Statement

I am a Bristol based artist, specialising in printmaking.  My geometric abstract prints exploit the potential of intaglio and relief processes to create images that are bold, striking and intriguing.

I am interested in the aesthetic power of images and their capacity to affect us in ways beyond or beneath the conscious.  The interplay of physical (visual) experiences with our cognitive processes enables means of communication outside the limits of signification or representation.  My aim is that people will experience or 'feel' my work, without searching for a literal or representational reference; that the image itself will evoke a strong response, whether that be pleasure, joy, satisfaction or discomfort.

I draw influence from mid twentieth century 'modernist' artists, such as Ben Nicholson, Agnes Martin, Jean Arp, Ellsworth Kelly and Joseph Albers, whose geometric abstractions focussed on the spectator's experience of colour., line and shape without referencing any external aspect of the world.  Geometric shapes are the source material for my images.  These are derived from the structures that surround us, both natural and human made, but without association with a specific place or object.  

Through the arrangement of forms and lines, and the harmonious or disharmonious juxtaposition of colours, I focus on creating a sense of compositional balance or imbalance, of tension or calm, of movement or stasis.  I am interested in the themes of contradiction and dissonance.  Strong and powerful geometric forms being softened by the subtle addition of complex grid patterns and the gentle surface tones created by the etched copper surface in the negative spaces.

I am currently studying for an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE in Bristol, finishing in June 2019.  I am represented by Agora Contemporary and have recently exhibited work at The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, Buy Art, Manchester and Fresh Art, Cheltenham.  During 2019, I shall be with Agora at Fresh Art (Cheltenham, April), The Affordable Art Fair (Hampstead, May) and The Affordable Art Fair (Battersea, October).