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About

I work primarily with drawing and painting, making imagery that incorporates both observation, and the instinctive and sometime uncertainty of mark making and materials. I am engaged in producing work that incorporates the structured and the intuitive. Subject and object is the environment and also the mind, psyche, and relative consciousness.

Currently I am making work which looks at the structure and movement of water and waves. As well as a technical process, this accesses concepts of chaos and complexity, also perceptions of tranquillity and metaphor.

I apply the various skills and techniques picked up over the years, but am open to the constant learning and developing of these, and new skills. I also use photography, film and sound – I occasionally make music under the name ‘Hypertheta‘.

I have worked in web and graphic design, curation and gallery management, and have worked in a variety of non-art part time jobs.

Other interests include visual astronomy, gardening, phenomenology, shamanism, folk magic and electronic music.

“In primordial perception, Merleau-Ponty writes, subject and object, noesis and noema, are blurred to the point of disappearing into one sole “intentional fabric,” namely, the “flesh of the sensible.” Rather than claiming that the body extracts the emotional essence of things, we should instead speak of a single reverberation out of which perception, gesture, painting, and speaking emerge.”

Ted Toadvine, ‘Singing the World in a New Key’. 2004


Education

2011, MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice, University College Falmouth, Cornwall.
2003, HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design, Strode College, Street, Somerset.
1991, BA Graphic Design, Faculty of Art & Design, Bristol Polytechnic, Somerset.


Galleries

Works available to view and purchase at:

Echo Beach Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon, England.
The Square Studio, 2 The Square, Northam, Bideford, Devon EX39 1AR
The West Gallery, Glebe Farm Barn, West Putford, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 7XE


Exhibitions

1988 – 2018

Please see the full exhibition listings for details and links.
Assorted Group and Solo exhibitions in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and London.


Awards, Prizes + Shorlists

Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2015
Shortlist: The Plough Open Drawing Competition 2014
Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2014
Longlist: The Threadneedle Prize 2014
Shortlist: Evolver Prize 2014
3rd Prize: Plough Drawing Competition 2013
Shortlist: Door Prize For Painting 2012


Bibliography

2011, 60 wrd/min art critic – Lori Waxman review of work (performance), The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall


Collections

Works held in Private Collections in UK, Europe, Canada & USA.


Texts

‘Flesh Of The Sensible: Painting, Shamanism, Perception & Phenomenology’, MAFA Dissertation, UCF, Cornwall, 2011


Curatorial Projects

2012, ‘New Visions: contemporary painting in uncertain worlds’, Cornwall

2011, MA Fine Art Show, UCF, Cornwall

2011, ‘Infinity Landscapes’, Falmouth, Cornwall


Residencies

2012, ‘4 Weeks 33 Hours’, CMR, Cornwall


Additional Roles

8/2009-Present, Web admin, committee, event organiser: Bideford Bay Creatives, Bideford
06/2012-12/2012, Volunteer (Members Desk / Gallery Attendant), Tate St. Ives, Cornwall
10/2011-12/2012, Co-founder / Co-director, CMR Gallery + Art Space, Redruth, Cornwall
2002–2003, Publicity Officer: Linux User Group Of Glastonbury (LUGOG), Somerset
2001-2003, Group Rep Year 1 & 2: HND / HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design
01-10/1998, Co-ordinator for Exhibitions: ‘Isle Of Glass Artist’s Collective’, Glastonbury, Somerset

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