“And a thing is not seen because it is visible – on the contrary it is visible because it is seen.” Plato, Euthyphro.
Painting, which is profoundly and ultimately about seeing, can make things visible.
I make paintings inspired by people's everyday lives in the urban space of cities.
The paintings arise out of my own visual experience.
They have an international dimension of travel and migration.
I am interested in the social use of public spaces. I think of the street as a place where people display themselves, engaged in what Jonathan Raban in his book Soft City called “the hazardous but necessary urban art of self-projection”.
The paintings could be said to bring an intimist sensibility to the depiction of public space.
I am not seeking to discover or expose elements of life that are extra-ordinary or remarkable. On the contrary I want to reveal the beauty of what is ordinary and everyday, to oppose a tendency of images in all media to sensationalise or glamorize.
I try to respect the people in the paintings and imaginatively inhabit their lives.
In the present political climate, the paintings are each an act of resistance.
I generally use my own snapshot photos as source for paintings and reflect on these in the studio to find which ones have paintings in them.
In all painting, there is a gap somewhere between what is depicted and how it’s depicted. I am fascinated by this gap.
I usually paint on the floor or on a table for small paintings, horizontally, with a liquid paint.
There is no preliminary drawing. The photograph does the drawing for me and leaves me free to let the paint do the work.
When I paint I try to respond to what happens in the painting, as much as I try to control the paint.
I often make paintings in series, devoted to a theme or place or subject, which re-enforce each other and add up to more than the individual images, when shown together as a group.
Making a series gives me a run at it rather than thinking that there’s one painting that has to have it all in it. It’s a real stimulus when I have a show ahead of me, to think I can make a whole set of work that will all somehow speak and come together and work together.
I also curate exhibitions. My interest is as an artist-curator, exploring the practice of painters whose work shares concerns with my own.
CV & Education
Solo & two person exhibitions
2020 - In the Heart of The Place, (with Madi Acharya-Baskerville), Crypt Gallery, Norwich School
2019 - Urban People, DMH Stallard, London
2018 - In Deptford, Deptford Does Art, London
2016 - The Market Paintings, Menier Gallery, London
2014 - A Place to Live, Peacock Gallery, Reading
2014 - Life in the City, Freespace and New Space Galleries, London
2012 - A Place to Live, Dreamspace Gallery, London
2011 - A Place to Live, Paul McPherson Gallery, Greenwich, London
2007 - Casa de Cultura, El Campello, Alicante, Spain
2007 - Liceo de San Juan, San Juan, Alicante, Spain
2007 - Sala de Exposiciones, Villa de Blanca, , Blanca, Murcia, Spain
2005 - Wigs and Chips, Tara Bryan Gallery, London
1999 - Els Castellers, Galeria Groc, Barcelona, Spain and touring in Catalunya
1999 - Galerie Daniel Wahrenburger, Zurich, Switzerland
1996 - Family Snaps, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn, UK
1992 - Chappel Galleries, Colchester, UK
2020 - The Art of Painting, Copeland Project Space, London
2019 - Creekside Open (selected by Sacha Craddock), APT Gallery, London
2019 - Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2019 - This Instead of That (co-curated with Alexandra Baraitser), ArtHouse1, London
2018 - This Instead of That (curated by Alexandra Baraitser), Lewisham Art House, London
2018 - Tetris Hang (curated by Simon Haddock), Family.Housespace, London
2018 - In The City (curated by Trevor Burgess), East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts & Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich
2018 - Inner and Outer Worlds (co-curated with Marguerite Horner), Bermondsey Project Space, London
2017 - XIV Encounter of Artists, Espacio El Dorado, Fondacion Amelia Moreno, Quintenar, Spain
2016 - Beauty in the Everyday, Cavaliero Finn, London
2016 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2016 - Dulwich Festival, Cavaliero Finn, London
2016 - Works on Paper, Lovely Gallery, London
2016 - Jane Newbery Gallery, London
2015 - Life Between Buildings, Spinach, London
2015 - A London Painters Survey 2015, Artists Project Space, London
2015 - Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
2015 - The Exhibit, Balham, London
2015 - Open CueB 2015, CueB Gallery, London
2014 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2014 - In the City, Lion and Lamb, London
2014- Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London
2013 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2013-15 - Developing Artists, Devonshires, London
2013 - Open cueB 2013, cueB Gallery, London
2012 - Affordable Art Fair, Cavaliero Finn, Battersea, London
2012 - Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London
2012 - Winter Show, Cavaliero Finn, London
2011 - Group Exhibition, StArt Space, London
2011 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, Prizewinner
2011 - The London Group, The Cello Factory , Waterloo, London
2010 - Captured, Catmose Arts Gallery, Oakham, Rutland,
2010 - Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London
2010 - Open Studios Guest Artist, APT Studios, Deptford, London
2009 - Ars Artis Gratia, Rivington Gallery, London
2009 - Creekside Open 2009, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2006 - Chocolate Factory Open Studios, Chocolate Factory, Wood Green, London
2006 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2005 - Group exhibition, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - Open Studios Guest Artist, Chocolate Factory, London
2002 - Open Studios, Guest Artist, Chocolate Factory, London
2001 - 7 Painters and 1 Self, The Dockroom, London
1998 - Centro Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain
1998 - Cheltenham Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Art and tour to Hull, UK and Berlin, Germany
1998 - Galerie Daniel Wahrenburger, Zurich, Switzerland
1997 - New Visions, Broad Horizons, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh
1997- Artbook, London
1996 - Kettles Yard Open, Kettles Yard, Cambridge
1996 - Private Views, works from Norfolk collections selected by John Kiki, Contact Gallery, Norwich
1996 - Sofia 96 Triennial International Exhibition of painting, Art Gallery of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria
1996 - Wholesale site specific art project, Norwich
1995 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre
1995 - The way we live now, Gardener Arts Centre, Brighton
1994 - Andrew Usiskin Contemporary Art, London
1994 - Rexel Derwent Drawing Competition, Cheltenham and Gloucester School of Art
1993 - Castle Art Show, Castle Museum, Norwich
1993 - Unicorn Pictures, London
1990 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre
1988 - Constable Landscape Competition, Camden Arts Centre, London
1988 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre
2015 - Private commission for triptych painting of Granary Square, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2011 - Regional Artists Prize, South East, The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2006 - Creative Growth Award, Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA), London
1997 - Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Award
1996 - Artists Development Grant, Eastern Arts Board, Cambridge