I am drawn to the structural imagery my environment and to the common patterns (or metapatterns) present in both the natural and man-made world. I began making sculptures during the 1980s whilst photographing the demolition of the steelworks environment within my home town of Consett in County Durham. As a volunteer working for a local photographic archive I was able to gain access to the demolition site and as a consequence my attentions were drawn to the numerous redundant industrial structures that littered the landscape. They were mostly architectural and geometric, pipes, cooling towers and machinery but over the years these memories have evolved to from many of the visual elements of my sculptures. I use lines and curves to build geometric forms and sequences. Simple parts that relate to each other can multiply, join and combine to create familiar structures and symmetries. I’m interested in the object as a whole, with a distinct identity but I’m also interested in the relationship of one object to another and the binary conditions reflecting my own physical and conscious makeup.
I’m fascinated by the contrasts and relationships between geometric and organic forms and the tensions between an awareness of my surroundings and my self-consciousness as the designer and physical maker with my own patterns and restrictions. For me, making sculpture an on-going dialectic that recognizes and responds to these dualistic elements but it’s also a recognition that my observation are not independent from my own physical and mental nature.
CV & Education
1989 MA Fine Art, Manchester Polytechnic
1988 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Polytechnic
2016 Elected as a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors MRBS
2004 Highs & Lows, Commissioned By Nottinghamshire County Council for Rufford Park.
2001 Musical Chair, Millbrook Community School, Southampton
1999 Upwardly Mobile, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art & Crafts Gallery , Eastleigh
1996 Conjugation, Prizewinner of the Eighth Millfield Sculpture Commission.
1994 Alcan Sculpture Commission Featured on BBC1 ‘Blue Peter’ 26th January ‘94
1992 Speaking Volumes, Commissioned by Trafford Park Printers Ltd.
1998 Model World, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University
1997 Space Invaders, Durham DLI Museum and Art Gallery
1996 Outer Limits, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley, Lancashire
1996 Star Struck, Glass Box Gallery, University College, Salford
2015 Marshwood Arts Award, Bridport, Dorset
2015 Lyme Regis Artsfest, The Malthouse, Town Mill
2013 Void Open, Hoxton Arches, London
2009 Art in the Garden, The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
2003 Art Outside Savil Gardens, Windsor