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For the last 20 years or so, whilst travelling extensively making and working in various studios, mobile and static....

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I am a London born artist now living and making in Hastings, East Sussex.

What kind of art do I make ?

I'm pretty hard to pin down!

Although whilst at The Royal Academy Schools (2001-2004) I was labelled a sculptor I have continued to produce art that is more about the message than the medium. I work in whatever medium expresses my ideas most succinctly for the tale to be told or in response to the environment I am in.

Sometimes this is with canvas, material or paper but more usually, using and making objects. So these paintings are a small but connected part of my work which includes drawings, sculptures, installation, digital  and prints.

What's ultimately behind my work?

Curiosity, Awe and Hope.

My Curiosity to try and understand powers my day to day attempts to come to terms with being a minuscule, but perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, multi verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires. 

My awe is in the similarities that exist in our dimension between the micro/macro, particles and multiverses, light/black holes, a virus/a sea creature, a grain of sand, a planet. Connections, patterns, as above so below.

My Hope is that through symbol and metaphor I can evoke a response of capture, make a connection.I use a recurring motif, usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see. ...capture through enthralment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue.  
About these paintings:

In my abstract paintings I often use the paint like any other material, to obtain a surface, a texture, a sculptural property displaying simplicity and intricacy side by side.

 I like to work on different surfaces to evoke a particular feeling, association, or thought, such as velvet, rubber, vinyl. these paintings on velvet reflect light beautifully and pops and jars with the jagged nature of the mark making enticing the viewer to look and then look closer to where the idea rests.

The marks have been applied, layer after layer with a brush but also by dragging an iron nail and other implements through the paint while wet to make the marks and depth. The aggression and violence of some of the marks contrast with the more painterly smooth graduations and the nap and shadow of the velvet surface.

I hope you enjoy the work

THANK YOU for looking !


Drilling, knotting, netting, weaving, layering, embellishing, polishing, chiselling, such processes endeavour to evoke a response of capture...capture through enthralment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue. 

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1997 - 2000 BA.(Hons ) Fine Art

Middlesex University LONDON

2001-2004 MA Fine Art

Royal Academy Schools LONDON

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Shows and Awards


My many walkabouts have obviously hindered my ability to show my work over the last 15 years or so but below is an abridged list of shows since leaving the RA Schools. 

LATEST UPCOMING SHOW: Thames-Side Studios Gallery: ‘Pretty Ugly'

(19 Jun-4 Jul 2021)


2017 Kings Hill Gallery London Feb – May  

2016 Hinterland Gallery Group show ALIENNATION 2016 


2016 Wall mounted works at The Stables Gallery and Studios, Tontine Street, Folkestone. 


SELFRIDGES Window Installation LONDON 

 2015 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' For further information: 

2012 The Big One! 

 Dates: May 12, 2012 - June 12, 2012 

Venue: David Mach RA Studios, London facebook/thebigone/havelockwalk/London/2012 


2005 Sculpture in the Close 

 Dates: June 1, 2005 - Aug. 1, 2005 

Venue: Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge › ... › Sculpture in the Close › 2005 › Artists‎ 

2005 Training Pigeons to Fly (with their heads held high) 


Dates: May 16, 2005 - May 20, 2005 

Venue: The Prenelle Gallery, West India Dock, London 

  2004 Platform 100 

 Dates: Nov. 1, 2004 - Nov. 5, 2004 

Venue: ING Bank, City, London 

Group Show 


2004 Venue: Beaux Art, Cork Street, London, W1 

Dates: Aug. 1, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004 

 2004 The Summer Show RA 

 Dates: June 12, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004 

Venue: The Royal Academy, London, W1 

 2004 MA Show 

 Dates: June 10, 2004 - July 15, 2004 

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London 

About: Graduation show for 18 students of 3 year Post Grad Fine Art. 


2003 Premiums 

 Dates: March 4, 2003 - March 6, 2003 

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London › RA Schools › Exhibitions 


2001 In Collaboration with. David Mach RA.. 

 Dates: Oct. 10, 2001 - Oct. 15, 2001 

Venue: A T Kearney, London W1 

About: David Mach and A T Kearney selected artists to work with him and produce collaborative work for an ambitious exhibition. 


Landseer Sculpture prize 

Henry Moore Sculpture prize 

Bovis travel award 

Ray Finnis Trust award 

Please inquire to see more about shows and awards. 

I am passionate about recycling things...sometime using previous works and often choosing objects that carry the human touch, a memory held, that 'human stain'. Again and again I find myself returning to transforming and perhaps therefore redeeming the disregarded, the everyday object. Clothing, household items, building materials, found things, the mundane, the overlooked, the domestic, the mechanical. 

I take inspiration from my own stories and memories intertwined with myths, physics, cosmology, philosophies and more and employ them as a way of trying to negotiate a path through the darkness of my/our inevitably limited understanding.... the horror and fear of our fragility, the awe and wonder of living. While the universe spins and throbs over our heads we go about our business, trying to untangle the everyday aspects of our lives...our dreams and nightmares, the winning, the losing and the trying, lives that turn off and lives that turn on.  

Through stories, symbols, archetypes and metaphors we are constantly struggling to find new ways to extract a meaning that can be used as some kind of glue to hold all our parts together. I continue to remain fascinated and inspired in the human condition and our day to day attempts to come to terms with being a minuscule, but perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, silent multi verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires.  

My work is evidence of my personal journey and of what I have seen along the way.  

THANK YOU for looking !

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Drawing is very important to me; I see it as the root of everything that I make. I use it as a laying down of ideas, a brainstorming, a map or a patterning for thoughts. These drawings are often quite large and usually employ a purposely limited palette, which I find helps me to find the bones of the idea and to have less distraction from the form.

A palimpsest of charcoal or ink in lines, dashes, holes, becomes thousands of matches, pins, nails, tiles, erasures and spaces become holes, gaps, rips and tears where every mark made becomes a memento marking a time in the works development and evolution.

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