Joel Apps explores what it is that makes individual places recognisable, special and unique, whilst adding what he refers to simply as his ‘own interpretation’ to the landscapes. He creates his work by taking multiple photographs, combining them digitally and creating flat collages of sometimes slightly altered views, and other times surreally interacting layers, of the same place. Apps considers himself to be an outsider artist; outsider artists view the world from a distinctive perspective due to disability or disadvantage.
Apps had a stroke when he was just a few months old and this disability motivates his interest in visual language and gives him a strong determination to find new ways of expressing himself.
Apps has exhibited in Silverhill Studios (his first solo exhibition) in September 2016, St Leonards-on-Sea as part of the Coastal Currents/Root 1066 Festival, and PhotoHastings 2016.
Apps’ work Another Hastings 1 was exhibited in 2014-15 Tight Modern, a national touring exhibition of outsider art, winning first prize in the Tight Modern Public Vote.