My work is inspired by urban scenes and landscapes, from large scale construction sites to the neglected, deserted and derelict. In my cityscapes I feature large buildings, I’m drawn by their presence and scale and the way they dominate their environment. I work from observation, drawing on site. The underlying theme in my work is change and the way we constantly develop our surroundings. I’m interested in capturing the mood and character of a place at a specific moment in time, freezing a scene before it’s gone. I find buildings under construction visually dynamic, and enjoy capturing the patterns and lines created by the scaffolding and cranes that weave frameworks around them, supporting the structure as it develops inside.
My work has distinct stages, my drawn response to the subject when it’s in front of me, and the way it’s transformed through the etching process. The process of etching is central to my work, there’s an elemental quality to it, the act of using acid to etch into metal, deepening the image and bringing power to my mark-making. I work on the etching plate in many stages using a range of techniques that build the image in layers. Through the process of etching I can develop my drawings and achieve intense line and tonal contrast. The final image has a sense of impact presence and place.
My work has been exhibited across the UK and Internationally, including twice being selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. My work is held in a number of collections including: the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; V&A Museum, London; British Museum, London; and the collection of Her Majesty the Queen.
Recent exhibitions include:
2018 Royal West of England Academy, 166 Open Exhibition, Bristol
2018 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London
2018 Nanjing Yangtze Art Fair, China
2018 Impact 10, Santander, Spain
2018 Solo Show ‘City’, RK Burt Gallery, London
2018 London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition, Mall Gallery, London
2018 - 2018 New Light Art Competition, Bowes Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
2017 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
2017 Jiangsu Dialogue, Bankside Gallery, London
2017 Limited Editions, Gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower, London
2017 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2016 The Original Print Show curated by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA, RE, Zillah Bell, Thirsk