Lives and works in London / Dorset

My practice attends to the importance of material and process, as each painting operates as a self-contained world, exposing the evolution of their making. The works are non-representational and I do not proceed with the intention of abstracting from the outside world. I am interested to development each painting with the notion of the work being about itself and of itself. I emphasise construction, not merely the painting of the painting, through assemblage of textile, and a process of folding, stitching, tearing and building an additional skin, resulting in the works appearing quite bodily.  Oscillating between excess and restraint, hesitancy and assertion, privacy and disclosure, the paint is pressed into canvas, linen, organza and scrim. I expose the mechanics of painting during the construction and deconstruction of the painting, allowing incidents to occur resulting in the surface becoming a landscape of decisions upon which I navigate. I impose difference and contrast to sit side by side, as if a duality of forces are at play. This duality is often staged through presenting a vertical division, as I investigate how little or how excessive my application can be for the work to become a painting.

The periphery and supporting structure is emphasised by exposing more detail, weaknesses and salvage as the structure is sometimes wrapped and bandaged. Part air and partly grounded, the works proceed as I add and remove paint and textile until the painting finds its own internal logic, its own truth and resting place.


Nationality
British / New Zealand

Exhibitions
2020Unit 1 Gallery, London, ‘Invitational 1’, group show,
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Artist In Focus’
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Summer Exhibition’, group show,
2019Koppel Project Event, ‘Gestura’, group show, London
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Painting with Thread’, group show
Unit 1 Gallery, London, ‘Editions Show’, group show
Lisa Norris Gallery, ‘Four in Focus’, group show
2018Herrick Gallery, London, group show
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, winter group show
     Unit 1 Gallery, London, ‘Radical Residency II’, Group Show
    Roaming Room Gallery, London, Collaboration 5, ‘The Hand of the Artist’, group show
    Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, ‘Exceptional Art Award’, group show
    Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Accidental Beauty’, solo show
2017    North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex, Summer exhibition,
group show
2016     Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Stratum’, group show 
  Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Monochromatic’, group show
2015     Roaming Room Gallery, London, ‘Collaborators 4’, group show
    Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Illusionary Spaces’, Solo Show
2014NOA, Somerset House, London
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, group Show

‘Signature Art Prize Exhibition’, Degree Art, Vyner Street,
London
2013‘Rising Stars’, Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
Residency
2018Radical Residency II, Unit 1 Gallery, London
Awards
2018Exceptional Award, Collyer Bristow, Finalist
2017The Tony Carter Award, City & Guilds of London Art School
2014NOA Finalist
Winner, ‘Signature Art Prize’, London (painting category)
Long listed for Griffin Art Prize, London
2013Clyde & Co Art Award, London
Education
2016 – 2017City and Guilds of London Art School
MA HONS FINE ART
2008 – 2013Central Saint Martins School of Fine Arts
BA HONS FINE ART