an artist from a working class background, I have always felt
somewhat of an Outsider in the contemporary art world and
this is reflected in my choice of image. I paint people on
the edge of society, often struggling to fit in. I try to
circumnavigate the usual art bullshit and create direct and
passionate imagery which will connect with a wide audience.
past few years I have been painting urban tableaux derived
from real street incidents and characters. These pictures
have been a bit too strong for the usual commercial galleries
and buyers, who seem to prefer their shocks to be intellectual
rather than visceral.
on the painting): It was a real incident. I was in a charity
shop, when this bloke came in. He was screaming obscenities
into a mobile and sweating. He was carrying cans of Tennents
and sweating, and was obviously on something. He was very
agitated. The words that are written on the painting are what
he said to the woman behind the counter in the charity shop.
After he'd left the shop, the woman behind the counter was
quite shaken up, and I said I would paint it - it's the type
of thing I paint. She looked at me as if I was mad. It just
one of those sharp emotional urban moments that I paint.
Education: Myers Grove Comprehensive, Sheffield; North
East London Polytechnic (BA Fine Art).
Exhibitions: Open Space Gallery, London; Museum of
London; ICA New Contemporaries; Alternative
Arts, London; Battersea Arts Centre, London; ACAVA Central
Space, London; Candid Gallery, London; Dock Street Galleries,
London; Cleveland Gallery; Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich; Philip
Graham Gallery, London; West Soho Gallery, London; The Worx,
London; William Jackson Gallery, London; Phoenix Arts Centre,
Leicester; Whitechapel Open, London; Air Gallery, London.
'From the Street: paintings and drawings' (Editions Aubrey
Walter); 'The Sexual Perspective' (Routledge); 'Damn Fine
Collections: Museum of London, private collections.