BILL DAGGS

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Daggs's work looks at human behaviour, the roles we play in society and how our environments affect and shape us as individuals. It focuses on social and cultural identity, usually concentrating on the male gender, the expectations put on us by the systems we live in and our communities, and the influences our peer groups have on us. Daggs explores the male bravado and the conditioning that young men face growing up in inner cities, tackling subjects such as dependency, isolation, belongingness, mental health and machismo. Daggs's interest in social history is highlighted through topics such as colonialism and cultural appropriation, he examines these within his work to understand and document his own culture and urban upbringing in London, his home and place of birth. His fascination with anthropology, the information we gather and leave scattered throughout time, and the marks we make on our surroundings also have a great impression on the work and it's subject matter. The use of lettering and words that are often found within the pieces reference back to early British political protest graffiti of the 1970's & 80's and his own passion for writing and literature. Acrylic paint is the choice of medium; it captures of the urgency of his painting process, it's quickly dry and left it's mark, this allows 'mistakes' and unintentional lines to become integral parts of the composition, leaving layers and traces exposed as hints to the past and embracing them.

 

At Midnight the Gnole Will Make Hallucinations of Rabbits

73 x 54cm

2018

Enjoy the Company of Dogs

61 x 46cm

2019

I Am My Fathers Son, His Uzi Weighs a Ton

160 x 120cm

2018

I Thought of You, But I Thought of the Horse More, If I'm Honest

160 x 120cm

2018

If the Bus Don’t Start I'll Find a Dime, Speak of Sweet Nothings to Pass the Time

160 x 120cm

2018

Imperial Nostalgia - Grey Britain (Just Another Murderous Toff)

165 x 95cm

2019

Saul & Wookie (Before Grime was Grime)

152 x 122cm

2018

The Young Colonialist I (Ibiza '01)

180 x 125cm

2018

The Young Colonialist II (Bangkok '09)

76 x 61cm

2019