Plymouth College of Art
BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
My work to some extent involves delving into social, political, and economic tensions that exist beneath life’s surface. I express what I want to say on these issues in my own way, subsuming information from varying sources and then coming to a conclusion through imagery. The use of photography plays a vital role within my practice. I don’t try to make my drawings look like photographs, up close the fact of them being a drawing is obvious. But by using photography as a tool, removing and retaining elements within the image, my ideas can be brought into realisation. Each drawing evolves through a constant process of application and removal, striving to obtain the levels of texture and tone that I feel best describe the form. Throughout construction there is a constant dialogue. An exchange between previous and subsequent marks made, a conversation, with the drawing directing me towards what it needs to become. I feel that within this balance of direction and intuition the drawings mass of forms become cohesive and breathe life into the work.
Projects and Collaborations: Set design and production for Port Eliot Festival. (2019) Collaborative project with five other students. Working to two specific briefs with tight budgets and deadlines. Installation of the work and stage dressing at the festival. Plymouth Arts Club. (2013 -) I am currently the Chairman and the Programme Secretary of the Plymouth Arts Club. Over the past seven years I have also held the treasurers assistant position responsible for collecting monies and administering memberships. Artist in residence at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. (2018-19) Collaborative project designed by myself, working with one other student and children from the school. Production of a large scale drawing and then this design carried through into a large multiple panel painting. Cornucopia Graduation Show in London. (2018) Provided assistance to the Painting, Drawing & Printmaking students graduation show at the No Format Gallery in London by means of curation and installation. Drawing workshop at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. (2018) Devised and delivered a seven session progressive drawing workshop to students of the school and produced a mural scale drawing. We The People Are The Work - Systems For Saying It, at Plymouth Arts Centre. (2017) Collaboration with students and the artist Ciara Phillips on a major visual arts project in Plymouth that explored ideas of power, protest and the public. Screen Printed works were produced in response to the theme of the exhibition. Exhibition History: RWA 168th Open exhibition, Bristol. (2021) Allusive Lines, Leadworks, Plymouth. (Group exhibition) (2020) Project Space One, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth. (Solo exhibition) (2020) Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (touring exhibition), Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. Salisbury Museum, Salisbury. Leicester Gallery, DMU, Leicester. (2019/20) South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts Open, Exeter Castle, Exeter. (2018, 19) Artmill 100, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth. (2019) PD&P group show, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth. (2019) PD&P group show, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth. (2017) Plymouth Arts Club, Various locations, Plymouth. (Annually 2013-19) Awards: Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 - Student Award. South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts Open 2019 - Pegasus Award for ‘Best Work on Paper’.