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Born in London in 1954, I trained at Watford and Exeter Art Colleges but soon found myself investigating the techniques of the old masters rather than following the path of abstract expressionism and conceptual art practised by many of my contemporaries.

Recently I've been revisiting abstraction which I used to enjoy in my student days. What I've found is that it's all too easy to do abstraction badly and extremely difficult to do well. As Degas said “Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."

I have always loved landscape and aim to capture something of the genius loci (spirit of place) in paint rather than the purely topographical. Artists of the romantic school (early 1800's) liked what they called the Sublime in nature, the raw and overwhelming power of a tempestuous sea, avalanches or a volcanic eruption. Shock and awe. What if the Sublime is in a less intimidating mood? as Peter Schmidt one of my art school teachers said “in a room full of shouting people, the one who whispers becomes interesting”

 


Exhibitions in which work was included and solo exhibitions:

The Intercontinental, Jimberan, Bali. (one man show)
Arta Jaya Gallery, Ubud, Bali. (artist in residence)
Wayan Sriani Gallery, Ubud, Bali.
Sari Gallery, Peliatan, Bali. (artist in residence)
Bali Mystique, Petitengit, Bali. (one man show)
The Oberoi, Bali. (one man show)
Hayoka Centre, Swansea. (one man show)
International Trade Centre, Dubai. (one man show)
Dassin Gallery, West Hollywood. California.
Racing Museum Dubai.
Art Market Frome Festival.
Craft Centre, Nunney Fayre.
First View Gallery, Stourhead, Wiltshire.
The Georgian Group, Fitzroy Square, London.
Addison Ross Gallery, London.
Chepstow Racecourse (one man show)
Bath Reference Library (one man show)
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.
Moles Café, Bath.

Commissioned work from clients including:

The Bath Spa Hotel, Bath UK.
Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
Trust House Forte.
The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.
Orient Express Hotels.
The Georgian Club, Tokyo, Japan.
Café Mama, Richmond, London.
Coutts Bank, London.

 

 

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