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People sometimes ask me why I often paint faceless figures. To me, it’s not that the figures are faceless, it’s that they are ‘every face’. When all colours are combined the result is white; and so my paintings of blank faces to me are like the many faces of countless souls combined. They represent us all; and like a blank canvas asking a painter to paint, the blank face begs for the viewer to finish the painting. It asks them to put a piece of themselves into the work, and in doing to see themselves as part of this piece of the universe that I am representing in my work.
What is the figure doing in the artwork, and how does the artwork make you feel? When was the last time you felt this way? What would your expression be?
And so, you see my work becomes a reminder that we are all part of the same universe. Plato’s theory of unity and multiplicity is ever present. We are individuals, we have our own experiences and pleasures and faces; but we all affect eachother in this universe, and in spite of any differences, we have many similarities. We all have a heart, and senses, and emotions and dreams – and this is my message to all.