Working primarily with acrylic, oils and photography, I am currently interested in urban environments and landscapes, which fail to meet our needs and reflect an inner geography of loss, dislocation and disorder.
Glimpses of disturbing realities slip in and out of our reading of the work alluding to the confusion of our lives. One minute we feel we have attained some certainty of who we are or where we are going, the next that certainty has gone and we are left floundering and spiritually empty again.
Desolate hotel rooms, tables in empty corridors, set for assignations which never come to fruition, and the empty promises of a longed for connection which never happens, are the issues I seek to explore in my work.
Concrete tower blocks, inhospitable alleyways and paths set our defences on edge at readiness for attack in the urban concrete jungle.
No sense of a community enjoyed by previous generations, only a bleak and lonely world where hope is thin and tenuous there is little to offer the individual but a felt sense of absence, vulnerability and isolation.
CV & Education
2006 MA Fine Art Norwich School of Art and Design
2002 BA Hons Fine Art 1st Class Norwich School of Art and Design
1991 BA Hons English and American Literature 2:1 UEA
2018 Wells Art Contemporary
2018 Sir John Hurt Art Prize
2017 Holt Festival Art Prize
2016 Art Gemini
2016 Contemporary Painters East, Freight Gallery Norwich
2015 Platform Open, Morphets Harrogate
2015 Holt festival Art Prize Show
2014 Holt Festival Art Prize Show
2009-2014 setup & ran a business which left no time for painting
2009 Art 18/21 Norwich, Letters Home
2009 Harewood House Leeds, Home Truths
2008 Kettle’s Yard open
2008 Norwich castle Open
2007 Eyestorm Gallery Ipswich
2007 Atkinson Gallery Millfield Somerset
2006 Axis Gallery Urban Spaces: the ideal, real and obsolete
2006 Norwich School Art & Design MA Show
2005 Martin Last Gallery Zurich
2005 The Cut Halesworth Suffolk
2005 Roar Gallery Norwich
2005 The Art of Love Oxo Tower London
2004 The Fringe at The Factory Norwich
2004 Salthouse Norfolk
2003 The Fringe at The Factory Norwich
2010 Theatre Royal Norwich
2008 Horace Blue Gallery Norwich
2007 Tricycle Gallery London
2008 Baskerville House Birmingham for Target Follow
2007 Madeira HPB
2005 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
2003 short-listed Bloomberg New Contemporaries