Through my paintings I explore the impossibility of being separate from what we encounter, both as a body in an environment and when looking. You never ‘just’ see something – visual perception is always a case of you looking at something and that something looking back at you. Also, the way in which you approach an object or any situation is dependent upon and influenced by whatever pre-existing knowledge or ‘angle on the world’ that we already possess. In a sense, the act of looking, and one’s own assumptions determine what object, thing, or space is.

In my work I use gloss paint, its reflective qualities make the viewer aware that they are looking at an object. The shiny surface creates a disturbance of the notion of one-way vision, a kind of barrier. For me this is a metaphor for how one can never see the thing that one is looking at in its entirety.

I am interested in exploring the gap between what you see and what is actually there. There is a paradox between knowledge gained through the senses and actuality. For instance, while there is a sense of depth and space within my paintings, the drips on the edges of the canvas remind the viewer that the works are essentially composed of material on a flat surface.

For me, painting stems from a kind of uncertainty about the nature of the real – that what you see may not be what’s there, or that it may be all that there is there: it involves a rethinking and questioning of what is taken for granted in terms of seeing.

 

 

 

Education

Current – MA Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School

Turps Banana Studio Programme  (2012 – 2013)

City & Guilds of London Art School (2008 – 2011)

BA Hons Fine Art Painting: First Class Degree

Camberwell College of Art & Design (2007 – 2008)

Foundation Diploma

 

Projects

 

2013

⇒ Co-founder of artist led, peripatetic initiative, The Juncture: http://www.thejuncture.co.uk

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Creekside Open selected by Sacha Craddock

Creekside Open selected  by Brian Griffith

2018

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2017

Steal The Show, Bentinck Street, Glasgow

2016

Anthology, Charlie Smith London

Europa, Transition Gallery

Visions of Abstraction, Gallery Elena Shchukina

Flesh in Focus, Brocket Gallery

 

2015

Art Car Boot Fair

Greater Depths: Redefining Watercolour, Brocket Gallery

Vault Festival

 

2014

Wells Art Contemporary

Best of Bow Arts, selected by Mark Wallinger

Art Car Boot Fair, London, Liverpool, Folkestone

Tete a Tete, Cannes

Preamble, The Juncture, Unit 3

First Come, First Served, Lion and Lamb

 

2013

Freeze 13, The Mayor’s Parlour

Turps Banana Studio Programme Final Show, Vigo Gallery

Turps Banana Studio Exhibition, V22 Exhibition Space

Artist of the Day, Flowers Gallery

Art Car boot fair, Brick Lane

Turps Banana Interim Show, Mayor’s Parlour

First Come, First Served, Lion and Lamb

 

2012

House Rules, Simmons & Simmons

Victoria Park Salon, 1, 2 & 3

 

2011

City & Guilds Degree Show

 

2010

VAULT, Lambeth Accord

 

Solo Exhibitions

Sunset Strips and Stains, Brocket Gallery, 2016

Behind Your Burly, Town House Spitalfields, 2014

The Currell Collection, October 2012

 

Collections

Currell

Simmons & Simmons

John Jones

 

Awards

The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers: 2011