Oil on Canvas 30cm x 100cm
Pre-selected for The Royal Society of British Artists annual show 2019.
Jackson’s Open Art Prize 2019 Longlisted out of an incredible 5366 entries. If you want to see the selection and/or fancy voting please click here:
‘The Art of Travel’ delves into the modern fantasy and profane reality of air travel. Adventurers of all shapes and sizes off to explore distant exotic lands traipse through the airport. The minimalist decor feels like a puritan contemporary church in which the faithful congregation comes to praise and celebrate the realisation of humanity’s desire to be one with the angels. Stylised images of women in the background, like stained glass windows, deepen the feeling of escapism, while outside the leviathans of the sky beckon.
Oil on Linen, 2019, 102cm by 76cm.
Alchemy involves the transmuting of base and common metals into precious and rare ones. In the painting we see shoppers at Christmas on Carnaby Street, many of them in search of a similar magical transformation in their lives. Mercury’s poetic musings, cast in bright neon, frame the scene. They both imbue it with an unreal glow and lift it further into a magical realm where anything seems possible. The words are, of course, also a question. Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? For the people below, perhaps there is the hope that their real lives and their fantasies, for a few moments, might not be mutually exclusive. As an artist I used complementary colours, the placing of elements in and out of focus, movement and static, to capture the essence of the scene. Including the constant shifting of the people, many of whom become a blur. Amid the everyday aspects of the Union Jack shopping bag, people lost in their thoughts and the snapping of photographs, the painting also seeks to bring out the sense that Carnaby Street had for a brief while become a pathway to another enchanted world lying just out of sight. An escape from reality.
‘Piccadilly’ has been selected by ‘Artists and Illustrators’ magazine for their Artists of the Year 2019 exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London 25th February to 2nd March.
Shortlisted for Jackson’s Emerging Artist Prize 2018 with 29 other artists out of over 1300 entries.
Oil on Linen 100 by 70cm
‘Piccadilly’ is a celebration of the 250th Year of The Royal Academy Exhibition and London. Every moment in London is like an artwork. The more the viewer looks the more narratives there are to discover. A french Mastiff Roxy dog leans out of a white van window. One remembers Edward Miliband saying he feels “respect” whenever he sees a white van. Grayson Perry is comically running off the canvas, a lady puts her hand up to block us out. Each character walking across, frozen in time, has their own story to tell. The colour and Grayson Perry’s flags add to the dynamism along with big gestural marks sweeping across the scene.
Oil on Linen
100 by 70cm
Regent Street celebrates the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Marriage as people rush past preoccupied by their daily concerns. London, The British Flag, the Queen questions our identity, with the City’s vibrancy and constant activity seeming somewhat Sisyphian in the Brexit world. The eternal return as the cycle of life in the city rushes by and returns each day. A movement that is so constant it becomes still life.
PRE-SELECTED FOR SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS EXHIBITION, MALL GALLERIES, LONDON 2018
Women’s Movement captures the zeitgeist of 2018 and the resurgence of women’s movements across the globe, as women rise up, speak out and are heard while still going about their everyday activities, preoccupied with everyday concerns.
Oil on Linen
Finalist for The Art Gemini Prize 2017, exhibited at Asia House
2017, Oil on Canvas, 100cm
London. Frozen in time. The heart of the capital locked in an everpresent moment. The eternal return as the cycle of life in the city rushes by and returns each day. A movement that is so constant it becomes still life. Locked in inescapable patterns the people move through well trodden paths as the seagulls flap above and look on at the scene below, under a heavy sky. A scene that the birds have watched from afar for millennia. A city that shows no signs of slowing down. Full of an ever growing number of people in motion.
Oil on Linen
Longlisted for Jackson’s Emerging Artist Prize 2018.
A river of people, a passing gaze reaching out among the transient flows of great self-importance. Angels often appeared above pictures of the City hundreds of years ago and as eternal creatures should be watching us still. Wanting to draw us away from the manic routines of each day in the capital to ask questions about the greater importance or otherwise of our everyday concerns.
2016, 100 by 75cm, Oil on Canvas
We fall in love when we least expect, and like in quantum theory, once we are entangled we can never be fully separated from each other. Whatever the distance.
Oil on Linen, 2017, 70cm by 50cm
Oil on Linen
59cm by 108cm
The painting captures women captured in a moment of time under the memorial of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, a hundred years after women over 30 were enfranchised on February 6 1918. Colour is used carefully in this piece. Historically the combination of purple, green and white to symbolise women's equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolises hope. White represented purity, but with that concept now being more controversial, yellow has been introduced to represent the 'new dawn', the second wave of feminism. Red recognises the ‘Day Without Women’ movement that sprung around International Women’s Day 2017. Surrounding Emmeline’s outstretched arm are the current headlines relating to women contrasted with some of her slogans. One hundred years’ on.
An orchid, the flower of Singapore, looms over the city, its mouth open and tongue bared in readiness. Other than the girl, there is a notable absence of humanity, except through humanity's creations. The artificial forest replacing the one that had stood here for millennia. The voluptuous orchid represents fire, nature and Singapore’s Chinese heritage, and is a reminder of the ever present heaviness of the sky in the Tropics.
2016, 115 by 75cm, Oil on Linen
Oil on Linen