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 solo 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) 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. My work was also shown in the Martyrs Gallery Summer Salon and the Affordable Art Fair. The Linchpin Graphics group of artists exhibited at the Da Vinci Hotel and Art Gallery in Eastbourne during the last quarter of the year and will be putting on a show at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford in April 2018.
The year of 2017 saw little by way of completed new works but was a year of experiment and development which is now being translated into a strong programme of work for 2018 through to 2019 with the aim of holding a solo exhibition during 2019. The two main themes are likely to be my Trees & Roots series (including screenprints with embedded woodcuts) combined with some new watercolour, pencil and pen and ink mixed media drawings. I also intend making some new ceramic sculptures (again as part of the Trees & Roots body of work) for that show.
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