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.
In 2016 I was commissioned by the band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to produce artwork for the cover of their thirteenth Studio Album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ with further covers and related work. In 2018/9 completing a design for the windows of the phone box, in Meols, made famous through OMD’s second single release ‘Red Frame White Light’.
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
2020 - Liverpool Christmas Collection, dot-art, Liverpool
2021 - Liverpool Christmas Collection, dot-art, Liverpool
2022 - Displayed paintings conference at Liverpool Arena
2022 - Liverpool Christmas Collection, dot-art, Liverpool
2023 - Around the World in Black & White, Exhibition, dot-art, Liverpool
2023 - Liverpool Art Fair, Liver Building, dot-art, Liverpool
2023 - Innside Solo Exhibition with dot-art at Melia Hotel Liverpool
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
Working with Lukman Sinclair image reproduction & fine art printing
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
2019 - Liverpool Art Book published number of images included
2019 - 'At Home All's Well' print profit going to Covid NHS appeal
January 2020 - Commission OMD poster for Royal Albert Hall Concert
May 2020 - Supporting NHS appeal with dot-art 'At Home All's Well'
January 2022 - Commission OMD poster for Royal Albert Hall Concert
February 2022 - Commission OMD art design for RAH Live Album Release
2022 - Commission OMD artwork for Bauhaus Starcase
2023 - Release OMD Bauhaus Starcase 27th October
June 2023 - Commission Iron Men of Crosby near Liverpool
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