Art Reveal Magazine
Manchester, UK I attended the Manchester School of Art from 1987-88 before going on to complete a BA (Hons) in Design for Communication Media. After spending twenty-five years as an advertising creative, I became a semi-professional artist in 2015, turning full-time in 2017. Since then I have had a solo show in 2018 at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, exhibited twice in the ‘Artists of the Year’ show at Mall Galleries (2017 and 2019), and was invited to take part in last year’s ING Discerning Eye exhibition. I am a social realist painter. My aim is to capture the spirit of the age and create contemporary portraiture that tells stories about my sitters. I always try to create a visual dynamic in my compositions. Establishing a deliberate dichotomy in my work forces the viewer to focus on what that person is doing – and in doing so, it creates a sense of isolation and divorce from the real world and a psychological conflict in the painting between humanity and technology. I hope the more you look at my work, the more complexities unfold from what might at first seem to be a series of straightforward paintings.