As part of the emerging counter-culture of the early 1960s, Noel Dyrenforth was eagerly seeking an alternative to the conventional art processes. He found it in batik. Batik had little or no artistic legacy in the West, which liberated him from the constraints of content, style and practice. Equally he found in batik a means to resolve the historic dichotomy of art versus craft. Since those heady days of discovery his passion has continued to infuse his creativity. The spirit of the work is underpinned by the discipline of the essential technique. Integrity and sensibilities are constantly being reappraised to enrich the expression. He has never been complacent about batik, constantly exploring it for his own intuitive, creative ends; interrogating its methods, concepts and challenges. Rules are broken, re-defined; risks are taken. The recurring themes in Dyrenforth’s work are about the cutting forces in society – aware that we live in an increasingly fractious society. The system is encroaching upon our liberties, undermining our democracy day by day without us realising it.