My work is largely improvisational, but thematically it tends to revolve around different ways of imagining the human - bearing in mind, in fact relishing, the inbuilt absurdity of such a task - attempting to capture something of the way the world, art and the psyche interact with and modify one another. I'm interested in the various strategies by which human beings reveal and conceal, appropriate and abandon aspects of identity, creating systems and patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour which are continually being broken into by other systems and patterns.
'Self' and 'other', object and subject are in an endless state of flow and interchange and always vulnerable to irruptions (sometimes blindly destructive) of desire and fantasy. The challenge for me is to find ways of depicting these kinds of process, retaining something of the energy and surprise inherent in them.
CV & Education
2014 Boxing the Chimera, Swansea Collection Centre, Wales, UK
Paybox, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales, UK
2013 Pantechnichon, ArcadeCardiff, Cardiff, UK
2011 Shield Project: Aberystwyth Ysgol Gelf/School of Art, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University
2010 Shield Project:
- The Workshop Gallery, The Old Library, Cardiff
- Material Gallery, Ludlow
2009 Poesy, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
2006 Bodywork, The Art Shop Gallery, Abergavenny
2004 Pieces, The Art Shop Gallery, Abergavenny
Selected recent group exhibitions/events
2016 GPS Signal Lost, The [...] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales,
Nonarchy. Un Deg Un, Wrexham, Wales
Concentric. West Wharfe Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2015 Concentric. M.A.D.E. Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Tales we tell, Un Deg Un, Wrexham, Wales
2014 beep 2014: Wales International Painting Prize: Portrait of the artist as...
From Here and There: drawings from Swansea to Colorado. Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado, USA and Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2013 Portfolio Wales launch and exhibition, Swansea,
Ludlow Open, The Harley Centre, Ludlow
Welsh Artist of the Year, St. David's Hall Cardiff
Locus, Crickhowell Open Studios and Art Trail, Powys.
Female Frame IV, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Flintshire.
2012 Beep 2012: Wales' International Painting Prize: Through Tomorrow's Eyes
Dinefwr Literary Festival, Literature Wales, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
a monstrous regiment of women, Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Mid Glamorgan
2011 Imagined Machines, Testbed, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys
Frederick J Fredericks, Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve, Powys
Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod Wrecsam
Sublinear, Elysium Gallery, Swansea.
Citizen, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff.
Female Frame (3), Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff
Artemisia, St. David's Hall, Hayes, Cardiff,
2010 Arts Engine Alive - Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon, Powys
After the End, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
Shield tour: - Oriel Contemporary Art, Hay on Wye. Joint show with Stuart MacIndoe Female Frame (2), Pontardawe Arts Centre
2009 Encounters, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, as part of Swansea Fringe Festival
Wood, Canvas, Steel, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
Wrecsam Print International 2009, Oriel Wrexham, Wrexham
Overview, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2008 Works on Paper, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2007 Alumni Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth
Intaglio, St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Artist's Access to Art College exhibition at Hereford College of Art
Female Frame (1) The Art Shop, Abergavenny
2006 Re-generation, County Hall, London
Drawing is a Verb, Drawing is a Noun, Stone Gallery, Dublin
2016 Arts Council Wales Project Grant: Binocular
A-N Professional Development Bursary
2015 Arts Alive Wales Creative Network mini-fund.
2013 Arts Council Wales: Research and Development Grant Boxing the Chimera,
Artist Newsletter re:view bursary. https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/review-boxing-the-chimera
2010 Arts Council Wales: Research and Development Grant - The Orpheus Project
2009 Funding award from 'cyfle i greu chance to create' Powys County Council’s Arts Development Service
2006/7 Selected for the Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme (hosted by Hereford College of Art and Design)
2016 Seeing Through Landscape. Workshop in response to David Jones: Vision and Memory, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, UK 2014 Artist talk and BFA student critiques, Fort Collins University and BFA Student critiques, Denver University, USA
Of Orpheus: Film, Poetry and Music, with Steve Boyland, Lyndon Davies, Scott Thurston, Rhys Trimble, Nancy Downing, Bangor, Wales
The Art Factor - PORTFOLIO with Arts Alive Wales, Powys, Wales
2013 Inner art: Workshop in response to 'Art in the Asylum' Lakeside Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park, Nottingham, UK
Orpheus and Eurydice Event (23.3.13) Glasfryn Seminars, Wales.
2012 - 16 University Wales Newport. Art Psychotherapy. Visiting lecturer.
2012 In-and-between Colloquium, (3.5.12) Atrium, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK 'Critical friend' and panel presentation.
Essex University Centre for Myth Studies. Joint presentation on the Orpheus Project with poet, Lyndon Davies. Essex, UK
2011 Interfaces: encounters beyond the page / screen / stage. (29.1.11) University of Exeter, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Devon, UK. Multi-media panel presentation with poet, Lyndon Davies for Orpheus Project.
Art and Art therapy: University of Glamorgan (22.3.11) Visiting lecturer, Wales.
2010 Myth, Literature and the Unconscious (2 - 4.9.10) University of Essex, Centre for Myth studies:Dept. literature, Film and theatre studies: Centre for Psychoanalytic studies, Essex UK. Multi-media panel presentation with poet Lyndon Davies for Orpheus Project.
2015 Cover image to Peregrine by Caroline Goodwin, Finishing Line Press
2013 Artworks in Rarely Pretty Reasonable by David Greenslade, Dark Windows Press
2012 Cover image, International Journal Jungian Studies
Artworks in TRADUZIONETRADIZIONE 7 Editor Claudia Azzola
2010 Illustrations for SHIELD by Lyndon Davies, Parthian Books
2008 Cover image for HYPHASIS by Lyndon Davies, Parthian Books
1984 PGCE Art Education and Diploma Art Therapy, Birmingham Polytechnic
1982 BA Hons - Visual Arts/Art History, Aberystwyth University
1978 Wakefield Polytechnic Foundation Course