I have drawn since I was 3 years old, often obsessively.
My primary interest was inner and outer space. The Mind, and spaceships from the Golden Age of SF.
A fixation with transformation and metamorphosis was also an early companion and comfort, and a love of such totally immersive play was a window onto a world I now see as shamanic magick.
At school with a cohort of likeminded soul mates and a grounding in mathematics, science, and literature, drama and of course Art, I was prepared for the upheavals and wonders of the 70’s and my part in it.
It is hard to overstate David Bowie’s influence on me, having seen him as Ziggy, at Birmingham Town Hall. I had sneaked in for 50 New Pence. He was a validator for Science Fiction, for creative growth as a prime directive, and of course as a conduit to so much else, including Warhol, and Crowley. The sacred and the profane. The play of coincidence and synchronicity. Chance. The necessity of The Unknown in all creative acts.
It was these ingredients that led to a training in architecture, that ultimately in turn led also to a career as a professional performer. Narrative, for me was the quantum of subjective thought. Story telling.
Having eschewed being labelled as much as possible, I continued to paint and act and generally live the life of a seeker. The number of people I need to thank is very large.
I intended to write a graphic novel of my journey, both material and metaphysical in nature, and use my figurative skills as an illustrator, as part of my exporation. Instead a series of abstract works demanded to be created and subsequently banished before I could proceed....
These were on display as part of my installation at Ganapati Restaurant. London SE15 5DF The works are titled NEUROTECTONICS. Closed at this space on 6 January 2017.
NEUROTECTONICS Has finished a three month run at 16 De Crespigny Park London SE5 8AF at MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience 18 January 2017. https://vimeo.com/201014347
PS ‘Coincidentally’ a restored HD version of Roeg’s film starring Bowie, was released on 9 September 2016, “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Strangely enough, that’s sometimes exactly how I feel.