in East London on the edge of Epping Forest. 'Frugal'. Collectors
include the Crown Prince of Oman.
Born Aldershot, Hampshire to army family. Only child.
1953-64 Attended fourteen different schools including Germany and
the Far East
1967-72 Folkestone School of Art, Foundation Course. Waltham Forest
School of Art, Diploma in Art and Design
1972 Wimbledon School of Art, Postgraduate Certificate in Printmaking
1973-74 Worked as deckhand and helmsman on a Rhine river boat. Postman.
1974-76 ARCUK scholarship at the Architectural Association School
1976-88 Part-time art lecturer, antique fair promoter, musical instrument
repairer, builder's assistant labourer
1988- Working week spent between own studio work and Head of Art
& Design, Redbridge Institute, London (pro rata)
1996 MA (Visual Theory), University of East London
1999 Founder member of The Stuckists
2001 Public Artwork Commission millennium sculpture
2004 Featured artist, The Stuckists Punk Victorian, Walker
Art Gallery, for the Liverpool Biennial
2006 Go West show, Spectrum London
Buddhist meditation, Tai Chi and Cajun dancing. Has teenage son
and young daughter.
"I thought I'd done my growing up, but it wasn't till my father
died in 1997 that I realised I had a whole lot further to go."
Goes running in the forest. Visits the Southeast coast whenever
possible. As a result of living in Malaya, developed a life-long
taste for hot, spicy things.
work from life whenever possible. I usually have the subject in
front of me. Some paintings are worked on over a period of years,
others a mere few months. There are many layers - if you were to
X-ray the paintings, you would see a web of significant changes.
It's hard work, but at times I feel elated and in a state of grace,
as things come together. I regularly read books on paint chemistry,
technique, history of art, composition and the perceptual process.
I consider this knowledge an important part of the painter's method."
Gift "The whole idea for the painting came to me in a flash
when I was doing a meditation retreat. I don't want to talk about
the image and the content, because it's a mystery, which the viewer
has to solve and unravel themselves. Superficially it's a woman
sitting behind a table seen through a doorway, but like life it
works on a number of different levels. I'm trying to create paintings
which can be revisited time and time again, so the viewer finds
a growing set of meanings and sensations.
of the text above has been adapted from The
Stuckists Punk Victorian book (National Museums Liverpool)