Travel and the insight and understanding it provides into different cultures and people is essential to my practice. The Middle East and the ancient interactions encouraged by the silk route between the East and West are of particular interest. My work looks at people; our similarities in spite of differing environments, religions and cultural practices and the cyclical nature of history demonstrated throughout.
My paintings attempt to condense the history of a place within a contemporary format. The photography element to my work provides a documentary quality that is in many ways a form of reportage; recording an annonymous individual going about their everyday life whether that be commuting on the overground in Hackney or on the streets of Erbil in Iraq. The mixed imagery I layer over this then brings many elements of history to that place and person. It is a way of observing; revealing forgotten elements of the past alongside an unseen/unnoticed present.
Thousands of years of trade have meant that philosophy, religion and language have been in a constant state of flux. One thing however remains the same - we are all human and have human nature in common; inquisitive, curious, spiritual beings that constantly question morality and our existence through the use of arts.
I work with a variety of media such as photography, inks, oils, waxes, pastels on various supports such as aluminium, scrap armoured metal, copper, wood panel and more recently vellum paper. My pieces vary in size - with anything from 10cm x 15cm works on paper to 8ft x 10ft aluminium installations.
2016 Book of Kings, Solo Exhibition, Fosse Gallery
2015 Selected for NOA Award, Royal College, Chelsea, London
2015 Private commission in Erbil, Iraq
2015 Group Exhibition, Trinity House, New York
2014 Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2013-2014 Solo Exhibition, Ikonhouse, Dubai
2013 One month in Afghanistan as an Official War Artist, sponsored by The British Army
2013-2015 Permanent representation, Trinity House, New York, USA
2013-2015 Permanent representation, Trinity House, Broadway
2013 AAF Hong Kong, Byard Art
2013 Works on paper, Fosse Gallery, Stow
2012-2013 Group Exhibition, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London
2012 Group Exhibition, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York
2012-2013 Group Exhibition, Belgravia Gallery, London
2012 8ft x 10ft Private Installation, mixed media on aluminium, Cadogan Gardens, London
2012 Art Trove, Belgravia Gallery, Singapore AAF, Byard Art, Amsterdam
2010 Solo Exhibition at Fine Art Commissions Ltd, St James, London
2010 4 x Aluminium Panels (72” x 54”) Installation Private Commission, Northamptonshire, UK
2010 Chelsea Art Fair with Fine Art Commissions Ltd, London
2010 Artist in Residence, Pump Court Tax Chambers, London
2009-2010 Permanent Exhibition Trinity House Fine Art, Broadway
2009 Solo Exhibition at The Crate, Notting Hill, London
2008 Dean’s list for academic excellence (achieved 1.1 for 2007 - 2008 academic session)
2004-2008 MA (Hons) Art History: Classification 2.1 University of St Andrews, Scotland
2005 - 2006 Awarded the O E Saunders Prize by the University of St Andrews Department of Art History