Oil paintings and watercolours completed between 2016-2017. See also recent submissions.
Chesil (2017) Oil 50x50cm £675
We stayed at Moonfleet Manor, a friendly hotel on the banks of the Fleet, the lagoon enclosed from the sea by the Chesil Bank. The ever changing light of this serene view fascinated me, reminding me of Andreas Gursky's The Rhine .
Provost Court Garden (2016) oil 50x50cm £695
The rear garden of the block of flats where I live rises steeply towards a jumble of shrubs and trees along the rear fence. The grass bank isn't usually this green, but I was inspired by a Richard Diebenkorn painting called A Day At The Race 1953
Autumn leads to Spring (SOLD) oil 2016 £695
Selected by Celia Imrie for Discerning Eye 2016, this is two abstract 20x20cm canvas boards mounted on a 50x40cm sheet of aluminium lightly glazed with a sheen of oil paint.
Chalcot Sunset (2016) oil 20x30cm £395
My studio looks out over the back gardens towards one of the Chalcot blocks of flats. The sun sets spectacularly behind this tall block. Recent events at Grenfell Tower seem to give this quick sketch a new depth of meaning.
Inspired by one of the amazing trees on Hampstead Heath. Sketching it in its quiet glade was a meditative moment, hence the title. Do trees also suffer from Alzheimers?
Growing Together (2016) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £350
Exhibited at the Drawing London 'Art of Friendship' exhibition at the Street Gallery in UCLH in London
Baie de Somme (2017) Oil 80x30cm £675
The Bare de Somme is a vast open area, all sky and sea and, at low tide, sandbanks. The town of St Valery has a long riverside walk. All this is in contrast to the claustrophobic WW1 images that the word 'Somme' conjures up.
On a visit to Murano, I was enchanted by the old mosaic floor of the church of Santa Maria e San Donato. The images stayed in my mind for a long time and inspired this collage of watercolour designs.
Sonata (2016) Oil 60x40cm £750
There are wonderful lunchtime concerts performed by the amazing students at the Royal Academy of Music. This seeks to capture the impression left on my mind by one of these concerts.
Bodies (2017) Oil 40x30cm £675
A collection of shapes built up from life drawings collected over a couple of years of drawing with the Hesketh Hubbard society
Manshed (2017) Oil on aluminium 40x40cm £675
Layers of paint overlaid onto prepared aluminium, this pattern of abstract blocks has resolved itself into the bare interior of a shed with a window looking out onto dense greenery.
Royal Society of British Artists 2018
A group of painters met at Lincoln’s Inn Fields on May 21st 1823, to form the ‘Society of British Artists’, whose manifesto stated, ‘This organisation was not formed to rival existing societies but that every Member was to be at liberty to assist and support any other society.’
Artists at this time were sometimes granted membership of the Royal Academy, but as the membership was limited to fifty members made up of sculptors, printmakers and architects as well as painters, the election of a new Academician was dependent upon the death or resignation of an existing incumbent. The birth of a new society was inevitable and £1000 was raised for such a purpose. The Society’s new galleries were created in Suffolk Street only a short distance from the Royal Academy in Somerset House. These galleries were designed by the fashionable Regency architect John Nash.
The progress of the Society was hindered by financial problems caused by the innovative roof designed by the architect John Nash, which began to collapse not long after the galleries were opened.
Although the Society was granted a Charter in 1846 it was not until Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Year of 1887, under the leadership of James McNeill Whistler, that the Society won the right to the prefix ‘Royal’. Whistler raised the profile of the Society by setting standards of acceptance, which attracted the attention of not only London’s aristocracy and fashionable society, but also of both Monet and Alfred Stevens, who became Honorary Members.
In the years that followed, the Society attracted many painters and sculptors of note including Walter Sickert, Philip de László, LS Lowry, Henry Moore, Peter Greenham, Sir Roger de Grey, Carel Weight and Colin Hayes.
In 1970 the RBA transferred its assets to become the main contributor to the Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries.
The 2018 Open exhibition will be shown in the Mall Galleries in London between 21-31 March January 2018.
Cotswold Reflections (oil) £675
Summer in the Cotswold Water Park. The setting sun reflected on the still water of Clearwater Lake.
Provost Garden (oil) £695
Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn's work, this is an imaginative and freely executed view of the rear garden of Provost Court, where I have my studio. The lawn slopes steeply down from dense shrubs and trees to a low brick retaining wall.
Heraclitus (oil) £675
Heraclitus said "you cannot step into the same river twice". This view of the Thames shows the passage of time in the life of the river from the broken Roman pots and bricks that litter the shore, to the remains of the piers from Elizabethan times and looking across the river to the victorian wharehouses and Canary wharf.
M'dina (oil) £675
In the bright sun of the island of Gozo (Malta) the narrow streets of the main town M'dina are deep in shadow. The ancient walls of the buildings carry the evidence of layers of changes and additions over the years.
John Moores Painting Prize 2018
Established in 1957, the internationally-renowned prize, organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, has championed contemporary British painting for 60 years; more than two decades longer than any other art prize of its scale.
The shortlisted works will be displayed in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition, which is held at the Walker Art Gallery biennially. The exhibition runs from 14 July to 18 November 2018
Memories of Hayling Island (2017) Oil 85x70cm £975
Hayling Island - a holiday island with a long sandy beach connected to the mainland via a bridge across the mudflats of Chichester Harbour. I grew up here from the age of 10 until 15. The palimpsest is the bare canvas covered in my own thoughts and memories. The painting on top is of the mud flats and the bridge leading to Havant on the mainland.
Dancing over all of London (2017)
This recently completed watercolour was submitted to the first year of the London Evening Standard Artprize competition. Sadly, not selected, but I still like it!
Dancing Over All of London (2017) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £495
This work is based on the poem 'Autumn Journal' by Louis MacNeice describing in some 50 pages his life in London in 1938. In particular, the following words resonated with me:
'Who has left her scent on my life and left my walls Dancing over and over with her shadow Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls And all of London littered with remembered kisses"
Work completed between 2012 and 2015.
Broken Flags (2014) Oil 50x50cm £695
Nationhood seems to be breaking down. This 50x50cm painting shows a random selection of national flags with part of their design dissolving into the blue sky of the background
Flags (2015) watercolour 50x40cm framed £595
This was selected by the Sunday Times Watercolour competition in 2015 and exhibited around the country. There is no underlying message here - I just liked the juxtaposition of the colours of the flags and the upright flagpoles.
3x3 Raw Umber (2012) Oil, Canvas Board on Raw Canvas 65x65cm £685
I played mourned with various shades of raw umber on 20x20cm panels, then arranged them in a 3 by 3 panel pattern on a raw stretched canvas.
All the People of the World (2013) Oil 70x90cm £950
I constructed this work by first analysing the colours of all the flags of the world. I then apportioned them according to the amount of colour in the flag multiplied up by the countries population. Each dot represents around 20m people, and there are over 3000 dots. Red predominates!!
Breaking the Siege (2015) oil 30x40cm £675
During one of the terror attacks in Paris, one gunman was trapped inside a delicatessen. The police exploded a stun grenade as they stormed the building. The moment of the explosion was capture in a photo that was in all the papers. This painting captures the essence of that moment.
Heraclitus (2015) oil 30x80cm £650
It was the philosopher Heraclitus who said 'You can never step into the same river twice". This scene, incorporating old Tudor jetty works, Victorian warehouses, and modern office blocks seen in a view across the Thames in London exemplifies this.
Dancer (2015) Oil 30x40cm £475
This painting grew from an abstract piece that I had worked on for some time when I happened to see an old photograph of a dancer in this pose that fitted exactly into the abstract shapes on the canvas.
I can hear myself living (2014) Oil 80x60cm £975
This large (80x60cm) work is inspired by the book "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes. It is a three part book, and in the first part, which is about falling in love, he describes the early history of ballooning. There is a quote from the first man to ascend in a hydrogen balloon, Dr J A C Charles "When I felt myself escaping from earth my reaction was not pleasure but happiness. I could hear myself living"
Commuting (2014) Oil 40x30cm
Selected by Nicola Green for Discerning Eye 2014. After lots of sketching on the London Underground, I put together this image to convey the sense of what it is like to commute on the crowded tube.
Pre 2012 Portfolio
Work completed before 2012.
Henry Cole's South Kensington Museum (2011) Ink 60x85cm framed £575
This is the main (Minton) staircase for the original part of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) designed by Henry Cole. His commemorative plaque is on the right. The staircase is brightly coloured and patterned with Minton tilework. I used ink and wash to convey to 'see' this in their mind's eye.
Florence (2011) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £375
Wonderful view of the skyline from our hotel on the south side of the Arno.
Imperium (2012) Watercolour 50x70cm framed £375
View of the Imperial War Museum designed to evoke a sense of fading imperial power.
After Patrick Heron (2011) iPad Drawing (nfs)
Patrick Heron is one of my main inspirations. This iPad drawing is based on one of his works.
No. 29 Bus (2010) Etching and Aquatint 40x30cm (nfs)
Taken from the reflection in the front windscreen of the bus as it passes St Martin in the Fields in Central London.
Bridges (2009) Oil 40x60cm £675
Exhibited in Bankside Gallery in 2010 as part of the celebration of the opening of the new Blackfriars station.