Biography

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Broadly speaking my paintings fall into three categories. Landscape, Urban Landscape and the human figure. Each of these plays into and informs the others. It is like playing in different pools and carrying a little water from each pool and adding it to the next.

Shetland has featured heavily in my work since my first visit in 2011 when I rented a studio in Scalloway for a month. This in turn lead directly to a major solo exhibition, ’30 Days of Light’, at the Lerwick Museum and Archives in 2012. Two years later in 2015 Bonhoga Gallery hosted my second Shetland exhibition, Between Rocks and Hard Places’.

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’30 Days of Light’ exhibition at Lerwick Museum

A bit about education here

Some examples of my college work

Awards include ‘The Stanley Grimm Memorial Prize’ and ‘The Le Clerc Fowle Medal’ at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2014, a regional first prize at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, also in 2014 and First Prize at the inaugural ‘Open Up North’ competition at The Brewery Arts Centre in 2011.

Since 1999 I’ve enjoyed over thirty solo exhibitions in Dublin, Cornwall, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Shetland. I’ve also taken part in well over fifty mixed exhibitions, many of them at various galleries in London.

On the track across Muckle Roe

Getting out there in the elements, painting direct is integral to my working practice. The information available via the senses is unparalleled by any other means. Simply put, it is the single best way of exploring your subject and your relationship to it. These experiences feed into the studio based work. I’m a figurative painter that believes everything is in essence abstract. To paint figuratively with any success is to paint abstract.

My work can be seen with galleries across the UK from Shetland to Cornwall including with galleries in London. I have paintings in collections worldwide.