Painting and drawing forms part of an engagement with landscape and objects, experiences of contemplation and concentration, moving through, inside and outside. I try to balance process and image, surface and space, light and time. I work with oil paints, resins and waxes on wooden panels and pencil, charcoal and graphite powder on paper. Making my own gesso ground, experimenting with different recipes and consistencies, begins a rhythmic process of layering, building a luminous surface that continues within and through the painting. I use drawing to explore what I see through touch and mark-making, so it is both cognitive and sensory. Sometimes photography, like the paintings, is used to explore mutability and transience within a still image. I am influenced by post-minimalist aesthetics, botanical drawing, still life, radical abstraction, and periods in Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics where there has been a refinement to simple and reductive elements. Specific influences include Peter Saenredam, J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, Paul Cezanne, Giorgio Morandi, Gwen John, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Rudolf de Crignis, Antonio Tabucchi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gaston Bachelard.
News & Events
10/09/2015 – 10/10/2015
PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ
PS Mirabel Open Exhibition 2015 Private View: Thursday 10 September 2015, 6 - 9pm
PS Mirabel Open Exhibition 2015: Shelf Life
Two drawings from my Surface / Drawing series have been accepted for inclusion in PS Mirabel's open exhibition, Shelf Life.
Lines for Agnes
01/09/2015 – 30/10/2015
The Crypt, St. Marylebone Parish Church
9 contemporary painters in dialogue with Agnes Martin: an exhibition curated by Ruth Philo and Terry Greene in association with Contemporary British Painting | Private View 1 Sep 2015, 6 - 8 pm
Painted Surface: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
01/08/2015 – 15/08/2015
Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Excited to be showing 'Celadon' in this juried exhibition of contemporary painters from across the world, "featuring works that expand the definition of painting". PV: 31st July 6-9PM
Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge - Private View
Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Leeds LS2 8PH
One intervention: nineteen artists. Join us for a private view of artist and writer, Sharon Kivland's publications and work produced for her Library Intervention at Leeds College of Art in 2014.
Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge
13/04/2015 – 12/06/2015
Leeds College of Art Library (Vernon Street)
A display of work created in response to Sharon Kivland's Library Intervention in 2014. The work of 18 artists will be shown with Sharon's work from the library's special collection of artists' books.
Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You
25/03/2015 – 29/03/2015
East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, St. Mary's Lane, LS9 7EH
A postcard exhibition which is part of Curio-sea-ty, a project exploring human relationships with the sea, curated by Hondartza Fraga and Lorna Barrowclough.
Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You
19/12/2014 – 21/12/2014
Poca Gallery, Calle de Abatxolo N°5-Izquierda (Lonja), Portugalete 48920, Bizkaia
Group exhibition of images exploring human relationships with the sea. The works on show will be postcards printed from digital images.
Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland
Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AQ.
5 - 7pm. A report on knowledge from Sharon and her elective agents with readings, performance, a film and library tours. Refreshments will also be provided.
Graham Head: The TEXT cupboard within the house of IMAGE
Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Vernon Street, Leeds, LS2 8PH
The first in a series of informal conversational events based around the ambivalent interrelation of IMAGE & TEXT. 9 - 4pm. Please ring 0113 2028094 for more details.
Same But Different Art Fair
12/04/2014 – 13/04/2014
Temple Newsam Walled Gardens, Leeds
Over 80 artists showing inside the beautiful walled gardens of Temple Newsam. I will exhibit a collection of recent pencil drawings of shells, flowers, fields, fossils and other favourite objects.