As a young man Sydney’s studies of Commercial Art in South Africa led him to feel a need to study fine art. Wimbledon School of Art furthered his ambition, understanding and appreciation of the art process. The History of Art at the Open University was followed by studying Art therapy at Goldsmiths University; his understanding and respect of the unconscious in Art became paramount.
South Africa continues to have an influence. He now works as a full time artist, teaching art from time to time. Van Gogh, Rauschenberg, Bomberg, Nash and Picasso among many, influence his vision. And to paraphrase Picasso, “I don’t seek; I find”.
From the figure to the landscape Sydney works with something indefinable, mainly using acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. He likes to scratch beneath the surface to reveal what’s hidden, and when his work surprises him he has a sense, an intuition, of knowing it’s finished.