Born in Ayrshire, Scotland. Went to Glasgow School of Art. Itchy feet brought me to London. Worked to travel until work outdone travel. Returned to art school in London at Camberwell College of Arts. Post (Joint Honours Fine Art/Graphic Design) degree solo exhibitions: Paintings at Ovalhouse, Kennington and Illustrations at Freedom, Soho. Illustrated for The Guardian, NME and Time Out. Teacher of Art & Design in East London. Now a full-time professional artist: Painter.
Open Studio Exhibition March '17, The Underdog Gallery Spring Show, April '17 & E17 Art Trail June '17. SERENDIPITY Solo Exhibition The WVWG London 2nd - 25th February 2018 wvwg.co.uk
Roy's People Art Fair, The OXO Tower, London 12th-15th April.
My inspiration comes from exploring and observing the urban picturesque of London. I’m interested in the vernacular of buildings, walls, pavements, shop-signs and street-signs. The ephemeral layered textures and colours of their worn surfaces. The walls covered with vivid street art portraiture amongst the transitory graphics of stickers, adverts, posters and graffiti. The ever-changing collation of arbitrary images and texts creates unique collages - as varied as they are impermanent – as mutable as memories.
My paintings aim to capture the strong visual resonance that a fleeting moment invokes. The narrative of the moment – in the painting - is unique in creation and combination, taken from my sketchbook artwork, photographs and research. The composition creates juxtaposed images and words that, like the facets of a memory, emerge decisively, partially or obliquely. The montage of real and imagined images becomes in part abstracted and obscured through the layering of paint. The paintings’ visual narrative remains fluid, intuitively adaptable throughout which reflects the transience of imagery.
The practical creation of a painting is also in flux throughout. Suggestive of the subject matter I use mixed-media: acrylic, gloss and spray paint, ink, pens, pencils, and collage paper on canvas or board. The initial clarity of words and images become partially ambiguous amongst the layers of paint and collage. This process mimics the visceral erasing of overlaid imagery and text by tearing, cutting and scratching. I aim to create a narrative of visual fragments that even as they appear they are signifying their own impermanence. To suggests that even as memories are captured they are simultaneously eroding.
The E List magazine February 2018 - http://www.theelist.co.uk/the-magazine-online/