Why do I paint?

With consumerism at the forefront of western society as a purpose to live, we live to work, to earn, to consume, is all a major part of our lives.  I find myself drawn to expressing an alternative view through my art.

Although some see painting as being based on traditional values as a limitation to address contemporary issues, I believe that it offers me the challenge of finding new meaning, creating new insight and capturing people’s imagination in a unique way.  Even though some might see this as naive, as nothing is truly original anymore in this postmodern society.

Another reason why I paint is when I am painting l would never get a chance to see what it would be like if l did something else because I can not undo the last mark.  The process of painting is addictive. I’m always hoping for improvement and possibly perfection, but always realising that it is unattainable.  The question nearly always arises; do I risk spoiling it or do I start a new painting?

I am a risk taker and painting suits my way of working and what I want to communicate.  I think this is why Francis Bacon destroyed so much of his work, he liked risk.

©Francis Bacon, Figures at the base of crucifixion 1944, 1 panel part of a triptych
©Francis Bacon, Figures at the base of crucifixion 1944, 1 panel part of a triptych
©Stuart Bush A pocket full of dreams 2010 oil on canvas, 120.4 cm x 160.4 cm
©Stuart Bush A pocket full of dreams 2010 oil on canvas, 120.4 cm x 160.4 cm – £2,500 + shipping enquiry

This painting titled ‘A pocket full of dreams’ is intended for us to just for a moment to stop and think, pulling back the curtain, to consider what it means to be human.  By reviewing the influences we allow in our minds our bodies, like the clothes we wear, all creates the consuming lifestyles we choose.

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