I am fascinated by a number of subjects (including geology, exploration, cartography, astronomy and cosmology)and these form the backbone of an ongoing project (working title ‘Existence is Doubted’) which hovers in between science fact and science fiction. Influenced by writers and theologians such as Baudrillard, Ballard, Eco and Borges (amongst others) I attempt to reflect these interests and ideologies through paintings, drawings, photographs, digital sculptures and animation. Images and structures which resemble utopian/dystopian landscapes and environments, evolve through constant cycles of manipulation and repetition, with the outcome being an ongoing narrative that is subject to its own mythology and attempts to question the idea of what is real and what is not. Recent work has focused primarily on space exploration and in particular the search for exo-planets and moons in other star systems and the wonder and infinite possibilities they bring.
“..The truth is we want to have a world that is not totally known and that has the capacity to surprise us. As our information sources improve and become ever more complete, the need to create and conjure new places that are definitely off the map also grows.” ‘Off the Map- Lost spaces, invisible cities, forgotten islands, feral places and what they tell us about the world’. By Alastair Bonnett. Aurum Press ltd 2014
CV & Education
POST - GRADUATE EDUCATION - LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY 2005
M.A Art and Design Studio Practice.
HIGHER EDUCATION- LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY 2000
B.A Honours Degree: Fine Art Painting.
Nov, Animated short ‘Approach’ to be screened, Autumn program, The UMW Media Wall, Mary Washington University, Virginia.U.S
Oct, Animated short ‘Quadrillion’ selected for ‘ArtGene’ Digital U-Hang commission program ‘Extreme Views : Part 2
July-Aug ‘Moon@50’ Group Show at Ilkely Manor, Yorks.
July, ‘Cosmos’,with Lumen Studios,Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford.
July, ‘Hang Out’ Bankley Studios, Pop up show for Manifest 2019,Manchester..
Apr,’Micro’ , Group Show, AIR Gallery, Altrincham,Trafford
Dec, ‘Monitor’, Group Show, AIR Gallery, Altrincham,Trafford
Dec, ‘Wigan Open Art Exhibition’, Group Show, The Old Courts, Wigan.
Jul-Aug, ‘Twice as Nice’, Group Show, PS Mirabel,Manchester
May, Cosmic Perspectives (curated by ‘Lumen’),Group Show, Ugly Duck,London
December, Lumen Gallery Exhibition, Bankley Gallery, Levenshulme,Manchester
May-GM Art Prize, Manchester Chamber of Commerce ,Shortlisted for works 'View 1(The Facilty) 'and 'View2 (The Facility)'
Sep- The Elbow Room Art Prize, Shortlisted for work 'Point'
June- Spectrum, PS Mirabel, Manchester
May - Process, Bankley Studios, Levenshulme, Manchester
May- joined Bankley Studios co-operative
Feb-Mar, Solo Exhibition, Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester
Sept-Oct, Group Show Altrincham College of Art, Altrincham.
April-May, Group Show, Cheshire Open Art Studios, Marburae Gallery, Macclesfield, Prize Winner - Gallery Choice Award (Red Cabin) and Visitors Choice Award (la Tour Sombre).
March-Apr. Solo Exhibition, Chapel Gallery Showcases, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancs.
Jan-Feb, Solo Exhibition, Bollington Arts Centre, Bollington, Cheshire
Jul-Sept, Group Show, ‘Desire Lines’, Art Lounge, New Mills.
Jul-Sept, Group Show, West Lancs. Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
Nov- present ,Group Show, New Revolve Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancs
Sept-Nov, Solo Exhibition, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancs.
Jun-Sept, Group Show, West Lancs. Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
May, Group Show, Open Exhibition, Victoria Mill Art Centre, Congleton, Cheshire.
May – June, Solo Exhibition, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Jan – May, Group Show, Waterside Open , Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Trafford, Manchester.
Dec – Jan 2010, Joint Exhibition (Gareth Kemp), Cornerhouse, Manchester.
Dec – Jan 2010 , Joint Exhibition (John Ellis), Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester.
April – Group Show, Revolve Gallery Showcase, G casino, Manchester and Revolve/Mooch gallery, The Triangle, Manchester.
May – July, Group Show, Grosvenor Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
May - Group Show, ‘On Your Wall Too’, Leeds Metropolitan University Art Gallery, Leeds.
July - Group Show, ‘Up and Coming’, C.U.C, Liverpool.
Sept. - Nov, Group Show, Sefton Open, Atkinson Gallery, Southport.
Nov. - Dec, Group Show, Autumn Exhibition (organised by 'Trafford Arts Network' and 'Creative Industries'), Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester.
Dec, Group Show, ‘Christmas Presence’, Bridewell Studios, Liverpool.
May – June, Joint Exhibition (with Philip Worth) ‘The Red Gallery’, Kingston upon Hull.
May – June, Group Show, ‘You Are Here’, Kitchen Gallery, Norton Priory, Cheshire.
October- Dec, Joint Exhibition (with Morris Riley), ‘Altered Scapes’, ’The Blyth Gallery’ Manchester.
Mar – June, Solo Exhibition, Artefact, F.A.C.T, Liverpool.
Sep- Nov , Solo Exhibition, Altrincham College of Art, Timperley, Altrincham.
Nov- Jan 2007, Group Exhibition, ‘Winter Blues’, Eggspace, Egg Cafe, Liverpool.
April – June, Group Show Grosvenor Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
Nov – Dec, Group Show ‘New Art and Design 3’, Exposure Gallery, Swansea.
Nov – Dec, Group Show ‘Colony - All at once, together, at the same time’, Colony Gallery, Regent Street, Birmingham.