Paint has always been the hero, from being allowed to experiment with leftovers in the garage while at school, the alchemy of mixing, pouring and rubbing away has made the paint and the process of painting integral to my creative expression.
In 1994 after my degree (and before I was lucky enough to live full time as an artist) I worked in London as a project manager for a graphic design agency. I think this creative environment was an important step in my studio work as I began to ‘contain’ this painterly approach within graphic lines and compositions. At the time I was painting figures from life drawing with very bright primary colours.
Like many painters before me moving to Cornwall in 2000 was a fundamental moment in my work. Seeing a horizon after being in London for 7 years and living by the sea after years of longing I felt like id come home. Cornwall offered me a subject matter of a weathered atmospheric landscape created through the elements adding and taking away. This physicality and unpredictability of what is left behind were exactly what I enjoyed most in the painting process. During this period I created abstract work concerning myself with the textures, atmospheres and poetic resonance of my new home.
Returning to the studio full time after having a family and living in South Africa, I needed to reconsider my abstract expressionist response to the Cornish landscape. Painting and exhibiting outside of Cornwall, and indeed the UK and Europe, allowed me to experiment and develop in the context of completely new aesthetic considerations.
This current direction of my work builds upon these experiments but using more figurative compositions. Previous work has been solely abstract, developed intuitively within a process of layering and scraping away, resulting in more subtle atmospheric references to a general coastal landscape. But these new paintings see more predetermined compositions referencing specific motifs of the north Cornish landscape around my studio. The process of re-layering and taking away is then used to ‘destroy’, distort or encompass the motif to reflect the imprint of something that you see every day.
Paint as matter continues to be my hero; the expression of painting itself will always be at the forefront of my work, however I see these representational elements as another way to explore its foundations and limits.
2000-03 MA Painting, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall
1991-94 BA Hons Fine Art, Ruskin School, Oxford University
2015 "Cornwall Untitled " Solo show, Badcocks Gallery and Beside the Wave Primrose Hill, London
2015 Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2014 Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2014 Hilton Fine Art Gallery, Bath
2013 ‘Coast Matter’ Heseltine Gallery, Truro
2010 NSA Double Vision, Exchange Gallery, Penzance
2007-09 Micheal Obert Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 ‘Sun, Aloe, Rain’ Solo show, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2006 Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2005 NSA at Thompsons The City Gallery, London
NSA critics choice, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Solo show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Elected member Of Newlyn Society of Artists
Miami Art Fair, Florida, USA
2004 Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
Solo and mixed shows, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2003 Residency and solo exhibition, Perth International Arts Festival, Kidogo Arthouse, Perth, Australia
Goldfish Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
Solo and mixed shows, Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Cornwall
Shortlisted for ROSL scholarship
2002 Bishop Philpotts Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
Northcote Road Gallery, London
2001 Winter Exhibition, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Exeter, Devon
Solo exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Devon
Northcote Road Gallery, London
2000 Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London
1999 Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London
Euroart, Berlin, Germany
Works held in private and hotel collections across Europe, Middle East, Japan, Australia and Africa.