I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1995 with a First Class degree in Fine Art. In 2007 I completed a Masters in Children's Book Illustration. My current work is a fusion of the figurative with the painterly qualities of the earlier abstract work.
Influences are wide and varied. I am currently reading 'Every Day is Mother's Day' by Hilary Mantel and watching 'Stranger Things'.
Recent visits to the National Gallery have been particularly rewarding. I am currently drawn to mediaeval and Renaissance paintings and especially the 'San Sepalcro Altarpiece' by the Sienese painter Sansetta. As well as the wonderful architecture and the interesting perspectives, I adore the minute detail. I have embraced this quality in recent paintings, juxtaposing the decorative elements with more gestural and expressive mark making.
From popular culture, movies to historic paintings, it's all in the soup!
I have been successful in a number of national opens including the Royal Academy in 2016 and 2017. A painting was also selected for the prestigious Columbian Threadneedle Prize in 2016 and recently 'Lost in the Suburbs' was accepted for the London Group Open in November 2017.
As well as exhibiting in numerous group shows locally and nationally, I have shown in Athens, Chicago, Seoul and Stockholm
2007 MA Children’s Book Illustration, APU Cambridge
1996 Post Grad Certificate in Arts Practice. University of Derby
1995 Fine Art BA (Hons). First Class, Nottingham Trent University
London Group Open, November 2107
October 28, 2017, 'Fantastical', Solo Show, Tarpey Gallery
Selected Solo Shows
2017 Lost, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire
2014 Perfume and Savages, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
2012 ‘Short Sharp Blow to the Head...’, Trade Gallery, Nottingham.
2010 Millgate Museum, Newark
2007 Grace: Sequential Drawings, Francis Bardsley Gallery, Romford
2002 'Unnatural Selection' Derby Museum & Art Gallery
'Extracting Anatomy' The Yard Gallery, Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
Selected Group Shows
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2016 Colombian Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2016 Art-Athina, Athens, Greece
2015 MIX:WINTER Lawrence Alkin Gallery, Soho, London
2014 London Calling, Truman Brewery, London
2014 MIX : WINTER, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, Soho, London
2014 SUPERMARKET, Kulturhuset , Stockholm
2014 Strata, Platforms@Art-Athina, Athens
2013, Prize winner, SKETCH 013, Rabley Drawing Centre, national competition
2012 'The Darkness of Light', Heyri KeumSan Gallery (Seoul-Heyri-Tokyo
East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
2011 Shortlisted for the Grand Cash Prize of £1500 at the Nottingham Castle Open
Art on Armitage, Chicago, USA. Residency and Exhibition
'Through the Glass Lightly', Go/C/Art Gallery Visby, Gotland, Sweden
SKETCH Drawing Prize 2011, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough
OPEM, Open exhibition, E Midlands and Humberside, The Collection, Lincoln
2010 Royal Academy Summer Show
At Play 2, Bracknell Gallery, Bracknell