My artistic practice is diverse involving various media (both 2D and 3D) partly because I tend to visualise a piece and then bring it to fruition using whatever is the most appropriate medium. Much of my work bridges the relationship between 2D and 3D, negative and positive including negative space, shadows, and reflections and, increasingly, between figuration and abstraction. Subject matter ranges from the serious to the scenic. My work is often analytical – reducing images to their basic elements and then building them up again but often distorted or changed in some way.
During August 2015 I held a “one woman show” called Diversions at the Hastings Arts Forum (HAF), St Leonards on Sea. I used both galleries and showed a mixture of work including installations including Birdland 2 (an installation featuring The Crow) . During the show I worked on some new collages and was asked to make a collage in the same style but about the Beatles to raise funds in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support. As a result of my research for that piece (looking at Beatlemania, fandom, the Shea Stadium concert etc.) I also made a new screenprint on the same topic and numbers 1 and 2 were also donated to Macmillan as part of their fund-raising. Since then number 3 has been donated in support of the HAF.
Early in 2016, Birdland+, a much expanded version of The Crow installation including two new large mixed media oil on linen paintings, was shown at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London. This show also featured the new collages I started making during the Diversions show and some other new work. The Crow, together with my Webs, was then featured in Open House 11 during the Brighton Arts Festival and all four How to Spend It collages were part of a curated show (Transformations) at the Hastings Arts Forum. Others events last year included a couple of my screenprints being in the Hop Gallery Open Exhibition 2016 (a biennial juried open) in Lewes, East Sussex and, at the same time, two collagraph prints of The Crow together with a “fun” piece made of mount board, card and paper (The Lotus Eater aka The Snake) could be seen in a curated show called Paperworks at the Hastings Arts Forum. This was followed by my exhibiting a selection of prints in a variety of techniques at the Parallax Art Fair in the Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London.
My most recent exhibition (Black, White & Splashes of Colour) comprised 23 new prints of various types (made in a single six-month period – July 2016 and January 2017) along with some older work in browsers and was held in Gallery 1 of the Hasting Arts Forum. During the show I was in the gallery a lot of the time making some work (a new acrylic drawing / painting based on the same photograph as Trees & Roots II – see Recent Work) and starting some new botanical paintings/drawings similar to Cactus. ALso during May some of my smaller prints could be seen in Eva Wibberley and Friends’ Open House as part of the Brighton Arts Festival.
As to new work: please see Recent Work which describes some of what I have been doing during the past few months. I have also started making a new web (the Christmas Star) whilst a new, large and complex screenprint (Innsbruck, Austria II) in memory of Zaha Hadid using pearlescent inks (quite a challenge!) is now almost finished (after months of work!).
One of my screenprints was selected by the jury for the Martyrs’ Summer Salon 2017 at the Martyrs’ Gallery in Lewes, East Sussex. Also during July three works (Children Can Change the World ………?, a new collage Postcard from St Leonards-on-Sea, and a 3D piece called I Can Ring a Rainbow (well what else do you do with an old satellite dish and 7 old mobile phones!?!) were in a curated show called Assemblages (Putting it all together) at the Hastings Arts Forum. Currently a show by the Linchpin Graphics group (“DEFINITE PLACES –INDEFINITE SPACES”) is on at the Da Vinci Hotel & Art Gallery in Eastbourne whilst 2018 sees an further group show at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford, East Sussex. In October my work was again on the bip-Art stand at the Affordable Arts Fair in Battersea.