the Artist

I am a British artist working in paper and acrylic spraypaint. I studied art in London, initially at the Sir John Cass School of Art, and then at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, majoring in sculpture. My early exhibited work, at venues within the UK and abroad, was in box pictures and figure drawing. Supported initially by work as a senior product designer I was able to fund and develop my artistic practice. My interest in working in paper has evolved quite naturally over this time to my current absorption with this challenging medium.

the Work

The work has developed to the point where the images take the form of constructed paintings in which the component layers are painted and then assembled on to a surface. I’m intrigued by the contrast between the fluidity of the paint when working these layers and their transformation into hard edged shapes and forms when assembled onto the painted surface.  The layers are structured in such a way as to partially conceal the underlying surfaces, constraining what is exposed or what might be revealed. This dialectic between medium and process helps to foreground the human centred themes which lie at the heart of the images.

For some time I’ve been working on a series exploring facades – primarily building facades.  Quite literally I see them as the face of the building.  I explore ideas about access and what is hidden or revealed by a facade.  I find them tantalising.  They invite speculation on the endless human histories and activities which a building has contained over time. 

I spent some time working on images of an intriguing building in my area, which appeared to have been some sort of institution and had become a home for squatters.  It was recently demolished for development of the site, which felt very personal to me as I’d become so attached to it.  Although it was surrounded by fencing and boarding, I managed to take some photos of sections of it before it disappeared forever.  These are two works from that time.