Degree: Masters Fine Art
University: Duncan Of Jordanstone
Graduation Year: 2011
More About Me
My paintings are of landscapes with human habitation or
signs of it, however the occurrence of the human figure is often subordinate to
the immensity of the geographical world in which it is depicted.
My landscapes are frequently sparse and the scale of human presence small in comparison to these vast open spaces, observing how fleeting a human lifetime is in relation to the timeframe of these vast, apparently permanent topographic scenes.
I am interested in why landscapes solicit the emotional responses that they do, of the subjectivity in reacting to landscapes, particularly in these half worlds of controlled isolation and geographical indifference.
These works are read through the process and language of mark making, of what can be read within a fluid, seemingly effortless brush stroke, keeping my palette very simple in order to depict ethereal qualities such as the vibrations within light or the presence of moisture within air. The repetition of looking and relooking again and again at a particular location also assists in creating the overall impression of the strange surreal atmosphere of these activities and locations.
Awards & Exhibitions
Scholarships and Awards
The RSA New Contemporaries Award 2010.
The Farquhar Reid Trust Award 2010.
The RSA Painting Prize and The Maclaine Watters medal 2011.
Shortlisted for the Threadneedle Painting Prize, 2011.
Shortlisted for RSA William Littlejohn Award for Excellence and Innovation in Water-based Media 2011.
Duncan of Jordanstone University collection, Dundee.
2010, Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show, Dundee, group exhibition, 22nd – 30th May.
2011, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, New Contemporaries,19th March– 13th April.
2011, The Surface Gallery, Nottingham, Open Show, 12th July - 30th July.
2011, Masters Show, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, August 27th - 3rd September.
2011, Polka Dot Punks, Universal Bar Glasgow, 12th September.
2011, Postcards from Europe, Shropshire, 3rd October – 12th November
2011, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, The Winter Exhibition, 12th November – 23rd December.
2011, Art Pistol, Hilton Hotel Glasgow, 9th – 12th December
2011, Crab Apple Arts, Glasgow, Christmas Fayre, 17th December.
2011, Polka Dot Punks, Glasgow, 10th December.
2012, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, solo exhibition, 31st January – 12th February.
2012, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Effortless Brushstrokes, 11th February 14th April.
2012, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Joint Landscape exhibition, 25th September to 22nd October.
2013, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, Four Painters, 1st – 17th August.
2015, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, joint exhibition, 31st January – 14th February.
2017, EXPO Chianciano, Italy, Emotions on Canvas, 9th-25th June
The Public Catalogue Foundation, Covent Garden, London
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