THE STATIONERY SERIES
I think this series of paintings is about the contrast between what the frivolous side of me identifies as the good life (success, money, luxury, pleasure), and the stern reality of my existence (hard graft, penury, discomfort, worry). I know that in this regard I resemble most other 21st century people. I freely admit that my daydreams seethe with beautiful women, luxury brands, booze, food, and money. My truth is otherwise, but without such delights to yearn for, what on earth’s the use? To illustrate this universal dilemma, I took pieces of stationery from grand restaurants and covered them with images of what we seem forever to be reaching for. Which is beyond the reach of anything but art.