My work is an exploration of the ordinary and the everyday, an attempt to set apart and imbue those things that are inconsequential and mundane with an apparent significance by passing them through the filter of my own experiences. Whether it be through the means of oil paint on canvas, photography and video art or sound art and music, my work explores the line between objective observation and subjective manipulation and interpretation.
I am interested in the tensions inherent in contemporary life and seek to explore these by seeking out the quiet and unglamorous corners of the modern world for my image making purposes. A row of tatty garages, a low slung holiday chalet, a line of modest pensioner bungalows, humble subjects, devoid of the urgent appeal of more obvious locations, act as a visual, creative and intellectual foil for an exploration of contemporary notions of the self, identity, place and memory.
There is a continual interplay between my various artistic practices, with each area informing and acting on the next: visual art, sound art and music, the written and spoken word, operate both in unison and separately forming an interplay of ideas and stimuli.
My work explores the diachronic nature of memory and its relationship to narrative, seeking a deliberate collision between the mystical, esoteric tradition and the empirical tradition. Eschewing fixed narrative content, either through the use of titles as a prescriptive guide or, in the case of my films, an imposed sound track, be it musical or narrational, and set against the heightened colour and manipulated picture space, the work seeks to create a state of epistemic questioning.
These works are predicated on an interest in, and considerations on, recent discourse and theory in cognitive science and neuroscience, and the questions these fields have raised about the nature of self and memory moving forward. These discoveries, seen in the context of the shift from Hegelian historical meta-narratives to the primacy of theories of collective memory within the sphere of critical theory, arising from Halbwachs writings, to the considerations of Jürgen Habermas on the primacy of the everyday, raise interesting questions about both our interpretation and understanding of images and the veracity and reliability of memory and memory representations.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1989 - 2.1 Fine Art - Painting, Winchester School Of Art, Winchester
1988 - Erasmus Exchange Certificate, Barcelona University, Barcelona - Spain
1986 - Pre BA Certificate, Jacob Kramer, Leeds
2005 - Food, Phoenix Arts, Exeter
2004 - Doctors, Dotcoms and Superheroes, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln
1992 - Lent, City Art Gallery, Blackburn
1992 - Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds
1991 - Cookridge Street Gallery
1993 - Crossborders International Visual Arts Festival , The Boarse, Leeds
1992 - Fzkke. Germany, 2 persons
1992 - Rubicon Bridge, Manchester
1991 - Leeds Art Space Open Studios
1991 - Leeds Open, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
1990 - Cresent Art Gallery
1990 - Hephard W Pugh. Hampshire
1988 - Windsor and Newton Young Artist Award, The Mall Galleries, London
1989 - Winchester School Of Art Degree Show - Painting, Winchester School Of Art
2011 - Electronic Arts Revue, Croydon Arts Centre, Croydon
1992 - Artist Talk, Jacob Kramer College, Leeds
1989 - Between 1989 and 1994 I worked regularly in schools delivering workshops, Ages ranging from 4 - 18 years, across the UK
1992 - Artist Residency - Print and Painting, Selby High School, Selby, North Yorkshire
1992 - Long Term Artist Residency, Rawdon Primary School, Rawdon Leeds
1992 - Residency and Fzkke Gallery, Fzkke Gallery, Euskirchen, Euskirchen, Germany
2010 - Not Afternoon But Evening, White Label Music, Electronic Music record label
2008 - HealeyIsland - West Of Here Is West Of Here, White Label Music, Electronic Music album released
1993 - Cross Borders International Visual Arts Festival, The Boarse (and other venues), Leeds
1993 - Versus Magazine, Leeds University, Leeds
Competitions, prizes and awards
1993 - Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Individual Artist Award, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, Yorkshire
1992 - Princes Trust Award - Travel Grant "Go And See Award", The Princes Trust, London
1991 - Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Individual Artist Award, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, Yorkshire
1989 - Atlantida Travel Award, (Winchester School Of Art), Spain