I was born in Shropshire and graduated from Newcastle University in 1996 with a degree in fine art, after specialising in mixed media painting. Since that time I’ve continued to paint part-time while working within art education, firstly in the Midlands and then in the South West where I’m currently based. However, I now work full-time as a professional artist, exploring themes within my painting in greater depth.
My subjects include the rural beauty of the landscape around me in England and Wales, the exploration of the natural world at a microscopic, cellular level and the expressionist qualities within portraiture.
Through the process of painting, I seek to find a balance between shapes, patterns, textures and colours and in doing so, I approach my work in two different ways. I either start with the random application of colours and marks; building up layers of textures from which shapes and compositions emerge, or I begin with a more realistic rendering of a subject or place; drawing with paint. I also try to emphasise draughtsmanship within my work, exploring the relationship between the drawn image and the abstract mark.
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May 2019. 2 Group exhibitions with Bristol Reactions Project. Showing work from collaborations between Bristol artists and scientists.
April – June 2019 Group show with Tribe Aisthetica at the Malago, Bristol.
Feb – June 2019. Fill that Space group exhibition, Leigh Court, Bristol.
March/April 2019. Leading portrait workshops with Tribe Aisthetica in Bristol.
Feb 28th – March 2nd 2019. Bath Art fair. Artist stand. Bath Pavilions.
Feb 2019 – March 2019. Creates Gallery Monmouth. 3 pieces accepted for emerging artists open exhibition.
Nov. 2018. Southville Art Centre, Bristol. Solo show in corridor Gallery.
Oct. 2018.Winner of Art Battle Bristol heat.
Sept.- Aug. 2018. Two pieces accepted into the “Visions of Science” exhibition at the Edge Gallery in Bath.
Aug. 2018. 3 paintings accepted into Clifton Art Club Open Exhibition. Bristol.
June – Aug. 2018. Solo Exhibition at the Pomegranate Cafe in Keynsham.
July 2018. Ilminster Open Exhibition group Show.
May 2018. Collaborative project with Keynsham ArtSpace on the Minerva Owls project in Bath.
May 2018. A2 Gallery, Wells. Representation of several pieces of my organic abstract pieces within their collection.
May 2018. Bath Art Fair. Personal artist stand.
May 2018. Southbank Arts trail. Southville Center.
April – June 2018. Clifton Art Club Exhibition. Group show at Steak of the Art Bristol.
March 2018. Solo exhibition at Bristol Folk House Cafe.
Nov. – Dec. 2017. Keynsham ArtSpace Pop up Shop and Exhibition.
Nov. 2017. Totterdown Art Fair. Exhibiting with Tribe Aeisthetica.
“Equinox” group exhibition at the Malago on North Street, Bristol with Tribe Aeisthetica.
Autumn 2017. Preselected for RWA Open Exhibition.
Southbank Arts Trail, Bristol.
Work shown in two venues during the course of the two-day event.
2010 – 2016
Southbank Art Trail, Bristol.
A showcase of work produced by the school where I worked, incorporating my own paintings.
1998 – 2017
Working within art education with students from 11-to-18 in Coventry, Bath and Bristol, through which I have gained a wealth of skills and widespread knowledge of contemporary and historical art practice. I also have experience of facilitating workshops and extended projects with groups of between five and fifty people, as well as organising practical and historical visits nationwide and coordinating and overseeing small and large art exhibitions in my local area.
Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney Common, London.
Work selected for their summer exhibition.
Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Tyne & Wear
Joint two-person show.
Vauxhall Showrooms, Shrewsbury
Large landscape installed on premises for permanent display.