I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do.
Full, saturated colours have an emotional significance I want to avoid.
My work is purely autobiographical... It is about myself and my surroundings.
The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.
You ask why I'm fascinated by the human figure? As a human animal, I am interested in some of my fellow animals: in their minds and bodies.
As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as flesh does.
The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art.
The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
I never think about my style but just try and make the pictures look believable.