tinsley Cooling Towers and subverting them using DIY punk-style photomontage and good old-fashioned traditional Xerox art.My style is completely self taught and personally find it very satisfying and relaxing, I am personally quite surprised at the positive feedback I have received during this journey- i wish i had more time to participate in painting and drawing but alas i have several other commitments such as work, being a bass player, cooking, heavy metal,family stuff,drinking with friends, urban exploration (with my 7 year old in tow) and DIY punk- indeed when i look back to more active punkier days -most of the art started then!