Selected for the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition 2015
I’m delighted to have my work selected for the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition again this year. In the last six months or so I’ve been working almost exclusively in dry media – charcoal, graphite, pastel – and I’ve been heavily influenced by Cy Twombly and Ffiona Lewis. Experimenting with mark-making and scratches into the surface of the paper has thrown out some interesting results. Erasing the marks has also been hugely important as it reveals layers and creates a kind of ghostly resonance. The Pastel Society exhibition will showcase two brand new works which encompass these recent working methods, and runs from 24th February to 7th March, Mall Galleries, London. For more details click here.
UK Arts Directory featured artist
Recently I was invited by UK Arts Directory to be featured in one of their online articles on contemporary artists. Eve Brinkley Whittington writes an excellent blog for the directory and her questions for me were insightful and thought-provoking. In the article I talk about my childhood, artistic influences and what I want to achieve in the future.
Arts Club Charity Trust Award
I am honoured to win the Arts Club Charitable Trust Award at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2014, for my artwork ‘After the Rain’. The artwork is based on the landscape around Staxton village, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. The landscape is beautiful there, especially when under snow. The textures and tones in ‘After the Rain’ reflect the snow covered fields and hedgerows. I used a combination of pastel, graphite and charcoal, scratching into the media to create an evocation of the layers of landscape.