Vanishing futures I moved studio to my back bedroom in March, and since then I have painted 3 works, sold four, and massively improved my sourdough skills to the point of adequacy. It's been an interesting time, our daily walks in the evening taking us through the urban woodland of unbuildable land and allotments … Continue reading Vanishing Futures
Continuing to push myself, I arrive at sometimes surprising places. Forest is a case in point. One of a new series that may someday emerge, this is drawn from the White Goddess myths, with a smattering of Mythago Wood, but was inspired by The Cure's 'A Forest'. Whilst I have not achieved what I wanted … Continue reading The Forest – a side project
Sitting here in the gallery seems a good moment to reflect on my latest show. This is the second of my explorations into the exhibition as a sequential narrative, and unlike For Those In peril all the paintings were completed before I wrote the narrative. The show includes 25 paintings, completed over the last 7 years, … Continue reading Thoughts on A sense of ancient stories
My next exhibition Some feel a connection to the forest, for others it’s the sea, or rocks and crags. Round here it’s the Peaks, but for many the buzz of the urban feels like home. Regardless of where though, it seems that many of us have a deep sense of belonging, of place, reinforced by … Continue reading A sense of ancient stories
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
Last year I stumbled across the old Guest & Chrimes steelworks in Rotherham, part demolished in a wasteland behind the football ground. The site has inspired a number of paintings, and the first of these is Reflections on a memory. The painting is intended as a comment on the sense of loss and isolation that … Continue reading Reflections on a memory
Well, it took longer to hang than we expected, but the Little Kelham Urban Art Gallery is now hung. 13 murals, 12 painted and one made of hand crafted tiles, 7 of them mine. It was certainly an interesting journey completing this one, and stretched me massively as both an artist and project manager. I'm … Continue reading KurbArt done, looking ahead.