Tweny’s work is characterised by an exaggerated use of black ink and his subject matter leaves vivid impressions with his audiences.
He does not make use of subtext, but rather overtly throws the essence of his work in the forefront for all to see. This work centres around the lovely futility of attempting to find meaning in a tangled existence. He frequently depicts subjects experiencing extreme emotions, which he likens to capturing the expressions of someone going through un-anesthetized surgery. The use of only black and white is used to heighten the feeling of violence, coldness, and desolation in the human condition. Tweny, rather than focusing on peoples’ “higher needs”, focuses on the fundamental internal existential crisis he observes in all humanity.
His use of blacks and white negative space give the illusion of his subjects being frozen in space and time. This serves to accentuate the emotional message therein. A body’s tension as it convulses and ultimately crumbles becomes the epicentre of the image; there is nowhere for the viewer to look but straight into the abyss he has depicted.