I have made art for 40+ years. My main motivation is autobiographical, and I use archival sources and the notion of palimpsest. The style is light, humorous, teasing, flippant, making comments on ageing, sensory loss, being an unsuccessful artist etc. The result is: messages and meanings are overlaid and often obscured. There is re-writing, re-telling, re-making, shifting perceptions of self. New fragments, truth, myth, make us question what we know and what we think is happening. I see it all as a prolonged performance, full of mis-cues, tragi-comedy, entrances and exits.
My recent activities dip into aspects of my interests since I started thinking of myself as a professional artist. The physical outputs are in book format, video, and interactive motion-sensitive audio pieces, as well as two-dimensional work.
CV & Education
1994 - Recent Paintings, Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
1987 - Imaginary Landscapes, Paintings by Colin Ainsworth, Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea
2011 - Life Journeys, Bishop's Art Prize 2011, St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich
2008 - Norfolk Painters, Norwich Caste Museum, Norwich
1998 - A Penny For Your Thoughts, Penny School Gallery, Kingston upon Thames
1990 - Changing Landscapes, Buxton Museum, Buxton, Derbyshire
1975 - Tate Games, Tate Gallery, Millbank, London