Although non-figurative in nature, much of my work references long-held interests in the natural and geographical sciences and, to some extent, archaeology. Travel is, without doubt, a key driver and my paintings are often informed by memories (sometimes involving narratives) of specific locations in the UK and abroad. I am particularly interested in methods of depiction that prompt connections between the internal abstract language of a work of art and our store of prior perceptual and emotional experiences. I work mainly in encaustic, a very physical and fluid process that tolerates trial, error and change, creates complex surface qualities and allows each work to establish its identity in unexpected ways. As part of this process, I often employ a kind of painterly collage whereby layers of paint are excavated and then re-embedded, often being moved between paintings, to create marks and motifs that not only have a sense of their own displacement but also hint at other identities. My methodology can shift from quite careful planning and execution to more intuitive action that responds to the ebb and flow of the studio day. In this respect I have always liked the notion of the artist as prospector as it suggests a speculative approach that is guided and informed as much by intuition and chance as it is by knowledge and planning.
CV & Education
Education: Royal College of Art: Brighton Polytechnic: Canterbury School of Art: Cheltenham College of Art: Radnorshire County Grammar
Career: Until 2009, a full-time academic having held Professorships at the University for the Creative Arts and Canterbury Christ Church University. A successful career in Further and Higher education but too little painting done. Resigned in 2009 to re-engage with full-time creative practice. Still undertaking advisory work for specialist art institutions.
Incidents and Accidents - Keynes College, University of Kent : Nov 2015 Jan 2016
Paintings @15 - Harbough Street, Whitstable
New Paintings - Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells: March 2014'
Deeson Design Group Gallery:July/Aug 2012
'Paintings 2011' Creek Creative Gallery:Dec 2011
New Paintings' Creek Creative Gallery:Dec 2010
National Open - Royal College of Art, October 2015
SEEArt Fair - Tunbridge Wells - June 2015
Thomson, Snell and Passmore - Head Office, Tunbridge Wells May - 2015
Hayward & Rumble - Creek Gallery, Faversasham - December 2013
Little Wonder - Sarah O'Kane, Contemporary Fine Art, Lewes - December 2013
Kaleidoscope - Great Bower Gallery, Molash - October/November 2013
Mixed Show - Caxton Gallery, Whitstable - August - October 2013
Hayward & Dolan - Harbour Arm Gallery, Margate - May 2013
Water-based Work - Beach Creative Gallery, Herne Bay - Nov/Dec 2012
Abode - Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham - April 2012
The Thinking Line - The Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury - March 2012
National Art Open - Chichester Festival Gallery - Dec 2011
Caxton Gallery Whitstable - May 2011
No 1 Smithery Gallery - Historic Dockyard, Chatham - Dec 2010