My multi-disciplinary practice reflects my discontent with the status quo. I address my environmental and societal concerns through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made. Whether presenting my psychogeographic experiences of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of text and interpretation, I confront viewers with work which can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for understanding.

Working most often with woodcut, I create prints and paintings with short texts set within a visual context that might borrow from the pop culture of my youth, geometric abstraction or the found-patterns occuring within woodgrain or other natural forms. In both the graphic and performative elements of my practice, I operate in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. I intend the work to be imbued with a sense of gift and generosity; that I am journeying and working for others, for the common good. Even when the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, I intend to deliver it with love. The work comes from a love of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. I am committed to reaching non-exclusive audiences so you might find me in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking public venues for my projects, such as K6 Gallery in two decommissioned phoneboxes.

 

As a curator, I achieve my objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for young and emerging artists.

 

 

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION:

 

Born 1962, Littleport, UK.  

 

MA Fine Art, 2014-15: Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2011-14: Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Foundation in Art and Design, 1981-82: Cambridge School of Art

 

 

SOLO/DUO EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

 

2018 A Walk for Stanley - solo walking project, Instagram #aWalkForStanley

2017 Imagined Futures - K6 Gallery, Southampton

2017 For Such a Time as This - OHOS, Reading

2016  A Gaol Ballad and Other Assorted Love Songs (with Amy-Rose Holland) - OHOS, Reading

2016 WordUp! Multi-site collaboration with Robert Fitzmaurice for Reading's Year of Culture

2015  ecologies of optimism and dissent - Jam Factory, Oxford

2014  I'm glad you're alive! (with Lydia Heath) - OHOS, Reading

2013  Peter Driver: Woodcuts - Winchester Discovery Centre

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

 

2020

ArtAgainstCovid - online, in aid of grassroots non-profits in the North West

Saturated Space - Sandham Memorial Chapel, performance at p.v.

 

2019 

silence | absence - Broad Street Mall, Reading

Let Us Dissent - SPUDworks, Sway

The Arborealists and Guests - The Art of Trees -Turbine House, Reading

Triangulations - OHOS, Reading

In The Round - Chapel Arts, Andover

 

2018

Only The Sunny Hours: contemporary photography with a KODAK Brownie 127 - OHOS, Reading

Block_Chain>The Power of Two - online residency at CAS Andover

 

2017

Winter Print Salon - ONCA Gallery, Brighton

ChaosContrastsChange - OHOS, Reading

Footprints - Winchester School of Art, (for the University of Southampton Festival of Doctoral Research)

 

2016

Fire & Water (curator) - OHOS, Reading

 

2015

Accretion (co-curator) - Brightbyte Studio, Southampton

10Days Winchester: CHALK - Winchester Gallery, Winchester

The Laboratory of Dissent - Winchester Gallery, Winchester

Andover March for Optimism - Andover Town Centre, 2015

Meeting Point - Crypt Gallery, London

Desire Lines, (curator) - OHOS, Reading

Print as a Verb, (co-curator with Chris Mercier) - OHOS, Reading

 

2014

Platform Graduate Award 2014 - Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

Someone & Something - Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

Tabula Rasa - The Bargehouse, London

Encounters, Andover: Andover High Street, 2014

Hanging Tough - OHOS, Reading

March for Optimism - Winchester City Centre, 2014

Insight 2014 - New Greenham Arts, Newbury

Recent History (co-curator with Elly Langlois) - Brooks Centre, Winchester

Transmediale Festival - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (group installation)

 

2013

Raison D'etre - Mottisfont National Trust, Hants

No Working Title - Tate Modern, London

Space for Peace - Winchester Cathedral 2013, (curated by Kimvi Nguyen)

Art&Ride - part of 10Days Festival, Winchester , 2013

Outlook Changeable - OHOS, Reading

Searching, always - Gallery 49, Bracknell

 

2012

Echo - OHOS, Reading

 

2011

Would You Like and Why Not? - OHOS, Reading

Still The Day: artists' responses to Holy Week - St Peter's, Caversham

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

A Walk For Stanley' 2019 (available from Peculiarity Press here)

thirteen days in spring: walking in relation to the kindness of strangers, 2012

(available from blurb.co.uk here )

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

Block_Chain>The Power of Two, online residency at

block-chain.chapelartsstudios.co.uk, 2018

Basing House archaeological dig, Hampshire: artist in residence, July-August 2013

 

 

AWARDS

 

Arts Council for England grant for the arts to develop March for Optimism, Andover (as part of Chapel Arts Studios pop-up project 'The Bureau of Exchange')

 

 

COLLECTIONS:

 

Winchester School of Art (alumni collection)

University of Southampton (artists books collection)

University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology

Reading Borough Council

 

 

TEACHING:

 

Teaching Fellow in Fine Art (part-time), Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, 2016-present