The ideas for these works started with a stone tower that I saw in Wicklow, Ireland. The site is supposed to be one of of the earliest Christian Universities that was sacked by Vikings in the 8th Century.
This was a joint exhibition between myself and Sydney artist Rod Holdaway in 2009. Rod’s works are depictions of the people and places around Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, and my own work was done of the Newcastle streets between 1989 and 1992.
The works in this exhibition were an extension of the ‘all over’ structures from the 1981 work. I tried to convey more emotive tension in the work through the use of many ‘reds’. I was influenced by the music of the British ‘new wave’ band Joy Division from this period.
The ideas for the paintings and drawings come from a response to American ‘abstract expressionism’. A ‘Gallery A’ during the 1970s this seemed to be the major concern for the mature Australian artists whom I looked up to.
I studied at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School) from 1970 – 1972. The sculpture department taught basic studio skills; modeling, casting, life drawing and the latest trends in constructing sculpture.