LE TOUR - from maillot jaune to lanterne rouge
SOLO EXHIBITION - 30 June - 28 July 2012.
SNAP GALLERIES, Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1
The summer of 2012 sees the culmination of two year's practice. The LE TOUR Exhibition will take place during July, running parallel with the 99th Tour de France, and represent my first truly major body of work.
Spanning over 100 years, my muse (the Tour de France), with its multifarious facets of intrigue, provides a very rich landscape from which to draw. Here, my focus, as always, is about stories.
Making pictures from the past allows me to fuse a broad palette of values - culture, emotion, drama, human fortitude and frailty. And reinvent them in a modern framework. This regenerative, allegorical element, provides much depth.
To that end, it is not so much the sport itself, more the people who make it what it is. They may be not just the competitors, but their trainers, their families, their lovers, perhaps their enemies. I have, quite deliberately, broadened my outlook, so that the artworks, as a cohesive body, show some element of the uniqueness of the Tour de France. Research has thrown up many fascinating subplots. In themselves, frequently more bizarre and 'colourful' than the main event.
My journey, from now until the end of June, is to take these moments, and storyboard the melodrama. In doing so, the creative practice I employ often feels like an act of pseudo-resurrection. Or renaissance. Moments in time, and those involved, brought back to life.
LE TOUR represents the very essence of my work - an apotheosis - a sporting event, and its players, repositioned as a gallery of devotional imagery.
All artworks will be available to buy.