Joined Feb 23 2014
54 years old
I am a Sheffield, UK, based painter who believes that Art has an important role to play in commenting on and reflecting the socio-political conditions under which it is produced. I am also committed to the idea of 'slow art', i.e. work that contradicts the notion that art should be easily produced, easily consumed, and easily discarded. To experience a painting requires the viewer to take time out from the hectic pace of the life we lead in these days of mass consumer obsolescence and internet urgency, of insecure jobs and economic uncertainty. The term provides one possible key to the role of art in a period where its purpose as a means of communication and commentary seems to have been supplanted by more widely accessible media. In a soundbite world of flash images we receive much information, but are not encouraged to process it. Art can take us to a place outside of our immediacy to reconnect with the joy, beauty and sublimity of our existence, and our roles and responsibilities in preserving it. To do this art must encourage us to slow our thoughts, shut out the noise, and let go of the instant to the point at which we can reflect..
My current practice utilises images drawn from the ruins of Northern England's industrial past to encourage the viewer to question both the mode and pace of our development, and also to recognise its cost. My work can also be seen on http://jlpaw.wordpress.com/