I am an artist who uses photography as an artistic tool.
In my artwork I explore what makes individual places recognizable, special and unique, whilst also adding my own interpretation to the landscapes. I also explore how different structures interact with each other.
I create my artwork by taking photographs and then combining them digitally. This method and my artistic style give the artwork their own individuality.
I consider myself to be an Outsider Artist. Outsider Artists view the world from a distinctive perspective because
of disability or disadvantage.
My first solo exhibition took place in September 2016 at the Silverhill Studios, St Leonards-on-Sea as part of
the Coastal Currents/Root 1066 Festival and PhotoHastings 2016.
I am enthusiastic about sharing my artistic practice. In particular, I show people the different stages involved in creating my artwork, by using my Instagram page with examples of the artwork I am currently working on.
I also give talks where I show groups examples of the different stages my artwork goes through before being finished.
I had a stroke when I was just a few months old and this disability is one of the reasons I am fascinated by visual language. My disability has also given me a strong determination to find different ways of expressing myself.
I studied for the Extended Diploma in Photography course at Ashford College, graduating in 2012 with Distinction.
Photographer and Digital Artist
Visual arts workshop facilitator
All photographs on this website © Joel Apps.