My painting present a brutalist perspective of the body in heightened, melodramatic states. I am interested in depicting banal subjects as elevated and allegorical, in which representations refer to their own physicality and – through the gestural application of paint – the nature of painting. The visceral and emotive approach toward my paintings stems largely in part from a cathartic incident in 2008, in which I was a victim of a hate-crime assault. In the aftermath of this period I became fascinated by ideas surrounding masculinity and began exploring the correlation between bodily fluids (namely blood, puss) and the physical properties of paint. Most of my work since has engaged a dialogue of sexuality, identity, and a confrontation of the conceptual understanding of self/other.

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