"Houses tell stories. They stir memories of days long-forgotten. They serve as functional monuments, solitary observers of the passing of time. I'm intrigued by the lives of houses. Old Queenslanders, post-war homes, fibro; each have their own distinct personalities, tales and ghosts."
"Every now and then I come across a house that resonates with me. They may be reminding me of places hidden in my memory. I have no conscious recollection of ever living in a house like the one in the painting, yet when I saw the house on a Paddington street I somehow felt a connection. An attachment that always remains distant and out of reach.
As more and more dwellings get demolished to make way for new developments the houses that remain gain all the more significance, becoming haunting reminders of the transience of life. The works in this exhibition explore the lives of these houses, shrines of the lost suburban."
J's art is sure to cast the changing face of Brisbane in a new light. What are we becoming, and what will be lost?
"My 'Sea Dog's' series of paintings follows on from my 'Inked' series in that it continues my fascination with mark making through engraving and scratching the surface of the paintings but with this series I have had a lot of fun moving the narrative to dogs with tattoos.
Certain breeds of dog have a very tough persona and it appealed to me to imagine these might be the type of dog's that would get tattoos. Not just any tattoos, the 'old school' style. A style which comes mainly from old navy tattoos and is so appropriate to me at this time as I currently live in the historical fishing port of St Ives ,Cornwall. Here stories of Pirates and smuggling are part of the local folklore, in fact, you may find these old 'Sea Dogs' sitting at the bar in the famous Sloop Inn telling tales over a rum or two."