My core practice is painting, which evolves into performance, photography and installation.
‘English Gothic ‘ is my current project, combining English 18th–21st century motifs including; historical landscape painting, architecture, classic monsters of movies and the Ford Escort van. The series explores shifting markers of progress and dereliction in our landscape, relating to depictions in art history in sometimes surreal and fantastical scenarios. Imagery is sourced from art history and horror film books, the internet and urban commuting. Some of the references are personal. The van was one my Dad drove to work in the 1980's.
An ongoing series of human fly characters was originally based on a still from a much cherished monsters of the movies book I was given for Christmas as a teenager. The fictional narratives set up within the work are open to interpretations, with a tonal sensibility ranging from the melancholy to the absurd.
CV & Education
2018 English Gothic I, Artefact, Stirchley, Birmingham
2016 The Black Rainbow, Showcase Galley, Jubilee Trade Centre, Birmingham
2015 Stage. mac birmingham
2014 After the Flood. Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
2012 A Short Night in Tableau Yellow. Terrace Gallery, Birmingham
2008 A Face with No Name. Solihull Arts Complex
2006 Different Parts The Works Gallery, Birmingham
2002 The Curse of the Fly Open Hand Open Space, Reading
Collaborations & 2 person projects (selected)
2018 Don’t be Afraid with Nita Newman for Collaborasaurus curated by Alex Billingham for Vivid
2015 Zero Hours Performance with David Miller for 7 Disorderly Dramas Selfridges, Birmingham
2013 Babelling with David Miller and Ian Andrews for Sluice art fair, London,
2012 Verses in Glutteridge. With Cathy Wade. Winterreise, Minerva Works, Birmingham
2012 Nap-kin. Performance with David Miller at the Vaults, Jewelry Quarter
2007 Solitary Natures, with Matthew Krishanu, Lewisham Arthouse, London
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2017 The Future at The Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art
Contemporary Masters from Britain 5 museum touring show in China
Anything goes? Art Bermondsey Project Space
2016 Paper Cuts Transition Gallery, London
Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts Centre, Isle of White
2015 Salon 2015. New Art West Midlands. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in China
Gothic. Birmingham Library
New Art West Midlands Art Anuale Article Gallery School of Art BCU
2014 Beep 2014: Wales International Contemporary Painting Prize. Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2012-13 Marmite IV Painting Prize. Touring: London, Glasgow, Cambridge, Plymouth
2012 Diamond Armour. Article Gallery. School of Art, BCU. Curated by Mona Casey
West Midlands Open. Wolverhamton Museum and Art Gallery. Prize Winner
Nottingham Castle Open. Prize winner
Rotate, with Eastside Projects & Grand Union. Contemporary Art Society, London
2011 Painting Show. Eastside Projects. Curated by Sophie Von Helerman & Gavin Wade
2010 Sing Silent Songs. Trove, Old Science Museum, Birmingham
2008 The Mausoleum for the Memory of the Lost Object, Iniva, London
Insectoid (with aas) Shorditch Town Hall, London
The Celeste Art Prize, London, shortlisted.
New Generation Arts:The New Gatehouse Show: The Bond, Birmingham
The Quatermass Code, Bloc Space, Sheffield.
Opposed to the Devotion of Pleasure, Open hand Open Space, Reading
2005 A Stranger comes to Town…City Gallery, Leicester
Sketch 05, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre & Seven Seven Gallery, London
2004-05 The Jerwood Drawing Prize. National touring exhibition.
2018 Real Fabrications; Alex Billingham, Arma Agharta & Ethothen Stearn at Stryx, Bham
2017 Little Monsters, Showcase Gallery, Birmingham
2014 Monster Club. A Grant for the Arts
2010 A site of no special interest. Solihull Arts Complex, with Arlene Burnett
2009 The Endless Descent, with Cathy Wade. Rea Studios
2008 The Secret Garden,(with Arlene Burnett and Leon Trimble.)
2006 The 18th Storey. (with Arlene Burnett) Haddon Tower, Lee bank, Birmingham.
2005 A Confidentiality Clause
2015 Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts: Stage, solo exhibition, mac birmingham
2014 ACE. A Grant for the Arts: Monster Club, curated exhibition, The Works.
2012 Winner Photography Prize. West Midlands Open
2011 Prize winner. Nottingham Castle Open
2006 Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts, Different Parts, A solo exhibition, The Works
2006 Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts, The 18th Storey: The Haddon Tower Project
2004 Emma Phipps. Bequest. Student Prize for MA study
2003 Arts and Humanities Research Bursary for MA study
2017 Contemporary Masters from Britain ISBN-10: 1543281621
2015 Stage mac birmingham solo exhibition catalogue ISBN 9781907796180
2012 The 4th Marmite Prize For Painting Exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-905659-10-4
Frieze Magazine. Issue 146. Review of Painting Show at Eastside Projects. (image)
2009 Cultivate: developing the visual arts market in the West Midlands
The Priseman Seabrook collection
Jiangsu Museum of Art, China, permanent collection.
Art UK (online)
2007-18 Birmingham City University, School of Art. Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art
2012-17 Loughborough University School of the Arts. Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art
2016-17 Solihull College. Visiting lecturer BA Fine Art
2016 – present. Contemporary British Painting.