When I started painting, I decided that I wanted to paint images like I would if I was a kid. I was sixteen in 1990, so the ‘80s just happen to be my time. All the characters and references from that era never left me, if anything they haunt me. As an experiment, I tried to approach my art as if 1989 never ended. As a kid, I spent a lot of my time drawing pop stars and movie stars from magazines, so I wanted to be true to that past time by doing exactly that now, in this era. That was the starting point, now I’m just following my nose.
It’s tricky to summarise the ‘80s without tripping over the bad stuff. At the time, you never really saw it, but the summery colours and pattern collage of Memphis Design still have a positive feeling for me. Miami Vice carried that theme on, and that played a big role in my world. If something had pinks and blues in it, I liked it. The ocean, palm trees, peach-coloured trousers and mint green shoes; whatever the combination, that was the kind of thing that put me in a good place.