My fine art work... Well, what can I say? That seems like a whole life-time ago! Ever since I was a child though, I wanted to be some sort of fine artist. Of course, you go through stages of which type of artist you would like to become. At the age of eight, it was definitely to create comic books; I was always drawing cartoons and trying to emulate my favourites from the superheroes to the newspaper strips. When I began university, I became obsessed with print-making, most commonly the linocut used in its purest form or as a dynamic layer within many in the finished work. After university, I was kind of lost and had to rely on simply drawing and photographic manipulation.

If I had stuck to just getting better at cartoons, as was my original want, this website may have been very different. This may have been the official site of my own comic house with fantastic animated graphics and multi-million dollar pages. Somehow my art became something quite different over time. I found though that the older I grew, the more intensely personal the art became. There are echoes of that comic book wannabe throughout most of my work, but not wanting to come across as too egotistical, there seems to be more of me and my personal observations than perhaps ultimately I would have liked. If the work is too inward looking, I found that on the whole, the onlooker was kind of alienated away from it. People who knew me just considered that I was banging on about the same stuff all of the time - pop culture, my obsessions, my pets and that definite and busy jumble of imagery that seemed to pour out of my mind and onto the paper. The people who didn't know me, perhaps really didn't get it. Even so, I look back on my time at university, in that wonderful era of pipe- dreams, with much fondness. Who knows? Perhaps I will get back into the studio at some stage and traditional art will dominate my days once more? Only time, as they say, will tell...   

In the mean-time though, please enjoy some of my favourite works from my university years...

All imagery and artwork (C) Steve Perrin. All rights reserved.