About

I am a painter and an art-historian. My first experience of full-time art-making was in West Cornwall. I had my first lessons in painting and drawing there – from the sculptor Paul Mount, and the mosaic artist Jeanne Mount. I have also lived and worked in Portugal, Italy, Canada and France. Since the late ’90s I have been based in Glasgow.

Three strands weave together to make my work: the thread of expressive mark-making (abstraction; personal and central), the thread of communication (representation; communicating the abstract to others, without their knowledge), and the history of art (the relationship between art, time and words).

“Whenever I had something to say I have said it in the manner in which I have felt it ought to be said” (Picasso)

publications

Approaches to Abstraction (Wolfson college, 2019) has a text by Phillip Lindley about the artist. You can download a PDF copy HERE or buy a print copy from 765press.com

shows (*=solo)

*Newlyn Art Gallery (1986)
*Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow (2001)
*Kinsteary House, Nairn (2001)
*Birnam Institute (2003)
*Timespan, Helmsdale (2004)
*Glasgow Art Club (2004)
*High Street Gallery, Kirkudbright (2004)
*Cork Street Gallery, London (2008 – with Tracey McNee fine art)
*Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh (2008)
Beaux Arts Gallery, London (2014)
Gallery 10, Edinburgh (2015)
*Aktionsradius, Vienna (2016)
Briggait, Glasgow (2018)
*Loughborough University (2019)
*Wolfson College, Cambridge (2019)

research projects

in 2010 I finished a research project for the Institution of Civil Engineers, consisting of twelve large paintings together with an online photo sketchbook. See the project website HERE.

image archive

I have posted a selection of my paintings on Flickr, going right back to student days: click HERE.

commissions 2011-2012

Two large commissions on architectural subjects for private clients.
1. London’s South Bank (images: click HERE).
2. The construction of the Al Bahr towers in Abu Dhabi by Aedas architects (http://www.aedas.com/). Click HERE to read more about this commission. Images of the paintings and sketches are on flickr.

collaborative installation / event works

Working Party formed in 1985 with three other artists: Mike Chalwin, Peter Smith and John Clark (pictured).
There were two installation / event works: 1985 at Newlyn Art Gallery and 1986 at Geevor Mine, Pendeen.

art history

My work in art-history included a Post-doctoral research fellowship (funded by the Henry Moore Foundation) at the  University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1997 – 1999, on Sculpture and Orality, a PhD (UEA, Norwich, 1996) on Northwest Coast art, and an MA (also from Norwich) on the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. I previously also studied Western art history at Cambridge in the early 80s. If you are interested in my writing, click HERE.