This work now resides in Westminster Abbey's Permanent Collections:
On Tuesday, 20th June the exhibition Turmeric: Four British Artists in India opened in an Indian-summer blast of heat and colour. The artwork spread over two floors of the gallery Daniel Raphael on Church Street, Marylebone.
The exhibition displayed work made by Tyga Helme, Christabel Forbes and myself, with an accompanying pamphlet my Matthew Cunningham.
Here are some pictures from the private view:
Thank you to all those who came to the show, either on the private view or during the run.
My class and I ended our 10 weeks at the National Gallery by drawing from Chris Ofili's tapestry commissioned by the Clothworker's Guild. Brilliant drawings all round.
I have just returned from a month's artist residency on the Dumfries House Estate in Ayrshire. I've left behind my dream studio and daily country walks. An incredibly peaceful and productive place.
I was included in this final exhibition of BAES (the Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions), April 2017, South-East London.
there are systems within systems overlapping with and connected to other systems composed of individuals. the intersection of these systems within a physical space created its own temporary sub system. as the physical space is removed the sub system loses none of its components. on the 6th april we will have a final merging of system before diffusing into our larger collective.
it has been wonderful.
Here are some photos of the private view of my solo exhibition Sacred Space; Drawings and Paintings of Westminster Abbey. The exhibitions was held at St Margaret’s Westminster.
The exhibition ran 9-16 February 2017.
All the photos are by brilliant photographer Angus Knights.
January 2017 - Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi
The four of us, Christabel Forbes, Tyga Helme, Mathew Cunningham and myself, put together a select show of work made whilst in India.
Each year, four RDS alumni are sent for a three-month residency at IIFA (International Institute of Fine Arts in Modinagar, India), both as artists and as drawing tutors, working with the institute’s foundation-level students. For the Drawing School’s alumni this is an exciting and valuable opportunity to develop their artistic practice in a new and stimulating environment. It challenges them as drawing tutors to find ways of overcoming differences in language as well as in artistic and educational heritage to teach drawing from observation to a group of young students for whom this skill has not formed a significant part of their art education. For the students at IIFA, the residency is an opportunity to learn drawing from a group of talented young artists who have themselves been taught by the Drawing School’s distinguished faculty of practicing artists and who have developed their own teaching skills as tutors to the children attending the School’s Royal Drawing Clubs. This unique international educational partnership expresses the determination of both organisations to provide a rich mix of opportunities for their students.
I was selected along with Christabel Forbes, Tyga Helme and Matthew Cunningham. Over the three months we travelled, lived, worked and taught together and it was wonderful.
The four of us ended up teaching the whole art school; foundation, painters, applied arts and fashion trying to invigorate their practice with new ideas and techniques.
We also spent some time at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi. This is an artist residency with live/work studios and we exhibited our work there at the end.
Here are some of the pictorial highlights of the residency:
It was a pleasure to be included in the group exhibition Constructing Nature curated by Clare Dudeney.
Another fun term teaching at the Royal Drawing School's Clubs for Young Artists.
I spent three weeks in Ayrshire, Scotland on the Dumfries House Estate. The body of work that I made here was unexpected and exciting.
February - August 2016
This residency at Westminster Abbey gave me the opportunity to spend an extended period in this amazing, historical building. I wondered in and out of the Abbey at will, drawing under towering tombs and behind roped off areas. Often I would stay from opening to evensong, dropping in a few days here and there amongst my other commitments.
I found it incredibly challenging drawing the interior because Westminster Abbey is not like those Dutch Golden Age paintings of huge open spaces but is segmented into many little chapels, all crowded with tombs, stonework and memorials. In some corners it was almost too dark to draw as I turned my board from the hoards of tourists passing through each day.
After some months I became aware of what really caught my attention and my pencil, which was the aisle around the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the surrounding chapels and much of my work is focussed there.
I have been teaching with the Royal Drawing Schools Club's for Young Artists. This term has been at Whitechapel Gallery which has an amazing space in its roof.
Drawing from the Bicycle Thieves
Nov. 19, 2015 – Nov. 24, 2015
Christie's London hosted our "The Best of the Drawing Year" buyers night and exhibition. It showed select works from the Royal Drawing School's postgraduate show 2014/15.
My two works on show were an etching The Complete Works and a large drawing Ev'n from the Tomb.