My childhood on the Isle of Wight inspired me to work from the elemental landscape and world around me as a very free, direct and natural way of open learning and enquiry and I grew up influenced by the painter David Bomberg and his sense of approaching nature through drawing as a tool to establish a poetry of 'form' as an interconnected reality.
I was born in London from a mixed ancestry typical of the Whitechapel area of the East End with its sucessive diasporas of religious, refugee and industrial workers, over a very long period of time and in recent years this transgenerational and cultural knowledge has become an important focus in terms of nature and place, change and regeneration, for me.
I am interested in the co poiesis of painting - and its ecological conditions, as a mark and/or form of individual,collective ,timeless and a communicable production. My paintings evolve in connection to places that generate intuitive associations and responses and my larger canvases suggest their form through a process of continual application,erasure, excavation and layering. Smaller works on paper develop alongside these larger works, often suggesting related thematic, etymological, symbolic or mythological subjectivites. I work abstractly with the gathering and collecting of information through drawing and journals. I read widely and occasionally esoterically - I have paintings in public, private and NHS collections.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 1999 - Post Grad Diploma Fine Art , UWE , Bristol 1997 - BA Hons Degree/Fine Art, Bower Ashton UWE , Bristol Solo exhibitions 2013 - Anthologies, Jardines, Wivenhoe, Essex 2012 - Paintings, Art at the Heart, Bath Royal United Hospital 2008 - Exhibition of smaller works, Schoolhouse Gallery Morvah , Cornwall 2007 - 'Eventually I went to live across the sea' [Monsoons -Neruda], Quay Arts , Isle of Wight 2007 - Mythological Paintings , Northcote House Gallery, University of Exeter 2006 - Oviedo Paintings, Shires Yard, Bath 1994 - Paintings, Veale Wasborough, Bristol Group exhibitions 2012 - Harbour 21, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol 2012 - Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2011 - Open studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2010 - Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2008 - Open studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2006 - Exhibition paintings, Brownston Gallery , Modbury, Devon 2005 - Small Originals, Gallery 22, Ashburton, Devon 2004 - On the Wall, Olympia, London 2002 - Paintings, Spanish Barn , Torquay, Devon Residencies 2009 - Residency, Mertola , Portugal Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - Oppenheim - John Downes , Trust Awards, London 2008 - Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust, Artist Trust, London 2006 - Oppenhiem John Downes Award, Artist Trust, London Publications 2011 - Public Catalogue Foundation [in collection listing] Other 2013 - [Return] Research visit , Convento Sao Francisco/Mertola, Portugal 2011 - EAJC grant award , shortlisted for grant to exhibit 'A Sephardic Journey', Museu Casa Guerra Junquiera , Porto, Portugal 2010 - Chora - paintings/studies , Alverton Gallery, Penzance 2010 - On-going development and integration of Portuguese collaboration and residency work, Top Floor Studio,Spike Island, Bristol 2009 - artist collaborations , Porto, Lisbon, Mertola, Portugal 2006 - Romanticism,Environment,Crisis conference., University of Wales, Aberystwyth - Exhibition, Olympus Gallery, Dimbola Lodge ,Freshwater, Isle of Wight : Jan 21st 2017 - 17th April 2017 .