I am an artist, writer and curator with over thirty years experience of contemporary art production, curation and writing. Most recently my research falls into two distinct though interrelated activities original artworks and commentaries on contemporary work. There are three strands to the origination of artworks.
Current work is focused on digital photographic means to explore landscape and environmental concerns through an on-going interest in painting.
New paintings focus on the area around my home in North West Leicestershire and draw upon similar interests to earlier work, a selection of which comprised a solo show at Harrington Mill in November 2008 and participation in the Ostrale 09, Dresden, Germany in summer 2009.
Other recent visual research concerns series of works. LIrelande Del Sud and the current Le Pays Minervois, play with collage, digitisation, and a mimesis. These projects question painting and photography in the context of place and memory. LIrelande Del Sud was exhibited at the University of Derby in 2003. Works from 'Le Pays Minervois' were shown in 'Digitalis' curated by the artist John Rimmer at the Sekler National Museum, Romania in spring 2008. Another body of similar work, Simple As Breathing was exhibited at The Art Planning Room in Toyko, Japan in 2006 and at Deda, Derby in 2008. This uses a similar process of drawing, collage, photographed and digitally manipulated imagery.
Work drawn from all the above was exhibited in a large solo show (un) Shore Lines that opened at the Centro de Arte in San Joao, Portugal in 2005.
Recent curatorial work includes 'Through A Glass Lightly' to be shown at the GoCart Gallery, Visby, Sweden in summer 2011. Previous work included a season of exhibitions exploring the connections between contemporary painting practice and the digital in the Ex Libris Gallery, Derby (2005/06) including works by Sarah Key, Thomas Hylander, John Rimmer and Edward Rennie. An exhibition with catalogue accompanied the Conference What Happened Here summer 2005. Catalogue introductions have recently included Sfumato by David Morris and Curiosity by Richard Sadler.
Qualifications and training
- 2010 Masters in Photography, De Montfort University, Leicester
- 1974 Master of Fine Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham. United Kingdom
- 2011 From The Earth Wealth, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derby
- 2008 New Paintings, Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton Nottingham
- 2005 (un) Shore Lines, Centro de Arte de S. Joao da Medeira, San Joao da Madeira, Portugal
- 2012 Ostrale 012, Ostrahage, Dresden
- 2010 Supermarket 2010, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
- 2006 Simple As Breathing, Art Planning Room, Toyko, Japan