I make works that could be thought of as withdrawn. Though the things in my drawings are all real objects drawn from life, they don’t readily reveal what they are. Through a process of intensive observation, things are reduced to their simplest, most essential forms. Once unlocked, these forms create strange interconnections across conventional boundaries – a tree branch echoes a river delta echoes a lightning strike echoes a capillary network…
Working in series, things and places are treated according to a flat ontology, with equal weight given to matter and empty space. As part of a process of abstraction intrinsically tied to the act of observation itself, things are reduced to edges, planes, shapes and contours – the vibrant lines where positive and negative space collide. Stripped of their ordinary contexts and meanings, they are suspended in a state of not becoming.
There are no fictions or narratives here. This is the sharp edge of ‘from life’ engagement free of the closures of representation. It is a process of distillation and translation, of mining the rift between essence and appearance, the space in which things begin to fall apart.
Curriculumb. 1973 Lives and works in London Education 2015-2017 MFA Fine Art – Wimbledon College of Art 1998-2002 Advanced life drawing with June Collier 1990-1994 BA Fine Art – The American College in London Exhibitions 2017 PIY Paint Lounge, Sluice Art Fair, London 2017 Signal to Noise, Arebyte studios, London 2017 MFA Degree Show, WCA, London 2017 Creative Debuts First Thursdays, London 2017 Undead Painters Flash Salon III, Saturation Point Space, London 2017 Same Difference, Cass Arts Project Space, Kingston 2016 Residual Plans, Safehouse II, London (artist and curator) 2016 Chroma – Green Issue, Art Hub Gallery, London 2016 In the shadows of a subterranean river, Crypt Gallery, London 2016 Interventions, Lewisham Arthouse, London 2016 Black Bridges, Hundred Years Gallery, London 2016 monoCHROMA, The Crypt Gallery, London 2016 Affordable Arts Fair Hampstead – with MiAL 2016 Xhibit, UAL showroom, London 2016 1”, Chelsea College of Arts project space, London 2015 We all draw, Bargehouse, London 2015 Linea Senza Fine, Opere Scelte, Turin 2012 Olinda, Turin (solo) 2005 Galerie Rectoverso, Luxembourg (solo) 2004 Galerie Am Spiren, Luxembourg (solo) 1998 ACL Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo) 1998 Cercle Artistique du Luxembourg 1997 ACL Gallery, Marylebone, London (solo) 1997 Cercle Artistique du Luxembourg 1996 Hotel Sofitel atrium, Kirchberg, Luxembourg (solo) Awards/residencies 2017 Tiffany&Co Outset Studiomakers prize (shortlisted) 2017 Koppel Project Hive Summer Residency 2017 Metro Imaging Mentorship Award 2016 Made in Arts London artist Curatorial projects 2016 Residual Plans, Safehouse II, London 2016 1’ – Group show at Chelsea College of Art Publications 2017 Signal to Noise review in AN magazine 2017 Made in Arts London featured artists catalogue (forthcoming) 2016 Xhibit exhibtion catalogue