My work sustains itself through the core activity of painting, a self-generating practice where the research and the making not only run parallel but converge and coalesce. I am interested in the nature of pictorial representation and how painting, as a medium, practice and philosophy, has the capacity to refer to both its own materiality and to the illusory space depicted. Narrative is not of primary concern, the paintings do not exist or function to be read and interpreted. The paintings are containers for a collection of marks, stains, patches and lumps; their arrangement on the surface should suggest a territory of speculation, history, process and chance.
The paintings vary from representation towards pure abstraction and present a continually shifting pictorial language. Objects and forms are suggested and these visual motifs act as pictorial anchors, providing a stability and recognition within the picture plane.
As a practising artist and independent curator, I am actively engaged in the critical discourse of contemporary painting and have curated several exhibitions that focus on the discipline of painting. In 2013 I co-founded Interview Room 11 (IR11), an artist-run contemporary gallery and project space in Edinburgh. I am currently a member of the gallery committee and also a co-director. In 2014, I organised Paint Like You Mean It, an international painting prize and exhibition of shortlisted works and an accompanying catalogue publication.
I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a First Class BA Honours in Painting and in 2011 with a Masters of Fine Art in Painting with Distinction. In 2009 I was awarded George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize for outstanding painting and in 2013 a visual arts grant by Edinburgh City Council.
Recent exhibitions include: Through Tomorrow's Eyes at Volcano229, Swansea; Beyond the Frame at The Park Gallery, Falkirk; No. 1:Paint at Blankspace, Manchester, Candid Berlin at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin in Berlin and Salontology at Embassy, Edinburgh. In 2015, I will feature in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2011 Master of Fine Art in Painting with Distinction, Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
2009 Bachelor of Arts in Painting: First Class, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2015 We've Met Before Haven't We? Bargain Spot Project Space, Edinburgh
2015 No Ground, Andrew Grant Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
2015 Curious Artefacts, The Art Wall, Athens
2015 Supermarket, Stockholm
2015 Salontology, Embassy, Edinburgh
2013 WarmUp, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
2012 BEEP: Through Tomorrow's Eyes, Volcano@229, Swansea, Wales
2012 Candid Berlin, Institut der Kunste Berlin , Berlin, Germany
2012 Candid Members Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London
2012 Houses, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh
2012 The Making Of It, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh
2011 Beyond the Frame, The Park Gallery, Falkirk
2011 Bi-degrees, Arts Complex, Edinburgh 2011 - Eleven: Printworks, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Jungle City, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
2011 No. 1: Paint, Blankspace, Manchester, England
2011 Scratching the Surface , Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 VortexWall, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh
2010 #, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2010 QuoteMarks, Arts Complex, Edinburgh
2009 Young Contemporaries, Eastwood Park Gallery, Giffnock, Glasgow
2008 Null/Void, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2007 Works On Paper, Chessel Gallery, Edinburgh
Competitions, prizes and awards
2013 Visual Arts Award, Edinburgh City Council
2012 Shortlisted for BEEP Wales International Contemporary Painting Prize 2012, Elysium Gallery/Volcano@229, Swansea, Wales
2011 Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2009 George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize for Outstanding Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2015 Turps Art School, London
2011 Steven Campbell Masterclass with Bruce McLean, Steven Campbell Trust, Whitespace, Edinburgh Projects
2011 Elephant Family's Jungle City Project - Charity Art Project, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh