The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, bridges, or an isolated building…structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time. My approach is reductive: removing superfluous elements, concentrating on the physicality of edges and boundaries often in contrast to the veiled, shifting white light of the north. I make drawings of remembered details seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography or more studied compositions. My paintings contrast intentional marks with random scratches, washes of paint with fine layers of plaster, gesso or card. Focusing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in it’s own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if…
CV & Education
2002 BA (Hons) Visual Art and Design (First) Bolton Institute.
1987 HND Building Technology, Bolton Institute.
2016 Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist
2012 John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (first round)
Columbia Road Gallery, London
Cold Press Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Artwave west, Dorset
2016 Cold Pess gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2015 Travelling Light, Quercus Gallry, Bath
2011 Still Here at greenroom, Manchester curated by Blank Media collective.
2010 Measured Space at Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton. North Yorks.
2009 Sightlines at Salford Museum & Art Gallery including curation of works from Salford’s permanent collection
Opening Exhibition The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
Buy Art Fair, Manchester, represented by Staithes Studios
Open Exhibition, The Old Station Gallery, Rowsley, Derbyshire
Responses in Colour Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset
Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist, Emporium Gallery, Staffordshire
A Certain Language Staithes Studios gallery, North Yorkshire
Drawn 2015 The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
The Still Point Quercus Gallery, Bath
Bristol Affordable Art Fair represented by Columbia Road Gallery
Quercus Gallery Summer Show
Hampstead Affordable Art Fair
neo:artprize, neo:artists, Bolton
Battersea Affordable Art Fair
New York City Affordable Art Fair
Artlink Stockport Art Galley, Cheshire
Artificial Light Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
A Different View, The Barefoot Gallery, Boston Spa, Yorkshire
No.1: Paint BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester
Wirksworth Festival Art Trails
Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield
Stockport Contemporary Open, Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire
Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London
Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester: represented by Arts&Business
Art of Ideas II: Arts & Business/Arts Council exhibition selected by Stephen Snoddy, Director of Walsall Gallery
Findings: Valley Artists Towneley Museum & Gallery, Burnley
Survey gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
Brighton Art Fair
Haworth Museum & Gallery, Accrington (solo)
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
Figura Gallery, Windsor.
Tony Scrivener & Susan Laughton Firbob & Peacock Contemporary Art, Knutsford, Cheshire.
Brighton Art Fair
Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
Troubadour Gallery, Chorlton, Manchester
Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.
Haworth Open, Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire.
Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London
Landmarks III Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria
2005 Sculptural Possibilities Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
2006 Arts Council Grant.
2008 Valley of Stone: art commission and community workshop with five Valley Artists for Groundwork Pennine Lancashire with Heritage Lottery funding to raise awareness of the quarrying heritage of Rossendale.
Electric Picture House Artists Co-operative, Congleton, Cheshire 2011 -
Victoria Mill Arts Centre, Congleton, Cheshire 2010 - 2011
Valley Artists, Rossendale, Lancashire 2004 - 2010