My paintings are concerned with the medium of paint itself and the viewing experience of. As formal spatial experiments, they focus on challenging the two poles of surface and picture plane. Imagery redundant to rid any loading of meaning, this gives exclusive focus to the conversations between canvas and artist.
Using a specifically subtle and neutral colour pallet, relationships are built tonally. Layers of translucent and impasto oils, are continually applied and the paintings evolve slowly, naturally dictating their own progression as mark making becomes responsive.
With paint repeatedly applied to the surface only to be worked back into, what is to be left included in the final composition is as important as what is eliminated. Reductive mark-making plays a fundamental role, where ragging and stripping the paint away becomes as significant compositionally as specifically applied areas. Recently mark making has become more complex, fluid and intricate; but rather than decorative, this is a considered response in building spatial settings.
Often working in diptych and triptych formats, the introduction of panels can form a final and integral part to some works. Process painted, their making involves combing horizontally through a single hue of thick paint. A deliberate contrast, these frame to create a dialogue and bring the viewer back to the surface.
Amongst the set parameters of their making, each painting evolves to reach its own identity, layers revealing the history of its construction. It is arriving at the point between illusionistic depth and materialistic surface, that sees the completion of each work. Each finding and occupying the space between surface and picture plane, in offering a spatial setting that invites the viewer to look both into and at.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2005 - BA Hons, Fine Art Achieving 1st Class Honours, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2005 - Recent Paintings & Prints - August 12th to September 30th, North Street Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2007 - Group Exhibition, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2007 - On Your Wall, Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds
2006 - Art London (with Vertigo Gallery, London), Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
2006 - Group Exhibition & Auction, Bishopthorpe Palace, York
2006 - International Art Consultants Ltd/Art for Offices, Dock Street, London
2006 - New Paintings, The Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate
2006 - Northcote Gallery, Chelsea, London
2006 - The Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
2006 - Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2005 - Art Factory, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2004 - Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2003 - Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2003 - Yorkshire & Humberside Artists Show 2004, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
2003 - X-Site, Public Arts Headquarters, Wakefield
Competitions, prizes and awards
2006 - Celeste Art Prize, Shortlisted for Professional Artists Category by Goldsmiths College Curatorial Programme, The Well, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
2006 - DLA Piper Art Award - Shortlisted by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London