Byron Pruks

My figurative painting practice explores autobiography and anxiety, specifically the physical impact of stress. Drawing upon my own experience of anxiety, I use my hands as my subject – as my stress manifests in the biting of my nails and fingers. By repeating the hands, I mirror the compulsion to engage in the habit of nail-biting multiple times a day. Watercolours allow me to explore the theme of anxiety in an immersive and obsessive way, with a compulsive layering of paint. As such, I mimic my habitual fingernail biting. My work, whilst inherently personal, intends to capture a universal feeling of anxiety and through the personal content I create a sense of intimacy and empathy with the viewer.

Untitled 2017 watercolour on paper each panel 18 x 18 cm

Untitled 2017 watercolour on paper each panel 18 x 18cm

Untitled 2017 watercolour on paper each panel 18 x 18cm