Liam is a self-developed painter with no formal training as a fine artist. He teaches himself everything, usually inventing his own methods and techniques, because his art has always been a personal exclamation – not a rendition. In March of 2009, he sporadically began experimenting on canvas in his Philadelphia apartment. It compelled him to take up painting full-time from that moment forward, so he rapidly drained his savings on supplies and started working around-the-clock. Suddenly, every inch of his 700 sq. ft. apartment was transforming into an art studio – so much so that the only available space for him to sleep was his closet. Clearly, something was unleashed.
Liam also walked – a lot – which helped him discover local businesses throughout Philadelphia and NYC to position his abstracts for sale. Month after month, Liam continued to create, position, sell, and grow a larger following of collectors, and building a business in the process. He has been commissioned by private collectors and interior designers to paint custom pieces for homes and businesses in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island.
Over the last eight years, his work has been collected by discerning contemporary enthusiasts in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In 2016, he moved to San Francisco to establish himself on the West Coast, although, Liam remains bi-coastal for commissioned assignments and art fairs. Liam paints everyday in his studio in Mill Valley, CA.
" Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. "
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
My work is characterized by a distinctively elemental quality that echoes phenomena found in the natural world. Compositions are bold, readily engaging the imagination with textures, tones, and forms that feel reminiscent. My aim is disarming viewers with an immersive experience full of evocative mystique.
Typically, abstract paintings can be underwhelming for people. They aren't sure what exactly they're supposed to be seeing, and often the artist's intentions just don't translate through with their execution. Too many abstract painters dwell in a limited space with perfunctory techniques, materials, and compositions - contributing little to the art form, and confusing people with droning messages about hidden meanings.
Ordinary approaches to painting will only ever result in ordinary art. As an artist, I'm only interested in creating imagery spawned by thinking differently about painting altogether. I'm driven to disrupt this tired adherence to oils, to acrylics, and to splotches and smudges that mean more to the artist than the viewer. By utilizing bolder materials – eg. lacquer, shellac, joint compound, polyurethane, resin, wood stains, and solvents – and by approaching the application process with innovative methods I'm showing people a new kind of Abstract.
Inspiration isn't a part of my process, because I honestly don't have the patience for it. I believe the derivation of most remarkable things is simply hard work. Plodding effort. Devotion. Obsession. Instigating evolution – not waiting for it.