I am fascinated by and document the effects that technology and social media culture have on our society.
My work documents the effects that technology and social media culture have on our society. I am fascinated by our need and obsession with creating our own identities; banal, creative or just plain ludicrous. From individuals simply seeking connection - to others who have wider ambitions and make a living by growing audiences that eclipse those associated with traditional celebrity.
Amidst our obsession of sharing, easy access to technology has given individuals unprecedented opportunities to reach large audiences directly. Many who were previously unrecognized or underserved now have a voice. While some are driven by pure narcissism, the underlying human need to connect with others on some intimate level is the most interesting as it requires us to publicly expose a part of ourselves not often seen. I document those brave enough to expose themselves in order to give us a better understanding of who we are and what intimacy means to us.
My work represents the complexity of those that drive our culture – versatile, shrewd, poor, trustworthy, powerful, vulnerable and sometimes deceitful. The public creation of personal identity, combined with the emergence of a ‘new’ celebrity for a new era is what I bring to life in my work. In homage of traditional portraiture as a representation of our times, my work is a reflection of who we are now.
Some of my traditional influences include Matisse, Picasso, Klimt. My contemporary influences include Freud, Francesco Clemente, Inka Essinhigh, Gary Hume, Lisa Yuskavage, Antonio Lopez, Elizabeth Peyton, Alex Katz and Alice Neel.
I was born in South Africa, the son of Bonnie Serjeant, a painter still working in Cape Town. Drawing & painting throughout childhood, I emigrated to the United States with my father and settled in New York City following receipt of my BA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After many years in New York I am excited to have moved back to Los Angeles to thrive within this rich and growing cultural environment. The ultimate mashup of media, entertainment, the arts and technology. I always remember drawing and my childhood years were filled with the graphic novels and comic books of Europe. Drawing cartoons had me focus on the figure, where my main interest still lies today. My first solo show in New York was held at ‘A Company’ Gallery in February 2000 and my work has since been featured in a group shows in Europe, New York and California.