My subject matter is mostly figurative, I am naturally drawn to imagery from the past, and use archive film and photographs for sources. The activity of choosing imagery and selecting composition is key to the final outcome.
Looking back into our recent past is an act of remembering and nostalgic mis-remembering, with photographs becoming the memory which constructs stories about ourselves.
I am also drawn to the times gone past which seem less self conscious, more free and full of what we were becoming.
Key themes are innocence, freedom, friendship, connection and family. Sometimes these are shot through with threat or questions of roles – the notions of gender and the dynamics of power.
New Workshop Event
Painting from Vintage Photographs
Saturday 5th February 10-4
Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, East Sussex
Click here for info and booking
UPCOMING: Exhibiting at Cameron Contemporary, Hove March 5th-20th 2022
This show is a two person exhibition alongside abstract artist Jane Campling
I am excited to show my new work in this prestigious Hove Gallery and hope you can visit.
The show will be accompanied by a catalogue and a new area of my website.
If you would like to come to the private view please make sure you are signed up to my mailing list (form at the bottom of this page)- I’d love to meet you!
Artists & Illustrators Magazine
6 Page Feature in February's issue
Britains most popular art magazine are doing a feature on my work this February (Aprils issue confusingly!)
If you are interested, its worth taking up their subscription offer in January .
Find out more here.
Portrait Artist of the Year
Appearing on Episode 5 - November 10th 8pm
I am on Series 8, episode 5 of Portrait Artist of the Year (aired 10th November 2021)
Yes you have Sky Arts channel if you live in the UK as it is now on Freeview!
My blog about the experience is here
'Self Defence' Accepted for National Drawing Exhibition
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will launch with the Awards Announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London on Wednesday 29 September 2021 prior to touring to venues within the UK.
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 at Drawing Projects UK from 8 January to 5 March 2022.
Drawing Projects UK
10 Stallard Street
– check the website for details.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will include 101 drawings by 89 artists selected by Sheela Gowda, Artist, Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at National Galleries Scotland, and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London.
My Drawing ‘Self Defence’ has been selected as part of this exhibition.
Interview with Laura Ryan for Draw Brighton
As part of their spotlight on the Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize
Laura asks me about my drawing , using photo references and the issue of quick work vs slow work.
Watch the 20 minute interview here