An extended introduction?..... The basis for my paintings has always been essentially about mortality, as seen through the merging contradictions of disparate elements of my life. This interpenetration occurs when the histories of abstract mark making, an ongoing developing iconography and sub-cultural motifs are placed in relationships on the picture plane. Colloquialisms and urban vernacular appear alongside art history, references to Brutalist architecture, comic books, skateboards, motorcycle club life, etc to explore masculine identity within a transient lifetime. This allows for an extended and negotiated dialogue between ideas of the political and class division, sub-cultural resistance and tribalism. They are built of these separate underlying elements, and like the Frankenstein monster and its will to live, the sum adds up to more than its parts.