During this period Roy began to investigate making images which were about drawing upon his inner world producing a rich body of paintings and drawings about childhood, adolescence, change and loss, the transitional space of play, and war. This gave him the opportunity to explore what it meant to be a male within the constraints and excesses of white, heterosexual masculinity. He was also concerned about the uneasiness that accompanied his recognition of his own emotional needs and experiences.
In the catalogue for an exhibition in 1995 by the Male Identity Group, of which he was a founder member, called ‘Men, a Space for Reflection’, he wrote: “In my paintings, which are concerned with representations of men, I combine images which originate within my own development from boyhood to manhood with references to a broader collective of male culture. I make use of gendered stereotypes as ‘actors’ with the purpose of exploring male subjectivity, emphasising particular aspects of interaction to evoke feelings of anxiety and ambiguity about established concepts of masculinity.”
The iconic nature of his work is pronounced in its aim to produce narrative images about the conjunction of inner experience and universal experience. Roy’s way of using a universal language to encapsulate narrative which avoids idiocyncratic detail allows for the viewer to both identify the essential aim of his work and to meet something recognisable in themselves.
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