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Born in 1948, Liverpool now living in Widnes, Merseyside.

Bluecoat Grammar School 1952 to 1967

S. Katharine's Teacher Training 1967 to 1970

Taught in schools in Merseyside and Powys, Wales until retiring in 2011.

 

I began painting during the Op Art movement, of the 1960s, facinated by the relationship between line and colour developing a perceptual abstract approach. Continuing to experiment with shape, balance and relationship of line and colour tone it became clear to me that each work has its own unique set of design principles. My investigation lead to a geometric abstract paintings characterised by boldness and minimalist simplicity.

 

My recent work investigates the relationship between line and space in the city. How shape and line in buildings interact, old and new structures sit together, with spaces of sky, how light reflects and interacts with the viewer’s perspective and position to capture tonal changes. A vibrant urban landscape full of energy and mood. Paintings combine hard-edge abstraction stripping non essential detail with contextual figurative representation.  Visual art, architecture and relationship of line fused in a single form.

Artist's Statement

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Exhibitions

2012 – Halton Open, The Brindley Art Centre Runcorn

2013 – Liverpool Art Fair: Camp & Furnace

2013 – Long listed for the Liverpool John Moors Prize

2014 –Solo exhibition: Colour and Line Connections, dot-art, Liverpool

2014 – IFB (International Festival of Business), Liverpool

2014 – Warrington Contemporary Art Festival

2015 – Halton Open, The Brindley Art Centre Runcorn

2015 – ArtMerseywide, Editions Gallery, Liverpool (best of Open Art)

2015 – Illusion's Parade, Camp & Furnace 2015 (Bridging Science & Art)

2015  Warrington Festival of Contemporary Art

2016 – dot-art new gallery exhibition, Liverpool

2016 – Liverpool Art Fair: The Gallery Liverpool

2016 - Halton Open, The Brindley Art Centre Runcorn

2017 - Liverpool Art Fair, Pier Head Village, dot-art, Liverpool

2017 - Chester Art Centre Exhibition Paths (MAPs)

2017 - Warrington Contemporary Art Festival

2018 - Solo Exhibition: Metamorphosis including commissioned OMD art supported by OMD live performance, dot-art, Liverpool

2018 - Liverpool Art Fair, Pier Head Village, dot-art, Liverpool

2019 - Liverpool Art Fair, Metquarter, dot-art, Liverpool

2019 - Warrington Festival of Contemporary Art

2019 - Liverpool Christmas Collection, dot-art, Liverpool

2019 - British Music Experience OMD Exhibition, Liverpool

2020 - Liverpool Lightnight 15th May At Home online exhibition

Representations/Commissions

December 2012 – Joined dot-art, Liverpool

February 2014 – Joined Castlefield Gallery Associates

May 2014 – New studio at Widnes Art Space

June 2014 – Bryn Davies Image reproduction & printing, Indigenous design

October 2014 – Rex Project retail initiative, Liverpool

January 2016 – Commission OMD album cover 'The Punishment of Luxury'

February 2016 – Rex Project retail initiative, Bold Street Liverpool 

May 2017 – Commission OMD Single designs

July 2018 – Commission Friends of OMD Phone Box 'Red Frame White Light' window design, Greenwood Road, Meols, Wirral

January 2020 - Commission OMD poster for Royal Albert Hall Concert

May 2020 - Supporting NHS appeal with dot-art 'At Home All's Well'

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Media/Press Releases

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Connections to other artists/groups -

MAPs Art Group, based in Widnes and Runcorn is a group of artists, John Petch, Natalie McGahan and Keith Wilkinson who came together on the closure of the Widnes Art Space managed by Castlefield Gallery. They have formed a group to promote their art in the community and collaboratively in joint projects and exhibitions. Each member has an established area of art expertise. They are working towards their first exhibition on a joint theme of 'Paths' August 2017.

 

dot-art (www.dot-art.co.uk) is an art consultancy and promotions organisation, managed by Lucy Byrne, and at the forefront of art initiatives in the Liverpool area. I am a member and have all my work displayed and for sale, dot-art, has a number of resident artists who are offered commissions and opportunities to exhibit.

 

Castlefield Gallery Agency (www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk) manages Art Spaces, studios, exhibitions and art booster initiatives for artists in the North West. Artists can subscribe to become an Associate Member which allows many benefits including individual development opportunities and launch pads.

 

kin2kin (www.kin2kin.co.uk) a directory of Liverpool's creative talent. Joined May 2015