My work is very bold and often uses a limited colour scheme, usually mainly in acrylic paint as this allows me to work quite quickly and instinctively. Originally, after having finished university my work was heavily inspired by the books of JG Ballard, where I interpreted his myths of the near future into banal domestic scenes. This developed into a body of work consisting of "portraits" of toasters, kettles and other objects from modern life; which eventually led to an exhibition at Islington Arts Factory, Moments From Modern Life which comprised of paintings of objects and scenes from everyday life. Also, I occasionally incorporate text into my paintings, as I like the quality that it can offer, not only content-wise, but also visually and texturally. My influences include Patrick Caulfield- I love the atmospheric settings he creates, and the colour schemes that he uses; another influence is Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose craziness and energy I love and try to evoke a similar sense sometimes in my own work, in my own way. Another relatively recently discovered favourite of mine is Cy Twombly, whose expression and marks I love.
born 1977, Liverpool 1995-1996 Hugh Baird College, Bootle Art Foundation course1996-1999 University of Central England, BirminghamBA(hons) Visual Communication; Illustration: 2:1 degree P r e v i o u s / c u r r e n t / p e n d i n g s h o w s / w o r k2000May - September,; Stockport Art Gallery as part of their ongoing Artlink exhibition project.30 June & 3 July,; Redgate CP School, Formby I led a workshop as part of their art day scheme.13 July - 26 August,; Stockport Open Exhibition, 2000 at Stockport Art Gallery.22 July - 3 September,; National Acrylic Painters Association Open Exhibition 2000, at Durham Art Gallery. 23 July; St Johns Gardens Art Fair, Liverpool.August - September; Illustration work for Dragonsteps. com .4 - 23 September,; Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of HE; the exhibition subsequently toured to Switzerland (now the jerwood drawing prize)200112 - 24 February ; Collaborative show with Nick Kkounnous (photographer) at Hanover Galleries, Liverpool.5 March - 19 April,; Solo show at Orrell Arts Centre; Merseyside; organised by Sefton Arts. 16 March - ongoing; Work displayed as part of group show at Swan Gallery, Stourbridge, W. Midlands23 April - ongoing; Commission for the Cornerhouse, Manchester; in collaboration with Hayvend. 20 June - 01 July; Solo show at Seymour's Café, London; as part of Camberwell Arts Week festival.11 July - 1 September; Stockport Open Exhibition, 2001 at Stockport Art Gallery. September - onwards; Work displayed at Slug and Lettuce, Windsor; as part of Art Display UK project. 17 September- 24 November; 2001 Sefton Open, at the Atkinson Gallery, Southport.November ; National Society of Painters Sculpters and Printmakers exhibition at Whiteley's Gallery, Bayswater, London.Date tbc; By Invitiation Only, Sefton Arts exhibition at Southport Arts Centre, Southport.2002April-March; Solo show at Islington Arts Factory, London.24 May - 29 May ; Made in Sefton , through Sefton Arts, Gadansk, Poland May ; Led three day art workshop at Devonshire C.P school, BlackpoolJuly-September; Stockport Open Exhibition 2002, at Stockport Art Gallery.28 August - 19 October; Solo show, New Works, works on paper at Southport Arts CentreNovember; NSPSP exhibition at Westminster Galleries, London2003ongoing exhibitions at Swan Gallery, W. Midlands and Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, including their recent Framed show.July - august ; planned and led arts and crafts summer school at Formby High School.o n g o i n g w o r k , o t h e r p r o j e c t s e t c.I was Artist-in-Residence at Netherton Arts Centre, Merseyside, in 2001, 2002I have recently been selected to appear in the Millennium Artists Index, a national publication and accompanying exhibition, both coming soon.I am a member of several art societies, including the National Acrylic Painters Association ( full member), the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers ( associate member) and the National Artists Association. I am currently a member of Arena Studios, Duke Street, Liverpool, where I am producing new work, including broad collages and new paintings and prints.I currently have work retained at visual databases; North West Arts Board Slidex; and at the Waterford Gallery, Cheshire.I have an ongoing exhibition of my work at the Cupola Gallery, Sheffield (as above); at the Swan Gallery, West Midlands and at Let's Eat Café, Allerton road, Woolton Village, Merseyside. As well as producing 2-D work, I also make hand-made cards and am currently sourcing more selling opportunities.