'Bather', 2013, Oil on Canvas [medium] [/medium], 100 x 67cms

'Bather', 2013, Oil on Canvas , 100 x 67cms

'Ablution', 2013, Oil on Board [medium] [/medium], 33 x 34cms

'Ablution', 2013, Oil on Board , 33 x 34cms

'Wavey Davey', 2013, Oil on Board [medium] [/medium], 16 x 16cms

'Wavey Davey', 2013, Oil on Board , 16 x 16cms

'Hymnologist', 2013, Oil on Board [medium] [/medium], 32 x 33cms

'Hymnologist', 2013, Oil on Board , 32 x 33cms

'Das Kind', 2010, Oil on Canvas [medium] [/medium], 160 x 110cms

'Das Kind', 2010, Oil on Canvas , 160 x 110cms

Artist’s statement

The subject matter is multi-layered and inter-twined across the different paintings within the group. The figures in the landscapes are ‘characters’ or psychological ‘models’ which I relate to on some level and which I feel allude to certain universal primitive states which are perhaps only thinly disguised by the social veneer. For me they exist in spaces familiar to the collective imagination; where public and private worlds come together and form a confluence of the comic and the tragic; the beautiful and the grotesque.

I see the world as being full of fictional characters wandering around trying to fit into their own stories, (although I have an interest in philosophical solipsism, I believe this view is informed by a more externalised and rational perception of realism versus idealism and how this affects individual identity).

Sources for the work are Childhood memory, media images, photographs, literature and imagination.

Through the paintings I aim to find a place between the reality and fiction of the subject matter so that the image has a life of its own. By experimenting with the representational elements of the work and allowing the paint to become the subject of the image, I aim to disrupt the conventions and expectations of representation.

Muñoz, Andrew, RWA

Profession: Painter

Webiste: www.andrewmunoz.co.uk