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 develope 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

2022‘Something Tender’, group exhibition, Yorkton Street Gallery, London
‘Artist in Residence’, Keythrope Hall, Leicestershire, UK
2021‘ING Discerning Eye Exhibition’, invited by Roland Cowan, Mall Galleries, London
‘Friday Focus’, Parapluie Art, Artist in Focus with interview
‘Ethereal Reality’, group show, JB Gallery, Debut exhibition,
2020‘Invitational 1’, group show, Unit 1 Gallery, London,
‘Artist In Focus’, solo show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
‘Summer Exhibition’, group show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
2019‘Gestura’, Enfant Terrible Exhibition, group show, London
‘Painting with Thread’, group show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
‘Editions Show’, group show, Unit 1 Gallery, London,
‘Four in Focus’, group show, Lisa Norris Gallery,
2018Herrick Gallery, London, group show
‘Winter group show’, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
‘Radical Residency II’, Group Show, Unit 1 Gallery, London,
‘The Hand of the Artist’, group show, Roaming Room Gallery, London, Collaboration 5,
‘Exceptional Art Award’, group show, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London,
‘Accidental Beauty’, solo show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
2017‘Summer exhibition’, group show, North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex,
2016‘Stratum’, group show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
‘Monochromatic’, group show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
2015‘Collaborators 4’, group show, Roaming Room Gallery, London,
‘Illusionary Spaces’, Solo Show, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
2014NOA, Somerset House, London
‘Group Show’, Lisa Norris Gallery, London,
‘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
2018‘Exceptional Award’, Collyer Bristow, Finalist
2017‘The Tony Carter Award’, City & Guilds of London Art School
2014‘NOA’ Finalist
‘Signature Art Prize’, London, Winner – painting category
‘Griffin Art Prize’, London – Long listed
2013‘Clyde & 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