My compositions from fallen and forgotten timber are studies in the narrative beauty of wood. They are made to reveal timbersí response to its environment over time. Its unfashioned beauty, durability and vunerability.
The origin of the material I use is central to my work. Whether it be discarded floorboards from a Victorian terraced house, a garden fence, a branch of Sycamore found on the floor of the scrub that fringes the fields of the Sussex Downs or a 40 year old Oak gate post, the sense of place is very important.
I have worked with wood for the last 25 years. Since studying at the London College of Furniture I have worked as a furniture maker in Sussex, Ireland and London. After returning to Art College I co founded Blue Monkey Studio with three fellow graduates of Brighton University and spent several years as a model maker and tutor at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. I have now returned to wood as my medium, and increasingly I find myself reluctant to intervene. It has its own story to tell.
Born July 1965
2000-2003 Brighton University, East Sussex
BA Hons 3D Crafts, First Class Honours
1998-2000 Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology, East Sussex
BTEC Foundation Course Art and Design
1985-1987 London College of Furniture, London
BTEC distinction, Advanced Design and Construction
2009 Origin 2009 Best Contribution to Show Award
1990 Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Award
2011 London Art Fair.
2010 Affordable Art Fair, Miami.
2010 Towner Art Gallery, East Sussex
2010 Affordable Art Fair, New York.
2010 Origin 2010, Spitalfields Old Market. London.
2010 Branching Out. Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
2010 Branching Out Auction. Bonhams, London.
2010 East Sussex Open, Towner, East Sussex.
2010 Affordable Art Fair, London.
2009Ė2010 Coppice. Rochester Art Gallery. Rochester, Kent.
2009 Origin 2009, Somerset House, London
2009 Open Houses, Brighton, East Sussex.
2009 Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, East Sussex
2008 Bellis Gallery, Brighton
2008 Liberty Gallery, Kings Hill, Kent.
2005 Permanent Gallery, Brighton
2005 Contemporary Gallery, Brighton
2010 Nepartism Artist of the Month.
2010 The Times, Saturday magazine, interiors feature.
2010 Crafts Magazine. Talent Spot article.
2009 Crafts Magazine. Front Column piece.
2009 Financial Times. Trend Spotter feature.
2009 CQ magazine. Group studio feature.
2008 CQ magazine. Group studio feature.
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