Scraped out road markings on tarmac, pylons reaching up into the sky in the middle of a wide open field, the constant stream of information and imagery we are subjected to, our connection with nature and the world we have created for ourselves apart from it – these are some of the things that inform Pettengell’s practice.
Pettengell finds himself constantly confounded by the way we live in the modern world, our acceptance of the structure’s we live within and the chaos we choose to ignore.
Growing up in the 21st century, an age where previously unshakeable belief systems have been shattered and existentialism is rampant, Pettengell aims to pull apart and re-examine the information age. Having never known life without the internet, he sees value in painting as a means of slowing down and reflecting. In a time where the value of the image has been diminished and commercialised, he believes that a painting can hold something indescribable within it.