" It is the combination of historical oil painting’s preciousness and the throwaway or disposable quality of the twenty-first century snapshot that creates a strangely intriguing contrast in my paintings. While oil painting represents a ‘high’ place on the artistic totem pole, the ‘lowly’ snapshot is associated with mass-produced consumer culture. In terms of subject, my work has focused on representing the environment with which I am most familiar – post-Second World War suburban sprawl. Living and working in this environment, it occurs to me that it is a space not commonly associated with the production, education or distribution of fine arts. "
Mike Bayne