I have been a fellow at Digswell for 3 years. I have recently been shortlisted for the John Moores painting Prize and I was awarded the Contemporary Arts prize last year.
The environment and how we experience the landscape interests me and informs my practice. My work explores the human relationship with the landscape and how this is in flux. As we become increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement, we are in conflict with the natural world due to the way we live. Ideas of utopia, dystopia, heterotopia and the sublime are consistent themes within my practice. The Anthropocene and the climate crisis and current social and political issues feed my thinking.
My process varies and evolves over time but generally starts with drawings, images, and collages that I have manipulated and experimented with: this then forms the starting point for the painting. The human figure is missing from my paintings, enabling the viewer to become the missing human presence within the work, the spaces becoming portals that the viewer has to negotiate into an alternative world, space or time.
My work has been widely exhibited over 20 years, more recently;
2020 ‘Emergent Vision’, Safe house 1 and 2, 137/139 Copeland Road, Peckham, London
2019 ‘Nou Wave 1’, Old Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey, London
2019 Manchester Art Fair, 11-13 October, Manchester Central, Manchester
2019 Artrooms Art Fair London, 11-13 January, Melia White House, Regent’s Park, London
2018 ‘The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice’, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London
2018 ‘Thoughtful Planet 2’, The Thought Foundation, Gateshead
2015-17 ’Creative Reactions’, Pint of Science event, Cambridge