Artists >> Gadeke David
The main theme that underpins the series of paintings I'm currently working on is cause and effect. The complex interaction between external forces and internal predispositions. A specific interest is the reward area of the brain, the dopaminergic pathway also known as the pleasure pathway, which is so influential in human emotional behaviour. This serves not only innate instinctual drives such as hunger and sex, but is also activated by mood enhancing stimuli from drugs and alcohol , to things like gambling. Research has also suggested it may play a role in the transcendent experience associated with music, art and spirituality. Although there is wealth of scientific literature relating to this subject, for example Skinner's reinforcement experiments, Pavlov's classical conditioning theory and Freud's focus on unconscious drives. We need only observe the pressure cooker that is modern life, to see how habitual and escapist behaviour is intrinsic in our lives and how certain personalities are compelled to flirt with the flames.
2006 BSc in psychology (1st Class Hons) Open university.
1989 College diploma in Graphic Design and Advertising. Barking College of Technology