Working in a spirit of playful improvisation I make oil paintings on paper and canvas. My work is primarily process led and non-representational, and makes reference to the history of abstract painting. The paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which are informed by an eclectic range of sources, including memory, imagination, music, travel, things observed, thoughts and events.
The pace of the work interests me; working on several paintings at once, the work develops its own rhythm – some are worked over many months or even years, others surprise me with the suddenness of their completion.
At times the paintings are reminiscent of something which is just out of reach, and there’s an awkwardness which might be to do with the juxtaposition of colour or the composition or the feelings of uncertainty which permeate the making of the work. Ultimately I continue to paint because the act of painting continues to challenge, delight, surprise, frustrate and excite me.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2008 - MA Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK 1990 - B.Ed (Hons) Art, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol, UK Solo Exhibitions 2014 'Los azulejos - a tale that can't be told', Exeter Phoenix. Group exhibitions 2020 Linden Hall Studio, Winter Group Show, Deal, Kent; 2020 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Willis Museum Basingstoke, 2021 Mall Galleries, London; 2020 Contemporary Painters 2020, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol; Creekside Open 2019, London, selected by Brian Griffiths; 'Unity in Diversity. Bristol & Tbilisi: 1988 -2018' Tbilisi History Museum, Tblisi, Georgia; 2018 Pavilion of Painting, Fringe Arts Bath, 2018 The Bath Open Art Prize, Fringe Arts, Bath, 2018 Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol 2017 'Mixing Signals', Kobi and Teal, Frome, Somerset 2017 ‘Pay and Display’, Centrespace, Bristol 2016 164 RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, Black Swan Arts Open 2016, Frome, 2015 RWA 163 Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, 2015 'Love and Death', Walcot Chapel, Bath, 2015 -Lynn Painter-Stainers, The Mall Galleries, London, 2014 - Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset , 2014 -162 RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, 2014 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London. Invited artist. 2014 - 'Paint like you mean it' (catalogue), Interview Room 11, Edinburgh, 2013 - 'Tumbleweed', Searchers Contemporary, Bristol, 2013 - 'What is art to an artist?', Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, 2012 - 'Objects of Desire', Centrespace Gallery, Bristol 2012 - 'Objects of Desire', The Searchers Contemporary, Bristol 2011 - 'No.1: Paint', Blank Media Collective, Manchester 2009 - 6 at the Octagon, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath 2009 - MA and Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset 2009 - Spike Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2008 - Bath Spa Masters Interim Exhbition, Bath Spa University, Bath 2008 - Spike Island Open Studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2007 - Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 2005 - 'Sketch', Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - Fringe MK Painting Prize 2010 (catalogue), Fringe Milton Keynes - online catalogue, facebook - Fringe MK 2000 - Autumn Exhibition Prizewinner, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol