‘The artist strives for authenticity’ Grayson Perry

Listening to Grayson Perry today in an interview for the guardian he explains ”that the artist strives for authenticity”. I wonder what Mr Warhol would say to that. When I began in art school I felt this need to create work that was authentic which is why I fell in love with photography and the darkroom printing process, and its magic. Now with the digital age of photography it is hard to know whether that perfect sunset has been tampered with by photoshop. Why do we have a hunger to create these fantasy worlds? Lets get back to good old fashioned 35mm film and medium format!! However my phone does hold over 3000 photos so maybe not just yet.

Sixteen years on from art school authenticity now is about the process of my idea and how it colours and forms my imagination. My painting below is  a collection of pure  expression take from it what you will. The images are a cross over from soldiers marching in the first world war and found photographs of a boxing club and social club in the Welsh Valley’s. The relevance is history and human nature, the fine line between love and hate.

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The American Dream…………and industrial down fall………..2016

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This original canvas began life as a black and white mass produced canvas of New York City,  that has developed into the reflection of the changing world we live in. The timing of this painting took place after the result of the referendum and the vote to leave the European Union.

The elements that have arisen from the painting illustrate the ghost land of the industrial landscape here in Wales. How its communities have struggled but determination and community strengthened. For voices to be heard and recognised. It has been said the result of the referendum was a result of a protest vote due to the austerity measures. And in doing so it has given a voice to the working class. Just like Josef Herman gave a voice to the working class subjects he painted by turning his subjects into works of art.

As an artist and teacher I believe firmly that the arts should be accessible to all. Art is liberating and unique to the individual and their experiences.

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