statement + cv

 

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Making marks by hand (drawing) is the main focus of my work. I’m interested in human character, and how real people can become symbols of something else in other people’s minds. We have a view of people from history that may have very little to do with their actual lives. They can become like the cast of a film played out in our own inner life. Therefore, there has to be an underlying element of autobiography in much of what I do.

I work mainly with woodcut and I like to use wood from dismantled pieces of old furniture (it comes with its own history), or pieces of plywood from the local builders yard – anything that’s tricky to work with, unpredictable and allows some kind of dialogue with the material. My work explores the marks, processes and materials that best bring out the various aspects of personality.

The Chance Meetings series deals with how real or imaginary characters can become players in our own internal dramas. Lost Voices is a collection of work that reflects my interest in music and words that were never recorded and are beyond living memory – a creative life now lost forever.


2016
Artist in Residence, Hot Bed Press, Salford
National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
The Manchester Contemporary, Granada Studios, Manchester.
Making Marks by Hand, solo show, Editions Gallery, Liverpool.
Group 13, Hot Bed Press, Salford.

2015
Winter Exhibition, Portico Library, Manchester.
Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Japan.
The Masters, Relief printing, Bankside Gallery, London.
Inky Fingers, Lowry Hotel, Manchester.
National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London. (Prize winner)
The Manchester Contemporary, Granada Studios, Manchester.
Print, RK Burt Gallery, London.

2014
Hot Bed Press Show, Warrington Art Gallery, Warrington.
National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
Complete Printmaker, Bank Quay, Warrington.

2013
The Manchester Contemporary, Spinningfields, Manchester.
Curious Pursuits, Portico Library, Manchester.


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