B.A.(Hons) Fine Art – Manchester Metropolitan University 1995
M.A. Fine Art – University College Chester 1997
Much of my output has involved either collage or printmaking, and I am experienced in both disciplines. Found and appropriated images have always formed part of my practice, and in the last few years I have made a series of collages from reproductions of 18th and 19th century paintings taken from books and auction catalogues, frequently Victorian portraits and interiors.
I then make a series of interventions to entirely change the narrative in the picture, often becoming darker in tone, perhaps sinister, frequently humorous, always surreal. There are many cultural references in them, from science fiction to pop music, using other genres to make something entirely new from familiar imagery.
I feel that through my increased knowledge of the history of art and the research involved in teaching, my work has developed a dialogue between my own cultural experience and the art that has affected me over the years. Artists like Max Ernst and Rene Magritte are an obvious influence, as well as contemporary artists like John Stezaker, Linder, and Michael Borremans amongst others.
‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’ – solo exhibition of collages – Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead Liverpool – Sept/Oct 2016.
‘Dead Funny’ – neo:gallery, Bolton 2015. Themed group show curated by myself and fellow neo:artist Aaron Rawcliffe.
‘See-Saw’ – neo:gallery, Bolton 2014. Group show on the theme of ‘play’ curated by myself.
‘Android’ – Themed group exhibition with 24 artists, co-curated by myself with artist Julie del’Hopital, Piccadilly Place, Manchester – June 2013; androidexhibition.wordpress.com
‘Open’ Bolton Museum & Art Gallery – 2nd Prizewinner 2011.
‘On the Surface’ – Gallery Oldham – Autumn 2010. An exhibition of my own work with fellow artist Denis Whiteside, alongside prints chosen by us from Oldham’s collection, including work by David Hockney, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton.
‘Poison Bingo & Other Tales’ – View Two Gallery Liverpool (Solo show) 2010
‘Notion Pictures’ (3 Artists) Salford Museum & Art Gallery 2009
‘Soup’ Liverpool Art Collective – Tate Gallery Friends Room/Liverpool Art School/Hanover Galleries – 2000 – 2002