Statement | Exhibitions
Our longing for nature only increases as our lives become further from it.
The animals appear familiar yet distinct from man. Their otherness intrigues us, questions our own importance. We are in conflict with nature but at the same time, in awe of it. We hold a childlike longing for it but continue to alienate ourselves from it.
The subjects here inhabit a stark environment, very different from the one in which they are usually found. Like man, they have become misplaced and detached from their primal origins.
The paintings are large, bold expressions that celebrate the natural world. They preserve what exists and explore our relationship with nature, past and present.
Layers of oil paint are placed onto the canvas and played with using a rag or large brush to extract the light and tease out the form, the paint’s fluidity demanding an immediate way of working. Through the fragile but energetic layers, an animal jumps out at you, exposing vulnerability, proud in its statuesque pose, it invites you to look deeper and engage with something more than ourselves.
These paintings put us in our place, representations of the ‘other’, they still our human anxieties but disturb something else. You can admire the beautiful but strange forms of nature, become at once enticed by it, but also slightly afraid.
|2004||Eversheds Purchase Prize|
|2003||Dulcie Mayne Stephens Travel Bursary|
|2015||McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Surrey|
|2015||Badminton School Arts Centre, Bristol|
|2015||Frome Art Fair w/ Black Swan Arts, Frome|
|2014||Gravitas, Purifier House, Bristol|
|2014||Solo Show, Antlers & Jeffery Breeze, 9a, Margret’s Buildings, Bath|
|2013||Group Show, Innocent Fine Art, Bristol|
|2013||Spring Show, Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester|
|2012||Midwinter, The Bomb Shelter, Beer, Devon|
|2012||Antlers Gallery Winter Shop, Victorian Cloakroom, Bristol|
|2012||Other Nature, Antlers, Frameless Gallery, London|
|2012||Group Show, Innocent Fine Art, Bristol|
|2011||No.1 Harbourside, Bristol|
|2011||Urban Wood Restaurant, Antlers, Bristol|
|2011||Solo Show, Urban Outfitters, Bristol|
|2011||Inside-Out, RWA, Bristol|
|2010||Art Box (pop-up), Park Street, Bristol|
|2010||The Play Of Light And Dark, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2010||Solo Show, Knifesmith Gallery, Bristol|
|2009||Drawn In, Sidcot Arts centre, Bristol|
|2007||Bath Society Of Artists 101st Annual Show, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath|
|2007||Undo, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol|
|2004||Arts For Youth Wales, City Hall, Cardiff|
|2004||Bath Society Of Artists 99th Annual Show, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath|
|2004||Solo Show, The Sugar Bar, Cardiff|
|2003||The Hans Brinker Hotel Exhibition, Amsterdam|
|2003||Art Age, Lichfield|
|2003||Periphery, G39 Gallery, Cardiff|