1988-1989 Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone
1989-1992 Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
1999-2000 Goldsmiths College of Art and Design, London
1996 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London
1996 Maymie White Gallery, London
1997 Collier and Bristow Gallery, London
2004/5 Art Walks, Ipswich, Suffolk
2006 Love One, Ipswich, Suffolk
2007 - present Artone Contemporary, The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
2008 The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE:
1996-1999 Earlham School, London
Temple School, Kent
Chapter School, Kent
Gravesend Grammar School For Boys
My current body of work is the result of an artistic career that has spanned a decade and a half. In the late 80’s I attended St Martins College London, where I studied a degree in fashion design. It was there that I became interested in loosely illustrating the human figure using richly textured, irregular shaped surfaces.
I have always visited museums, galleries, cathedrals and other places of artistic interest and have subsequently been inspired by 20th century Artists, including Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Chagall, Rouault, Modigliani, Jawlensky and art from a range of diverse cultures and historical perspectives.
My work uses colourful figures and objects set in abstracted patterned environments going back to an early interest in Japanese Art (flat shapes, controlled lines) combined with expressive superimposed detail. My father’s sculptures often feature within colourful, figurative compositions, with strong angular lines providing structure. Texture is created by using mixed media in many of my works on paper. This involves layering collage, wax resist, batik, ink, oil and pastels. The content of my work reflects some of the concerns of Cubism and elements of Abstract Expressionism.