The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colours from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, power lines or an isolated building...structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time. My approach is reductive: removing superfluous elements, concentrating on the physicality of edges and boundaries often in contrast to the veiled, shifting white light of the north.
I make drawings of remembered details seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography or more studied compositions. My paintings contrast intentional marks with random scratches, washes of paint with fine layers of plaster, gesso or card. Focussing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in its own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...’
Solo exhibition: Still Here at greenroom, Manchester curated by Blank Media collective.
Group exhibition: Northern Lines, Artisan Art Gallery, Bolton.
Solo Exhibition: Measured Space at Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton. North Yorks.
Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London 7 – 10 Oct.
Solo exhibition: Sightlines at Salford Museum & Art Gallery including curation of works from Salford’s permanent collection
Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester: represented by Arts&Business.
Art of Ideas II: Arts & Business/Arts Council exhibition selected by Stephen Snoddy, Director of Walsall Gallery.
Findings: Valley Artists Towneley Museum & Gallery, Burnley.
Survey, gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire.
Brighton Art Fair
Haworth Museum & Gallery, Accrington (solo)
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
Figura Gallery, Windsor.
Firbob & Peacock Gallery, Knutsford, Cheshire.
Islington Art & Design Fair.
Brighton Art Fair.
Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
Troubadour Gallery, Chorlton, Manchester
Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.
Haworth Open, Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire.
Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London.
Landmarks III Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria.
Sculptural Possibilities Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
White Gallery, Bollington.
Itch gallery, Oakham.
Represented by Arts & Business on www.visualforbusiness.com
Selected by Axis for Artists on www.axisweb.org …Read More