Artist's Statement

My artistic philosophy suffuses my work with metaphysics, not as a mystical element, but as a plausible probability.

I began my artistic career in 1988 as a middle-aged man, harnessing both the rationality my mechanical engineering profession had given rise to, and the emotionality deeply rooted inside me as an artist. These two facets of my being were always, and still are, in conflict with one another. Seeking a harmony has driven me to a realisation that material, in its strictest definition, may not exist.

Reality is daily life, but I struggle to accept it on a quantum level. History shows us what is unbelievable soon becomes commonplace. Science bestows answers in our quest for truth, but each conclusion breeds yet more questions. So in probing reality, the ultimate truth is not what we find out, but rather the open-minded exploration itself.

I’m eternally searching for something new and I believe that it is to be found in material’s physical embodiment. When creating a realistic form, I have an overwhelming need to score the material and halt the figure’s full formation. The freedom is liberating. I can do whatever I want. A dancing figure morphs into swirling fabric, a melancholy face becomes a veil – this is the freedom of creation. On the one hand, my action removes a sense of reality; on the other, it returns the unbelievable. I also draw or paint two-dimensional anatomical imagery and shadow designs on the surface further distorting the exaggeration and enhancing the message.

In its final form, the work presents the enfolding surface of a human figure and its surroundings. The sculpture is manifested. It is a reality, but it also begs the question: is it plausible?