My practice is interdisciplinary and improvisational. While focusing on painting
and drawing other mediums such as photography are also indulged to reflect
my background in visual art, music and architecture. As the son of a Lithuanian
refugee artist and a Spanish mother who migrated to New Norcia to become
a nun, issues of exile and landscape have informed my practice.
The images presented here are improvisations attempting to reconcile various
tensions using the medium of paint. For example tensions between the objective
landscape and the subjective scape in which the relationship between figurative
and abstracted fields are explored. Another tension is that between the natural
environment and the built environment in the landscape. For the exile, the newly
presented landscape presents as a strange new environment to be considered,
explored and related to with varying degrees of apprehension going forward with
all the intuition and analytical skills one can muster. This is also a metaphor which
describes my improvisational process in artmaking. The paintings often depict
a quiet ambiguous abstracted landscape with muted colours and amorphous
forms which allude to an intuitive approach while any vestiges of architectural
linework and geometry symbolize the built environment both in the landscape
and the mind in terms of analytical thought processes. These lines often dissolve
to highlight the impermanent nature of these relationships. The exile may struggle
spiritually, psychologically and physically to address notions of belonging
and longing. In the sense that perhaps we are all exiles in some way, hopefully my
paintings reflect this struggle and offer some insights to the viewer.
Although I have practiced drawing and painting from a young age with many
outings into the landscape to paint with my father and then studying special art
at Applecross high school, since completing my honours degree in fine art at
Curtin University only a few years ago, I still consider myself an emerging artist.
Recently I been awarded the emerging artist award from the 2017 Busselton Art Prize.