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Fractal Factory Facts
I’ve been experimenting with painting for over 30 years – trying different applications and mediums, but it’s probably been in the last 5 years that I feel everything has started to gel. The various exhibitions, including regular showings at the Manly Arts Festival and a recent collaboration at the Museum of Contemporary Art have all helped develop my style.
My main inspiration comes from our natural habitat. I love the juxtaposition of random chaos against the predictable, repeating cycles we see all around us. Like the surf peeling down a beach; it’s an endless dance of no two waves breaking the same. Fractals are another source of inspiration. I dig their irregular yet replicating characteristics – how they can be repeatedly subdivided into parts, each piece being a near perfect copy of the original. I like finding them in nature – clouds, lightning bolts, coastlines, river networks, leaf veins, reptile scales and trees often have certain fractal characteristics.
Bridget Riley ‘The music of colour, that’s what I want’ - Bridget Riley, one of founders of the Optical Art (Op Art) movement during the 60’s derived her inspiration from her perception of and response to nature, colour & light. Her major works are characterized by precise and meticulous placement of dots, zig-zags, curves and bands of solid colour creating the illusion of brilliant shimmering and subtle changes of light itself.
For me, Pollock redefined the boundaries of applying paint to canvas and was a pioneer of abstract art in America. His palette choice and ability to express dynamic movement in symmetry with compositions of chaotic drippings and random splatterings was pure genius. Recent computer analysis has found fractal patterns littered throughout his work. I
80,000 years of living harmoniously with the land has intrinsically linked Australian Aboriginal art with their culture. Forming an integral part of marking territories, recording history and not only telling stories about the ancestral dreamtime but the designs themselves possess or contain the power of the land and the ancestral being.
My work is characterized by vibrant explosive shapes of colour, producing random patterns of enegerized movement.
Most of my work is sold at exhibitions, with the balance made up of commissioned work. Apart from Australia, my art can be found in private collections in the UK, Africa, Singapore, USA and Malayasia.