WHO was violently home invaded in May 2001. This domestic violence was well documented by Police and supported by photos, witness statements’ and legal documents.
This event has been the driving force of his body of Artistic development since 2002.
WHO has been a tireless advocate for others who have suffered similar domestic violence acts by friends , family or unknown persons.
His work was a major part of a thesis on OUTSIDER ART by Dr Karleen Gwinner and is now accepted as a leading paper on Outsider art World wide.
WHO has been exhibiting his ground breaking work since 2002 and his work is collected by serious collectors of outsider art world wide. WHO’s work is in private , corporate and public collections throughout Australia, Canada, U.S.A, France, Singapore ,South Africa and Thailand.
WHO with long term collaborator Febe Zysltra had a Major exhibition supported by the Australian Consular General in Chicago 2010.
This show was the first of its kind and was a major success.
WHO’s work has been critiqued as thought provoking, shocking, truthful, beautiful and even ugly.
Through WHO’s interdisciplinary approach encompassing painting, collage and sculptural forms, WHO’s works explode with a figurative disposition that is targeted towards his attackers who have driven WHO’s work to evolve .
Comic relief is engaged to query these serious issues that face many of us and his work is now of major current relevance.
WHO grew up on the urban fringe of Australia’s Gold Coast and Brisbane in the 1960’s. The architectural modernism of his childhood featured economical use of space , lack of ornamentation, utilisation of new materials and techniques and above all design simplicity.
These elements rebound in WHO’s work today and his work is considered as a serious practise of OUTSIDER ART ( ART BRUT )
What is stimulating is that when you examine WHO’s work , you are hauled kicking and screaming into a World of incongruous feelings, images and confidence .
WHO after 2011 embarked on private works helping and advocating for those who have suffered similar acts of violence.
WHO’s latest 2015 works are brusque, provocative, political and are a way of communicating that is direct and clear and that is easily understood by the age of social media users.
Compelling political ideas of hope seamlessly merge in a visual outburst that challenges the audiences expectations.
Welcome to the WORLD of WHO.