I am an artist from the North East of the UK, who works under the alias ‘Bael’. My work is an attempt to create a haunting, yet beautiful visualization of the human form. When I´m asked to describe my work, the only honest answer I can give is that my art is that it is an attempt to capture human emotion and form in a haunting and effecting way. An obsession with drawing and line is the strongest element of my paintings and ink studies, the tension found in the figures comes from a fine balance of wanting to create a work that has visual and emotional impact, but does so by minimal means.
The rawness and immediacy of my work comes from my preference to paint with acrylic paint and charcoal on canvas or wood panel. These materials allow me to work quickly and retain the kind of line that exist in my drawings and transpose that into the paintings. The use of these basic materials started in my early twenties, when I was unable to afford primer of paint, oil stick and acrylics were compatible with this low grade support, so my aesthetic was born from necessity.
German Expressionism and Art Nouveau are my earliest influences as an artist, but I also draw inspiration from comic books, early silent film and even Japanese Animation.
My work is about capturing human emotion and form with a sense of simplicity, to express something complex, in as few words as possible.