My work is primarily concerned with process - building translucent glazes of paint until an illusion of light and depth are achieved. The process involves the application of multiple (up to 40 or more) thin glazes of acrylic paint and gloss medium. Each layer is dragged, pulled or manipulated with various implements - the process being repeated layer upon layer until the final painting begins to emerge. Arrived at by both chance and deliberation, the final painting reveals varying chromatic strata, which can be seen through the translucence and depth of the work. These are paintings which draw the viewer beneath the surface to give some experience of their making - both revealing and concealing the history of the painting process. The paintings are set within a distinct formal compositional framework. Although the horizontal division creates allusions to landscape, this is primarily a device to heighten the dynamic, contrast, tension and intensity of the painting. I aim to make paintings which are luminous, seductive, sensual and atmospheric. I am fascinated in how the raw materials innate to the medium can be turned into something poetic - an object filled with light, feeling, atmosphere and emotion.
CV & Education
Selected Solo Exhibitions (since 2000)
2017 - Resonance, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. Reflection, The & Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 - MS Galerie, Morges, Switzerland
2015 - Reflex, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. Pulse, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2013 - Echoes, Sarah Myerscough Gallery. Chromatic Visions, Edinburgh Art Festival / Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Paintings, & Collective, Bridge of Allan.
2012 - Contrapuntal, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2011 - Fugue, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London. New Paintings, An Talla Solais, Ullapool
2010 - New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2009 - Liquid Light, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2007 - Paintings, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh
2006 - Counterpoint, Atticsalt, Edinburgh. Recent Paintings, MAC, Birmingham
2005 - Counterpart (with Andrew Mackenzie), Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London. Paintings, An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye.
2004 - Interface, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2003 - Paintings (with Eoghann MacColl), Oriel Capsule, Cardiff
2002 - Paintings, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2001 - Paintings, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
2000 - Aalborg Trienalle, Aalborg, Denmark
2000 - Paintings, The Loft Gallery, Glasgow
Selected Group Exhibitions (since 2000)
2015 - 'the seed of its opposite', Curated by Jai Llewellyn, Glasgow Kelvin College. 'Summershow', Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2014 - Re-Define, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, USA. Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France. London Art Fair, London
2013 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Paper Planes (curated by Andrew Mackenzie), Stow Arts Festival. Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris. Society of Scottish Artists Annual
2012 - Black and White, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2011 - Perception, The Dovecot, Edinburgh
2010 - Abstract Matters, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Affordable Art Fair, New York. RSA New Works, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2009 - Strata, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh. Strata, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2008 - Shared Ground, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada.
2007 - Equinox, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.
2010 - RSA Residency, An Talla Solais, Ullapool
2007 - Returning Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland
2003 - Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland
2000 - Artist in residence, Aalborg Trienalle, Aalborg, Denmark.
Competitions, Prizes and Awards
2010 - RSA Residencies for Scotland Award, Royal Scottish Academy
2009 - Visual Arts Award, City of Edinburgh Council
2008 - Creative Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2004 - Hope Scott Trust Award
2003 - EVAAC Award, City of Edinburgh Council. Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2002 - Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2001 - British Council Grant
2000 - EVAAC Award, City of Edinburgh Council. The Arts Trust of Scotland Award.