'The unifying aspect through all of my work is a love of light and atmosphere coupled with a minimalist sense of form and structure'. more
based in Solihull, West Midlands
Artist Statement Concepts Concepts: 'The unifying aspect through all of my work is a love of light and atmosphere coupled with a minimalist sense of form and structure'.
Ideas: My work is premised on the personal belief that the more minimal an image is the more it arouses a feeling of involvement in the viewer - sort of less is more. I work from direct experience - I need to be physically involved with the source of my imagery.
Themes: I am drawn to the sublime rather than the beautiful - to mist and quietness - winter and age. My images come from landscape, earthworks, stones - patina, traces and remains.
Influences The landscape sculpture photographs of Richard Long. The techniques and aesthetics of Ben Nicholson. The philosophies of Peter Lanyon. Prehistoric cave paintings - ancient religious sites - stones and circles of stones. Patina, traces, remains.
Career path 1989-90 MA, Fine Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design 1983-86 BA Hons in Fine Art from Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Since graduating I have exhibited consistently in both group shows and solo exhibitions. In 1995 I was Artist in Residence at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria, a life changing experience which resulted in my living and working in North Yorkshire for the last eight years. During that time I received two awards from Yorkshire Arts. At present I am living again in the West Midlands, mainly for family reasons. I now plan to develop new work; possibly revisiting my experiences with the long-view of a refugee from the North! Within the next five years or so, I hope to be able to undertake further suitable residencies and see where they may lead me.
Solo exhibitions 2004 The Ronald Pile Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire 2001 Light as a Feather, Showroom Cinema, Lightwell, Sheffield 2000 Absorbent Earth - Ephemeral Light, Tourist Info Centre, Hebden Bridge 1998 From a Little Building, AIM Gallery, Middlesbrough 1997 Light Land Water, Beverley Art Gallery, East Yorkshire 1997 Log Rhythms, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Group exhibitions 2004 Number Nine Gallery, Birmingham 2004 Portfolio Gallery Pollyana, Barnsley, South Yorkshire 2004 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley-on-Thames 2003 New Exhibition 4 Artists, Woolff Gallery, London 2001 Celebrating the North York Moors, Art Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 2001 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (recurring) 2001 Nature, Wills Art Warehouse, London (annually) 2001 Aspects of Archaeology, Adze Gallery, York 2000 Wind and Wave, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire 2000 Northern Landscape, Adze Gallery, York 1999 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 1995 Back To Nature, Ikon Touring, Birmingham