I am an oil-painter with a particular interest in figure and en plein-air painting. Whenever possible I like to paint in the open air, directly in front of the subject. This, I think, gives my work a vibrancy and vitality sadly lacking in much of studio painting. In fact, I disapprove of studios. Some one once said that a brush stroke in the field is worth twenty in the studio, and my own experience makes me heartily agree with this.
When I started painting I think the thing that first attracted me was Ruskin's exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky. This sounded like a very nice thing to do, so I decided to give it a go, and I've not really stopped painting since.
My subject matter is the ordinary, the domestic and the common place. I do not seek out the spectacular, the shocking or the disturbing. I'm drawn to the beautiful but do not seek it out. If my paintings have any purpose, apart from my own pleasure in painting them, it is to show the extraordinary in the ordinary. I do not consider myself part of the artistic establishment, which I find backward looking and conservative, but prefer to go my own way and ignore present fads and fashions.
My paintings are popular and can be found in galleries through out the UK and the US. They seem particularly popular in the US for some reason.
When I'm not painting, I'm a professor of mathematics. I have an international reputation for my work in relativity, black holes, and cosmology. I'm author of quite well known book on general relativity.
My work graces (or has graced) the following galleries:
London Galleries: Mall Gallery, New Grafton Gallery, Webbs Gallery, Llewellyn-Alexander Gallery, Bankside Gallery, Cork Street Gallery.
Other UK Galleries: Bohemia (Beverley), Scotland Art (Glasgow and Edinburgh), Zillah Bell (Thirsk), Stockdale (Whitby), Artfulness (York), Artspace (York), Talents (Malton), Scotland Art (Glasgow), the Cambridge Galleries.
American Galleries: Kennebeck (Colorado), Addison Gallery (Forida), Fountainside (North Carolina), Studio Shop (California).
Public Galleries: Hull (Ferens Gallery), (Summer exhibitions, 2005, 2006, 2007). Scarborough, (east coast exhibition, 2004). Sewerby Hall, Bridlington (Summer exhibitions, 2004, 2005, 2006).
Art Fairs: New York Art Expo, 2005, Edinburgh Art Fair, 2007
Solo Exhibitions. Langwith Gallery, University of York, 2002. King’s Manor, University of York, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. Blake Head, York, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Helmsley Art Centre, 2005. Beningbrough Hall, 2005. Pocklington Art Centre, 2006.