American Artist Ernest Ruckle and I collaborated on two major artworks in 1999/2000 for an exhibition in New York.
Working closely with others can be very productive and inspiring. Friend and Architect Keith Pethe and I have been collaborating in some shape or form for the past few years.
The time I nearly drowned. My mother rescued me from a freak summer wave surge. The imagery of the bubbles is implanted in my memory and was been a key influence in my artworks.
On seeing my Manhattan Man in 2000 Ernest Ruckle pointed out the similarity of my work with that of the Austrian Artist Hundertwasser. I had never heard of him at that time but now he is one of my favourite artists.
I became aware of the work of Marcel Duchamp when I came across his small glass in the Moma, New York; To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour. I personally don't believe the accepted meaning of it, I believe he was taking the mick. I was amused when I saw Japanese tourists going from one side to the other, confused by the fact that the piece is titled on both sides of the plinth. I know that most people remember him for his Urinal but I am also fascinated by his Nude Descending Staircase series.
..and here it is;...and one of the nudes;
...and of course M. C. Escher. The Legend.
Where would we be without the Internet. A major tool and inspiration to me.