Sinclair (b.1968) paints 'backwards', directly onto the reverse side of Perspex (or Plexiglass) giving his work of bright and strongly contrasting colours a luminous appearance. Often starting from pastiches of classic works, he incorporates provocative textual elements that use puns, flip old sayings on their head, or offer unexpected answers to rhetorical questions in order to challenge perceived orthodoxies. Others make heavy use of masking and scalpel work to form dense areas of vivid, alternating colour.
Sinclair's work – declared Best in Show by the Chicago Sun Times – is available as limited edition cards from museums such as the V&A. Original works and signed prints by Sinclair are available from the Woolff Gallery, which has represented Sinclair since 2010.
Although the son of an accomplished artist, Sinclair did not begin painting until after moving to Britain from his native New Zealand in 1996, turning to art as a creative outlet while working as a civil engineer on London construction sites. Following the birth of his second child in 2004 he took his family to New Zealand for six months where he began to develop his signature style. Back in London he self-started his career by selling work at artist-led art fairs and private shows.
Sinclair's humorous, playful and gently mocking work reflect human and societal concerns regarding our relationships to one another and themes of wealth, power, and ego. Works by Lichtenstein, Hirst, Klimt, Da Vinci, Picasso and Michaelangelo and images of celebrities from Barack Obama to Elizabeth Taylor have all formed the basis for his paintings, subverted through cartoonish imagery and textual puns. Sinclair's latest exhibition at the Woolff Gallery was based around the theme of 'Utopia', and explored the concept of living in a and unified peaceful world. Sinclair lives and works in Stroud, UK.
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