I have found that the paintings I most admire are usually figurative which has influenced me to pursue that discipline with my own work. It is not my sole interest however. I use Abstract elements varying from simple sheets of colour to textured impasto and decorative pattern to complement the figure. These abstract elements may work simply as a background or may encroach over the figure creating a more dynamic interplay between the abstract and the real. I feel that the contrast between the highly disciplined pursuit of naturalistic figurative painting and the freedom of working with abstraction provides balance in my work on both a visual and conceptual level.
Biography: I was born and raised in Fort William, on the West Coast of Scotland. In 1996 I moved to Aberdeen to study painting at Grays School of Art. I now currently reside and paint in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland. I have exhibited throughout the UK and in Dublin, Ireland. I have work held in private collections in the UK, Ireland, US, Thailand, Spain and France. Awards 2000, David Gordon Memorial trust award Selected Exhibitions 2000, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen Graduate Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery, Crief Young Scottish Painters, Phillips Auctioneers, Edinburgh New Faces, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh 2001, Neaps Annual Exhibition, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen 2002, Grays Former Student Biennial Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery 2003, Neaps Annual Exhibition, Woodend Art Centre, Aberdeen Three Scotsmen, The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen Summer Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Affordable Art Fair, London Christmas Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh 2004, The Affordable Art Fair, Spring, London Figures of Eight, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Show, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Christmas Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh 2005, The Affordable Art Fair, Spring, London 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Beneath The Surface, Curated by Headquarter Contemporary Art, in association with The Albemarle Gallery, At Holman Fenwick & Willan, Marlow House, Lloyd’s Avenue, London Winter Salon at The Albemarle gallery, London W1. 2006, Recent works, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen Mixed exhibition, Oisin Gallery, Dublin The Affordable Art Fair, London Christmas exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh 2007, Shades of Gray, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Cambridge art fair Modern Figure, The Oisin Gallery, Dublin
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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