My current work is an amalgamation of workbook drawings, memory, photographic prompts, Hepworth’s sculptures and collage, as well as influences from some of the St. Ives artists. Some pieces start with the placing of two beer mats on a board. The beer mats determine to some extent what the composition might be, although references to drawings of boats and their interiors, Hepworth’s work and photographs play a part, as well as memories of harbours, beaches and coastlines.
I use colour to open up space or close it down, or to project certain shapes from the surface. The beer mats are subsumed into the overall scheme of the work. Colour is applied in thin layers to build up depth as well as history, and I attempt to compose works that have strong relationships of colour, form and shape, so things are altered as the work progresses. All my work comes from observation and I consider drawing to be the foundation of my practice.
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I was born in 1946 on the Isle of Wight, so the sea has always been important in my work. I trained at Portsmouth College of Art and the Slade School, and began exhibiting whilst at college. I lectured in fine art, mainly at City College Norwich, Cornwall College and NUA. I retired from lecturing in 2011, but continue to examine art as a principal examiner with Cambridge International Exams. I am also lead artist with the SAW trust, (Science, Art and Writing) in schools. I have work in public collections at Portsmouth Museum, Sussex University, British Rail, City College Norwich and Wembley Point London, and work in numerous private collections in Britain, U.S.A, France, Switzerland, Bahrain, Hong Kong and South Africa.
2016 Burnham Overy Staithe, N.Norfolk
2016 Wymondham Arts Centre
2016 Gt. Walsingham Gallery, N.Norfolk
2016 Anteros, Norwich, Major Retrospective
2015 Greenhouse Gallery, Norwich
2014 Wymondham Arts Centre
2012 Burnham Overy Staithe, N. Norfolk
2011 Eastern Open, King’s Lynn
2011 Gt. Yarmouth Library, Major Retrospective
2010 Wembley Point, London
2010 Eastern Open, King’s Lynn
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