The prominent aspect of my work is the process of making it. I deal with limitation, restriction and repetition and the variations of marks and medium within these restrains. Restricting myself to only certain materials and a strict, repetitive mark-making action, I control the painfully slow progression of the surfaces.
The subject of the work is limitation, restriction and repetition.
The mark is a horizontal line, the most direct I know.
The substrate is paper and Irish linen.
Any binders are limited to oil and cold wax.
Materials are restricted to ivory black pigment, graphite and charcoal.
The physical process is monotonous, repetitive movement of making lines by bending over paper laid flat, and drawing the line or moving my paint mixtures across the surface again and again, over and over.
The idea is gemination: ”No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus of Ephesus
CV & Education
I was born in St. Andrews, Scotland in 1965. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting in 1987, followed in 1988 by a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting, both from Edinburgh College of Art. I worked in the capital city until 1996, moved to Barcelona, Spain, and completed an M.A. in Contemporary European Fine Art with Winchester School of Art. From 1999 to 2017 I lived in the town of Harstad, Northern Norway and after 18 years of professional practice there, I moved to live and work in Montejaque in the Sierra de Libar area, Andalusia, Spain and Fife, Scotland.
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
Surface Work. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway
Represented by Society of Scottish Artists
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant, Oslo, Norway
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway
Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin ‘98, Hull ‘99
Group Show, Can Felipa, Poble Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Naval Church, Rosyth, Scotland
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London
Norwegian State Material Grant, Oslo, Norway, 2008
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway, 2004
Norwegian State Material Grant, Norway, 2002
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London, UK 1996
Clifton College of Art Residency, Bristol, UK, 1996
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy, 1994
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rosyth, Scotland, 1993
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1993
EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS
Chairman of Board for Foundation Sierra de Libar, Spain. 2014 - 2019
Board Member for Creative Development Project, Innovasjon Norge, Norway. 2013 - 2017
Delegate Board Member, Sparebank1 Nord Norge (Savings Bank) Art Foundation, Norway, 2012 - 2016
Board Member, Harstad Regional Chamber of Commerce, Norway. 2006 - 2009
Board Member, Kunskapsparken Nord (Knowledge Park North), Norway. 2006 - 2008
Board Member/Art Consultant/Curator for Bø i Vesterålen Hospital, Straumen, Norway, 2004 - 2006
Board Member Nordnorske Billende Kunstnere (Professional Artists Union), Norway, 2001 - 2006.
Board Member, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts Northern Norway), Norway, 2003 - 2008
Member of Advisory Board, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2006
Curator ILIOS Festivalen (Anual Festival of Contemporary Music), Harstad, Norway, 2001
Gallery of Northern Norway | Galleri NordNorge, Norway.
I developed the gallery’s profile to support and promote regional artists and nurture relationships with art galleries and museums, such as The Norwegian National Gallery in Oslo and The Northern Norwegian Museum of Art in Tromsø.
FOUNDER of A:RT GYMSAL A.S.
In November 2004 I bought a Grade 1 Listed military gymnasium for my studio. The building was almost 12 000 ft2 so I decided to expand the project to include space for other artists. I built a glass construction inside with 10 studios , which I rented to creative practitioners. It was a unique creative and economic project built on generosity and synergy that occurs when creative people join to support and make opportunities for each other.
Master of Arts in Contemporary European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Sep 1997 - Jul 1998
Post Graduate Diploma in Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Sep 1987 - Sep 1988
Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Sep 1983 - Jul 1987