As a young boy, I seemed to have a lot of time to myself. There wasn’t much to do if you had nobody much to do it with. Parents splitting up, chaotic no home life, the electricity being cut off and no carpet on the floor at home really stood out as the height of my embarrassment and shame. Being from a North Western town in England, all that really seemed to matter was football. A true working class game that was played with much passion up and down the soggy playing fields of a town called Widnes. It was a town that didn’t have much in the way of visual stimulation apart from what was once an ICI chemical factory on the banks of the river Mersey.
At night the huge refinery would glow magnificently with bright white light reflecting against the huge network of interconnecting steel pipes. It was something out of a science fiction movie and it was right here on my doorstep. It was like a secret city where nobody lived. The whole place coming alive at night, and by day, disappearing into the surrounding ordinariness of the estuary. The inter play of light and darkness has always held a special place in my heart and remain a constant theme in the development of original artworks produced by Bitflek.