‘Maker of Things’
I am an Artist currently based in London, working and searching for questions as well as answers. Although primarily a painter exploring the concept of the human experience and its relation to our natural self, I also produce a host of work in a variety of mediums (including etching and drawing).
My work is regularly exhibited in London as well as other UK and internationally based contemporary galleries, in solo shows as well as group projects and regular participation in Art fairs.
I am also represented in a diverse arena, ranging from the theatrical (associated exhibition for Dan Pullman’s ‘Grimm’s Fairy tales’) to the literary (with a range of internationally published books and a volume in residence at the V&A library).
As my ‘fine art’ continues to flourish (I am currently nominated for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize) I also keep my discipline diverse through editorial (a regular contributor to several international publications) and illustrative work (shortlisted for the AOI Illustration Award and for the Searle Award for creativity), as well as writing.
I have previously worked as an art therapist (with full teaching qualifications from Cambridge university) and continue to provide workshops for children with learning disabilities (specializing in autism).
My range is demonstrated by my paperwork, my education ranging from a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art to attaining Master degrees in both Conceptual Art and Children’s Book Illustration (Cambridge).
It is the culmination of these disciplines that keeps my ideas evolving and the world around me that keep informing them. The making of things may be my love, but Art is my communication and painting my therapy.
My work reflects on the struggle between the need to distance ourselves from our animalistic, primitive nature, and the inherent desire for contact with it. I am interested in the idea of ‘man the animal’ and our pursuit to dominate this undeniable heritage and common ancestry.
Men have interpreted nature with wondrous iconography that has embraced nature and then sought to elevate us above it. While once these same images were used to depict gods, our arrogant trivialization of the natural state is humorous, as it demonstrates a self sustained, self controlled idea of greatness.
In particular, I examine and comment on the socio-political and cultural constructs developed to create the illusion of dominance or ownership over our environment, ranging from scientific classification and exploration to religious division, from revised evolution through un-natural selection to rituals of ownership through naming.
In opposition to such illusion of dominance and understanding, I wish to create relevant questions from transient answers, to provide a commentary of the ‘now’ with references to past conclusions. I do not address ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but provide representations of understanding, in the knowledge that conclusions are fleeting illusions to be embraced but never accepted with finality.