Artist Biography

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Training and Statement

 

2010 - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield UK

2004 - Master of Arts by Research, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield UK

2001 - Bachelor of Art, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield UK

 

I initially trained and worked as a Civil Engineer where the communication of ideas through drawings was an essential ingredient of the profession. The work also demanded an engagement with the materials, topography and usages of the landscape. I developed an interest in art while at university in Glasgow and for a number of years attended evening and day courses at colleges in London.These courses focused mainly on drawing and introduced me to such concerns as pictorial structure and the use of different graphic marks.

Full-time attendance at art college meant that I could develop a keen interest in the pictorial representation of landscape such that my art practice, developed through both the BA and the work carried out in my practice-based MA and PhD research, has allowed me to explore a landscape aesthetic other than that of the simply pictorial.

My work has been influenced by the industrial, social and agricultural activities that occur in a particular geographically and geologically defined landscape in South East England and how these have impacted on the landscape.

Recent work has concentrated on the experience of walking in various landscapes and is influenced by readings of the landscape writer Robert Macfarlane and the social anthropologist Tim Ingold amongst others. Artists whose work has influenced me include Klimt, Monet, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombley, Richard Long, and the graphic work of Van Gogh.

I am presently producing a series of etched steel plates together with a series of screen prints that represent the experience of an urban walk, from Euston to Holborn, through a number of London Squares.

 

Exhibitions

 

Solo exhibitions

 

2004 - MA work, Fovea Gallery, West Harrow London

2001 - Landscape works, Palace Theatre Green Room, Watford, Hertfordshire

 

Group exhibitions

2016 - Landmarks exhibition, espacio gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London.

2016 - Translation exhibition espacio gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London.

2013 – Open exhibition, onechurchstreet gallery, Great Missenden.

2013 – DRN conference, Loughborough University, video drawing.

2012 – Open Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2012 – Drawing exhibition, Frost Gallery, Miami, USA

2011 – Open exhibition, onechurchstreet gallery, Great Missenden.

2008 - Poster Exhibit at DRN conference, Loughborough University

2008 - Poster Exhibit at SSAHRI conference, University of Hertfordshire

2006 - Drawing Quarters at The University of the West of England

2005 - Drawing Quarters at The University of the West of England

2004 - 'Fluent Gestures', Pearl Street Gallery, New York, USA

2004 - MA by Research, Joint Exhibition, UH Galleries, Hatfield

2003 - Joint Exhibition, Space Gallery, Letchworth, Herts

2002 – Open exhibition, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Bedford Row, London

2001 – Group exhibition, R.K.Burt Gallery, Union Street, London

2000 - Hertfordshire Open Studios

1999 – Group exhibition, Jersey Galleries, Osterley Park, West London