- painting modern day heroes -
My work explores the idea of contemporary heroes. I paint portraits or scenes that include characters that are known for their controversial views on themes like science vs. religion, free will, morality and geo-political phenomena and to me they also represent a critique of individualism, indifference and detachment regarding other people’s suffering, both around us and globally.
I create environments for characters such as Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as well as hip-hop musicians like the Wu Tang Clan, surrounding them in landscape, patterning or abstract marks as a symbol of inclusive and open conversation.
I use different mediums such as markers, acrylics, oil paints, stencils, rollers and spray paint, in order to convey this sense of dialogue. I am also interested in the dialogues between patterning, abstract mark making and figurative forms that animate further ideas of conversation between transhistorical aesthetic languages.
I work from photography and pop culture imagery, influenced by the aesthetic languages of advertisement, marketing, religious iconography and classical representations of power in contemporary and historical visual culture.
My influences include Francesco Clemente, Leon Golub, Barbara Kruger, and Wilhelm Sasnal, given their practice and political subject matter. Other important influences are comic book culture and my background in graffiti and mural painting.