I make pictures of the human figure, both male and female, in isolation and in groups. Painted and drawn from close observation, these subjects, often models in the studio, are placed in a variety of settings and combinations in order to explore and express various themes. I draw on a variety of source material, from art history, film and everyday life.
I work in oil paint, watercolour and drawing media. I am interested in their expressive handling properties and transformative effects.
These paintings show how people are, or how they perceive themselves to be. I am fascinated by appearance, the clues it gives and its endless variety of psychological expression.
In November I started a six month contract tutoring Stewart Hill in painting. Stewart was severely wounded whilst on active service in Afghanistan and, as part of his rehabilitation, rediscovered his interest in art. You can read about him here.
I have just completed filming a piece about Turner with Cerys Matthews and Gus Casley-Hayford for a forthcoming Sky-Arts documentary, to be aired early next year.
I am working on a new series of pictures featuring 'hieratic' male and female figures, derived from baroque and rococo archetypes. These can now be seen in 'Work'.