My work draws on a variety of sources, from observing bird plumage with compositions derived from bird tallies whilst walking, to referencing the text of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ first published in 1899. Conrad used descriptive colour throughout his novel and my monochrome paintings based on the text, seek to visualize this. Conrad’s writing draws attention to aspects of the African continent, its people, landscape, and pervading feelings at the time as part of Europe’s colonial past. Drawn to read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as part of a body of research focusing on ‘black’, exploring black through motifs of birds, their iridescent colours, the use of black pigments and then cultural interpretations of ‘black’ which include racial prejudice, lead to Conrad’s work. Struck by just how much colour his writings referenced throughout the narrative, I developed this small series.
My most recent paintings are made working on gesso prepared surfaces. I use thin glazes of oil prepared pigments, to build up layers of colour, creating a luminosity of surface. The subtly of colour requires close viewing and cannot to be fully appreciated through reproduction. The colours reveal themselves through time spent looking.
Working with stained glass, I am working with coloured light which is what lead me to using this traditional craft. I have been making leaded lights on and off over a period of twenty five years. I am able to make works to commission and am happy to take enquiries. Please contact me via email: email@example.com or telephone: 07411712774
CV & Education
Academic and Professional Qualifications
2003 MA in Printmaking, Bradford College of Art, Bradford Grade: Merit
1993 PGCE Secondary Art & Design, Bretton Hall College, (University of Leeds) Grade: Pass
1981 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Winchester Grade: 2:1
1978 Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Medway College of Design Grade: Pass
Recent Relevant Employment Experience
2009-2016 Joint Head of School, Bradford School of Art, Bradford College
2006-2009 Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art and senior lecturer in printmaking and PGCE Senior Lecturer for Secondary Art & Design Education, School of Art & Design, University of Cumbria, Lancashire
2004-2006 Teaching Fellow , Course Leader PGCE Art & Design (Secondary) University of Leeds, Education Faculty.
1997-2006 Art & Design Class Teacher, Skipton Girls High School, North Yorkshire
September 2017 'colours edge' Solo show Space Gallery, Folkestone Part of the Folkestone Triennial Fringe programme
2017 'colour code' Group show, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
2017 'telling in full' Group show, Lancaster Words Festival, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
2016 'to please a few' Group show, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
2016 '153rd Open' Group show, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow
2016 ‘Least Legible’ Solo exhibition, David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge
2015 ‘In Light of the Monochrome’ Group exhibition curated by Heather Boxall, The Dye House Gallery, Bradford. Contributing artists’ included David Batchelor, Jane Harris, John Hilliard, Pip Dickens, Estelle Thompson.
2014 ‘MA 21st Anniversary Exhibition’ Group Show Dene Clough Galleries, Halifax
2013 ‘Ludlow Open’ Group show, Ludlow
2013 ‘Paint Club’ Group show, Beaconsfield, London
2013 ‘War’ Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford
2013 ‘Colour as Material’ Group Show, Fafa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2012 ‘Sense of Place’ Group show 123 Gallery, Halifax
2011 ‘Centenary Art Exhibition’ Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford
2010 ‘Workers Playtime’ Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford
2008 ‘An Exhibition of Paintings’ Joint show with Mike Walker, Alexandra Gallery, Lanacaster
2008 ‘Broken Pieces’ Farfieldmill, Sedburgh
2008 ‘Outside the Glass’ Words by the Water Literature Festival. Keswick
2007 ‘Lime Press’ Open Studio, Hebden Bridge
2004 ‘Walking, A Creative Journey’ Solo show, South Square Gallery, Bradford
2004 ‘Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition’ Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
Recent Conferences and symposia
2016 Delegate ‘Reflections on the work of Albert Hunt / Within the Art School and Without’
March 2016. Bradford School of Arts, Northern Centre for Research into Art and Material Culture
2015 Presentation of paper ‘The Monochrome, an Introduction’ at symposium ’In light of the monochrome’ March 2015. Bradford School of Arts and Media. Publication of ‘In Light of the Monochrome’ exhibition catalogue.
2014 Delegate Arts Research symposia Northumbria University, Newcastle
2013 Delegate ‘Aspects of Colour-Albers Revisited’ International symposia, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Presentated paper Why are crows Black? at ‘Aspects of Colour’ symposia, Northumbria
2013 Delegate ‘War’ conference, hosted by the Imperial War Museum, Nataional Media
Museum, Bradford, and Bradford School of Arts & Media.