Born In Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
Lives And Works In Edinburgh, Scotland.
I produce vibrant works on paper, wood, mdf and canvas in a neo-expressionist style that is often mistaken as 'outsider' but I take that as a compliment.
Intense and energetic, rich in vivid colour and heavily covered in text, stencils and bursts of texture, the works are primarily concerned with a universal experience filtered through my life. I suggest dichotomies, wealth vs poverty, primitive vs sophisticated, integration vs segregation, justice vs injustice and inner vs outer experience.
Whilst the majority of my work evidently references pop, neo expressionism and outsider art, I have successfully developed a language of my own. I harness the synergy of appropriation; poetry, drawing and painting which marries text and image, abstraction and figuration, historical information mixed with contemporary critique.
Places that I have visited also directly influence my work — the colours of New Orleans, the Caribbean and Malaysia, and the urban landscapes of New York, Paris, London and Berlin.
Contemporary culture, history, geography, political and corporate worlds, word-play, social commentary and music all get put into the food blender too.
My work has no set agenda, theme or literal subject matter — it is informed by what I am passionate about, what makes me angry and what makes me joyous — how I respond to what I see and hear around me… I try to find beauty in the ordinary, in the mundane, in the over-looked, and in what is commonly regarded as ugly… I am also scathing of what I see as unfair, cruel and brutal in the world. This is also your world.
If my photographs have a mission at all, it is this: to capture both mundane and extraordinary scenes, moments and environments, people and events and present them in an interesting way.
It may be a tube train emerging from a tunnel or the dark interior of an abandoned building or my walk into town.
Whatever the locale, on the best of days, I hope to ignite unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer.
I have been creating photographs in theatre, concerts and festivals too for over 25 years.
Jean Michel Basquiat — almost everything but especially — In Italian, Nu Nile & The Dingoes that Park their Brains with their Gum.
Willem De Kooning — almost everything but especially Ruth's Zowie & other work from 1957-63.
Cy Twombly — almost everything but especially The Coronation of Sesostris & The Four Seasons.
Louise Borgeois especially — Nature Study.
Julian Schnabel — Works On Paper & Palazzo Chupi. Basquiat (Film).
Gilbert & George.
Andy Goldsworthy — especially his work with pebbles and leaves.
New York City (especially SoHo, Great Jones Street & W. Village), Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, especially Brick Lane & Truman Brewery area. Zakopane (The Piano Bar). The Isle Of Skye, Edinburgh, Marrakech. Zagorsk, Miami Beach, Langkawi, Barcelona, Dublin, Palma Mallorca, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi & Hué, Vietnam, Copenhagen.
David Bowie (everything except Tonight & Never Let Me Down!).
Iggy Pop — but especially The Idiot & Lust For Life.
Patti Smith — especially, Horses, Trampin’, Dream Of Life, Banga and her photography and poetry.
Brian Eno — On Land, Discreet Music, Shutov Assembly, Apollo.
Joy Division — especially Unknown Pleasures.
Mark Lanegan — Bubblegum.
The B52's (1st 2 albums).
Tord Gustavsen — Being There.
Richard Hawley — Coles Corner.
Lulu Rouge — Bless You.
The Noguchi Museum.
The ocean, rivers, streams, trees, silence &
Frost, clouds & sky.
Red wine. Guinness. Old Speckled Hen.
The Films of Woody Allen.
Oil paint sticks.
Pearl Paint, NYC.
Atlantis Art Materials & L. Cornelissen & Son, London.
The industrial landscape of Sheffield in the 60s & 70s.
Weston Park Museum.
Rare & Racy.
The Crucible Theatre.
The Limit Club.
Hawksmoor churches — Christ Church Spitalfields & St Mary Woolnoth in particular.
Peter Lindbergh photography.
Blue Note & ECM album cover design.
Most things and remember everyone dies but not everyone lives…