Alex Walton or sometimes known as SkipRat D.O.B – 30/06/1977 At school, the only class I really paid any attention in was art. I simply wasn't interested in anything else and I think my obsession and fascination with the media, advertising, signage, Logos and Pop Art started there. Over the years I have continued to absorb a variety of cultural and visual influences, exploring and observing the urban Sub Cultures that I have researched and experienced. From travelling and living in other countries I have explored different languages and religions which often finds itself into my work. I don’t restrict myself to any one subject and rarely set an agenda for how a piece may look once complete. I use and experiment with a wide variety of materials but tend to use a mixture of household paints, emulsion, gloss, spray paint, varnishes and stains often on reclaimed wooden panels, stretched canvas and glass. My intention is to create work that has a sense of age and decay as if extracted from a particular place or time and framed/displayed for its own beauty. The initial back ground paintings never really begin planned, but tend to take on an organic spontaneous journey. Letting the brush marks take their own path on the canvas or wood. Paint is applied then left to dry, layered again with further strokes then scraped back or sanded down, before starting the process again and again. This allows different forms to emerge to the surface and begin to dictate some direction. Often this is done with No real focus on the end work. Hand drawn and cut stencils have become more prevalent in recent years, allowing myself to work on a larger scale with a desire to push this further on a far grander scale with many future projects in mind.