More recently I have been reworking 'Masterpieces' as drawings, pursuing the debate about 'The gaze', objectification and sexuality. Inspired by the art people chose to have in their houses according to their sexuality - which gently contradicts the thin veil of respectability and intellectualism that is traditionally and historically attributed to the nude in art. Taking classical, and particularly prurient Victorian nudes, they have been subtly updated by taking glamour models and models from light homosexual porn magazines and interposing them with the original work of art, to offer an alternate view to the history of the male gaze and the denial of female and other sexuality.
Previously I had been working almost exclusively with flower imagery, drawing on the dark significance of their art historical symbolic meanings from the Northern Renaissance and Dutch Still Lifes in particular, to explore issues relating to and arising from contemporary culture, (the same visual language from which the ubiquitous contemporary skull is drawn). The feminine associations and connotations of the imagery is relevant to me with regard to the current problematic attitude towards beauty, and how that mutates our attitude towards love and loving in the modern day consumerist society and celebrity obsessed culture; observations informed by reading and research into developments in neuro science and how what we see, (and how we see it), affects us. In struggling with these issues the paintings become an exercise in the nature of mimesis, an exploration of symbolic materiality, a depiction of surface as insecure, changing, ageing, altered, manipulated, and to varying degrees artificial; subjectively beautiful or repellent.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2006 - MA Fine Art, Central St Martins, London
2012 - 'At the Ten Thousandth Sight', Howden Park Centre, Livingston
2012 - Solace and Torment, Brantwood, Ruskin's House, Coniston
2011 - Cornerhouse Projects, Cornerhouse, Manchester
2010 - 'Dreamland', Art Work Space Gallery, London
2010 - Untitled, The Green Room at the Customs House, South Shields, Newcastle.
2008 - 'Sex Love and Beauty', Customs House, Sandford Goudie Gallery, South Shields, Newcastle.
2014 - All Coherence gone?, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff
2013 - Dreams, Customs House, Sandford Goudie Gallery, South Shields, Newcastle.
2013 - What is drawing?, Customs House Arts Centre, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 1ES
2010 - Manchester Contemporary, Spinningfields, Manchester and Liverpool.
2010 - The Anthea Turner Prize, The Union Chapel Workshops, London
2009 - Art through nature, Kendal Museum, Cumbria
2007 - 'From Outside', six historic City of London Churches, London.
2006 - MA degree show, Central St Martins, London
2006 - 'Quick and dirty', Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London
2005 - 'Discord', Temporary/contemporary, London
2012 - Sheen, Private commission, Newcastle
2011 - Reveal, Individual Collector, USA
2011 - Three large paintings commissioned for collections, Corporate, London and Europe.
Competitions, prizes and awards
2007 - Celeste Art Prize (selected) , Goldsmiths college, London.
2009 - 20/21 Contemporary Art Fair , The Royal College of Art, London
2009 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2008 - AAF, Various venues, London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh,
2008 - Artists Book Fairs with the group AM Bruno, Manchester School of Art, and the WolstenholmeProjects., Manchester and Liverpool.
2007 - Torturecare.org charity auction, Building Design Centre, London.
2002 - Untitled, Prudential Insurance's Corporate Collection, London