Perhaps the country only existed in its maps, in which case the traveller created the territroy as he walked through it'
My paintings are influenced by maps and the process of mapping. The journey with its sense of discovery, the exploration of the physical provoking an interior transformation. I am intrigued by the relationship of the internal and external, the microcosm and the macrocosm, the known and the unknown and the revealed and the concealed. I refer to found fragments, collected and hand drawn maps, plans and diagrams.
Within the process of painting I am interested in the physicality of the paint, building layers of marks, colours and gestures. The accidents, surprises the unintended marks deviate from the initial starting point taking me on a journey of discovery never arriving where I intended to begin again.
It is easy to get lost in Eudoxia: but when you concentrate and stare at the carpet, you recognise the street you were seeking in a crimson or indigo or magenta thread which on a wide loop brings you to a purple enclosure that is your real destination. Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet's immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his own life, the twists of fate. Cities and the Sky I Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino.
CV & Education
Exhibitions, Residencies, Collaborations and Awards
2014 The Map of the Many Mothers, Lordship Hub, Tottenham, London.
2012 Things Beginning with M, Omidaze Productions, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
& The Arcola Theatre, London.
2007 – Resident Artist Haringey Consortium of Nursery Schools, London
2006-13 Artist in Residence, Eastwood Nursery School & Centre for Children &
2007 Creative Partnerships, Artist in Residence Hilly fields Primary School; Pembury House Nursery School & Woodlands Park Nursery School, Archbishop Michael Ramsey Technical College, London.
Mural commission, Haringey Council, Tottenham, London
City Mine(d), London, Delta Mapping Project.
2005 Mural Commission, Haringey Council, Holcombe Market, Tottenham, London.
2009 The Polka Theatre & Eastwood Nursery School, A Photographic Collaboration.
2005 Maryland Studio Open, London.
2004 The Centre of Attention, London.
2001 The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, London.
All on the Wharf, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.
The Centre of Attention Permanent Collection, London.
2000 The Chisenhale Gallery, London, Get Art Project.
Salon, The Centre of Attention Painting Prize, London.
Stuffed, The Stuff Gallery, London.
The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, London.
The Centre of Attention Magazine, London.
1999 Paintings, The Centre of Attention, London.
Don’t Smoke in my House, Hoxton, London.
Stoke Newington Open, The Gallery, London.
Maryland Studio Open, London.
1998 Maps and Other Non-Diagrams, The Poetry Place, London.
Stoke Newington Open, The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London.
Stuff & Nonsense, Stoke Newington Festival, London.
Whitechapel Open, Maryland Studios, London.
1996 Histories, Set i Set, Rosa Centro Cultural, Barcelona, Spain.
1995 Tallers Oberts, Barcelona, Spain.
Language & Location, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Spain.
Language & Location, Delfina Art Gallery, London.
New City Artists, Washington Arts Centre, Tyne & Wear.
Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield.
1994 Northern Scene, Tullie House, Carlisle.
Northern Scene, The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
1993 Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield.
1992 Small Works, Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle.
1991 Made in Sunderland, Durham Museum & Art Gallery, Co. Durham.
The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
20 into 90, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1994 Northern Arts Travel Award
1990 Northern Arts Award
Current Position: Self Emplyed Artist Resident Artist Haringey Consortium of Nursery Schools Tottenham, London Working in collaboration with children their families and staff developing creative projects that nurtures their curiosity enabling them to explore their ideas creatively through the use of a variety of media and forms of expression. With particular emphasis on engaging children and families with EAL and those who are on the periphery of the setting. Through these projects developing links with the community and engaging children with their surrounding environment. Attending conferences presenting the Nursery’s discoveries around the Language of Photography in Early Years running workshops , training and Insets for Early Years Practitioners.
Some of the organisations I have worked with over the last 25 Years undertaking residencies, workshops and commissions; Eastwood Nursery School and Centre for Children and Families, The Photographers Gallery, Haringey Council, Sunderland Council, The Polka Theatre, The Forest School Learning initiative, Sightlines Initiative, Omidaze Productions, Creative Partnerships, A New Direction, City Mine(d), The Centre of Attention, Artists in Schools, Kent Architecture Centre, Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Chisenhale Gallery, The Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland University, Great North Forest, The Northern Centre For Contemporary Art, Artists Agency, The Great North Forest, Durham Museum and Art Gallery , London Transport Museum, Arts Resource, Early Arts, many Nursery, primary, secondary schools and colleges across London and nationally.