Unveiling the darkness

-Exploring Dark Art-


I’m often asked why I paint dark, gloomy canvases. While these kinds of paintings frequently evoke strong emotions and can be perceived as expressions of sadness and solitude, I think it’s important to challenge the stigma that the artists behind these works are usually dark, sad, and unhappy people.

I create this kind of work to explore a wide range of emotions and themes, not because it reflects my current emotional state. My black, sinister-looking paintings may delve into themes of mortality, existential questions, or critiques about society. These themes require layers of depth and complexity, and over the years, I’ve become comfortable producing this kind of work without necessarily experiencing the sentiments they depict.


Therapeutic Process and Creative Catharsis

For me, creating art is a therapeutic process. Engaging with intense themes allows me to process and externalize emotions in a creative, cathartic way. It’s much like writing a poem, composing a song, or playing an instrument. The act of creating becomes a form of emotional release, a way to navigate through complex feelings without being consumed by them.


Physical Performance and Artistic Journey

My art is also a physical performance: the scraping, splashing, wiping, and gouging. I’m almost always exhausted after a session in my studio. This physical exertion is part of my creative journey and not a reflection of my mental health. The vigorous process of creating these pieces is a testament to my dedication to the craft, not an indication of personal turmoil.


Head Full of Ghosts

Mixed media on canvas

1000mm x 1000mm

Juxtaposing Light and Dark Themes

By juxtaposing light and dark themes, I’m able to create a dynamic, compelling range of work and emotions. This often offers the viewer a fuller range of visual engagement. A dark piece might resonate with someone on a deep, personal level, leading them to assume that the artist shares similar feelings. This projection is more about the viewer’s interpretation than the artist’s intent or emotional state.


Moving Beyond the Stigma

In conclusion, the assumption that artists who create dark and moody paintings are inherently sad and depressed overlooks the complexity of artistic expression. My work is the result of hours of labor, layers of color, emotional processing, and creative experimentation. By moving beyond this stigma, we can begin to appreciate the richness and depth that this kind of art brings to the artistic landscape.

The darkness in my art often illuminates the human experience, and my light usually shines brightest through the creative process. Embracing this complexity allows for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the myriad ways artists convey the vast spectrum of human emotion.


Thank you for joining me in exploring dark art. Remember, the shadows are just as important as the light in creating a complete and compelling narrative.

Cold Echo

Cold Echo

Mixed media on canvas

400mm x 300mm