Hi all, and greetings from my tiny back bedroom studio, where even a 50 x 50cm painting feels large, and I don't have my full range of paints, materials or tools. Still, these are first world problems, and I am ever mindful of the fact that I have the luxury to social distance, and a … Continue reading From a smaller studio
The area my studio is located in, Kelham Island, is a rapidly changing place. When I got to Sheffield in 1990 it was a decayed landscape; half derelict factories, some still housing light industry, set among the wasteland of it's industrial past. Nobody lived there, after sundown it's main visitors were the kerb crawlers and … Continue reading Nightlife
Shocked that I haven't posted anything since July last year, or updated the Artworks section to include all of my last 15 months output. Take it as a consequence of the the realities of life as a self-representing artist. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are my main media platforms, and attractive to me because they seem … Continue reading It’s been a while
The requistioning of horses during the 1914-18 war gave Sheffield's industry a considerable problem. The horse was still the main means of transport, including that of moving goods and industrial plant around the City. One company came up with an unusual solution to the problem; Thomas Wards, a scrap dealer, leased an elephant from a … Continue reading Back on the street
Last day of my exhibition today - For Those In Peril..' at Gage Gallery, Ball Street, Sheffield S3 8EN 11am - 6pm. 205 visitors to date, which is good for a show in the second floor of a factory complex in Sheffield's industrial hinterland, and I have really enjoyed watching the way viewers have engaged … Continue reading Last day of the show
July 4th 1942, and Arctic Convoy PQ17 is under heavy attack by Torpedo Bombers flown from Luftwaffe air bases in Norway and Finland. The Navarino has already been abandoned and wallows ablaze in the water. The convoy is 240 miles east of Bear Island, and 800 miles still to go. On the Panamanian registered freighter … Continue reading The Troubadour’s tale
My first solo show in a gallery since 2014, and my most ambitous project yet. For those in peril.. will include 18 paintings, 4 sculptures and an ambient audio backing, and will take the viewer on a journey from Liverpool to Murmansk and back, seeking to evoke a sense of what it was like to … Continue reading For those in peril..