I am a visual artist, based in the UK. I have exhibited in the UK, USA ,Switzerland, Slovakia, Ireland, Italy, India and China, and I have work in private collections in around the world.

 My work observes modern day society and explores through painting, the complex relationships, transient nature and purpose of random moving figurative groups and their interaction with the space around them.  Examining and incorporating the effects of current social conditions, creates a narrative within the work and by expressing a personal response to co-occupying the space often communicates a common sense of displacement, a question of belonging and relevance within our shared urban environments. 

My process originates from drawing, photographic and observational studies of large public spaces where there is a continual sense of movement within the urban landscape.  These studies enable me to abstract the essence of emotion, form, space and colour for the paintings.
Painterly mark making and a limited colour pallet helps evoke a further suggestion of mood and place, encouraging the viewer to personally explore and interpret the painting.

 

Biography                            Born in the UK 

                                          Represented by  Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Ireland

                                                                  Hope Gallery, Batley, Yorkshire, UK

                                                                  Great Banyan Art Co., New Delhi, India

 

Oct-Nov 2013                       Full invited artist residency at Da Wang Cultural Highland, Shenzhen, China
June 2012-7                         Higher Diploma Fine Art Painting (OCA / University of the Creative Arts, UK)
June 2011                             Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Bath College, Bath, UK / UAL ​(Distinction)

​Sept 2011-14                         Life art lessons under artist Alex Zwalen (www,alexzwalen.ch)​

Sept 2006-11                        Life art lessons under artist Jackie Harding (www.jackieharding.com)

2004-2006                          OCN art courses in painting and drawing

Exhibitions

2019                                   Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm AHC Projects Booth A5

                                         Flux 6, National Army Museum, London

2018                                   Figure and Form, Lingwood Samuel Gallery, Godalming, UK

                                         Bath Open Art Prize, 44AD Gallery. (Peoples Choice Award )

                                         Flux 5, Chelsea College of Art Gallery, London

2017                                   Art on a Postcard, Unit Gallery, London. (Ewbank's charity auction for Hep C Trust)

                                         Creativity Works, 44AD Gallery, Bath

                                         Lanthanium, Ottovolarte Gallery, Florence, Italy

                                         Flux 4, Chelsea College of Art Gallery, London

2016                                   Edinburgh Art Fair, The Chimera Gallery, Scotland

                                         "Flux 3" Exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London

                                          The Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Ireland   

                                         "Solar", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, UK

                                         "Tales of Art", Great Banyan Art Co, 1AQ Gallery, New Delhi, India

                                         "Hidden", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, UK

                                         "Urban Experiences", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, UK

2015                                   "Flux 2" Exhibition, Royal College Art, London

                                         "Summer exhibition", Gallery Steiner (Vienna), Zurich

                                         "La Melia D'Oro", Lake Como, Italy (Camaver Kunsthaus/Marcello Cazzanigo curator)

                                         "Inspired by German Expressionism" SaatchiArt Curated Collection

2014                                   "Winter Pride Art Awards", Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London (Runnerup/Non-Conformist)

                                          SeeMe, Times Square, New York, USA

                                         "Switzerland" SaatchiArt Curated Collection

2013                                   "Winter Salon", River Gallery, Bratislava

                                         9th Shenzhen International Creative Industries Art Fair, Da Wang Gallery, Shenzhen, China

                                         "Cityscape Impressions", Da Wang Gallery, Shenzhen, China

                                         "The Story of the Creative", New York, USA                                                                                                                                            "Art from Switzerland"  SaatchiArt Curated Collection

                                          "Art for March", Sloane Square Tube station, London, UK ​

2012                                    "7Up", Gallery Le Sud, Zurich, Switzerland.
                                          Bus-Tops 2012 Olympiad Art Project, London, UK, (Arts Council England)
                                          Akt&Portrait, Migros Klubsschule Wengihof, Zurich, Switzerland.
2011                                    "Unearthing Potential",  Bath College, Bath, UK.

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​​Articles and Features

Dec 2015                              A Meditation on Place, SeeMe Publication/digital exhibition at Scope Miami 2015                                                             (Non-Conformist)

July 2014                              5th Annual Exposure Photography Award, SeeMe Publication/digital exhibition, Louvre,Paris                                              (In our Absence)

Dec 2014                              Interview on Dark   

Dec 2013                              The Southeast Review, Vol 32.1, USA

​June 2013                             The Ground Magazine

May 2013                              Lungfull Magazine 21    316 23rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 

April 2013                             Oh Parasite website                                              

March 2013                           FAD  Art Website #68 

Jan 2013                               Interview on Deviantart

Oct 2012                              Bus-Tops article  

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