I paint in oil on canvas, using landscapes to try to understand what is essential to painting and what can be left out, using the Modernist rather than Postmodernist style. My aim is the visual reproduction of a landscape using a pictographic language within an aesthetic form, being expressive in both content and form. A Modernist painting is important because it combines the rationalism of its pictographic language with the empiricism of its aesthetic form. Aesthetic form, rather than the exclusion of any decorative appeal. It is true that art does not need aesthetic form, as with the Postmodern, but only with aesthetic form can painting aspire to the artistic heights achieved by the Fauves and Impressionists. Visual reproduction, rather than abstraction. We only know the world through representation and as language has a limited ability to express the extensive and complex world we live in, we can use painting to search for other modes of representation, new ways of seeing. Pictographic language, rather than the realism of the academic. Gestural marks with suggestion rather than accuracy, impression rather than description. Calligraphic marks with an abbreviated simplicity, opening possibilities for the viewer rather than being prescriptive of opinion.
Included in Robert Coles book “Artists and Illustrators around the New Forest and Solent”
Have exhibited at the Horizons Gallery in Brussels and Orchid Fine Arts in Hampshire, amongst others.
Also exhibited for several years with the Bayswater Road Artists Association, London.
Awarded a degree in Art History from the Open University.
For several years lived in Italy, and exhibited with many open-air art shows – including the Naviglio Grande in Milan and Piacenza. Across the border in France, showed on the Côte d'Azur in Cannes, Saint-Raphaël, Nice and Cros de Cagnes as well as in several small French villages in Provence.
Having recently returned to Glasgow, have exhibited at the Dundee and Drygate Urban Markets.
Selected for 2017 Clydeside Open Art Show.