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My work is engaged with the interconnected effects of trade, people, place, story and memory on identity. Using hand mixed oils with raw pigments I create abstract images which resonate with forgotten stories, creating spaces to remember.
The indigo series use fair traded indigo as the pigment of choice. Both because of its amazing and slightly unpredictable capacity for colour variations and interaction with oil painting media and because of the history of indigo in international trade which reaches back to classical times.
The Lost girl series are a meditation on the role of memory, lost story and identity within the context of contemporary society and use traditional media to link back to the history of art, mark-making and what it means to be human.
I aim to create a conversation between the quiet symbolism that occurs in my work by using these carefully selected pigments and contemporary people and lives lived now. In creating the work I am performing an act of remembrance of the role of trade and mark making in creating the culture and society we live in. The form of the work, creating space on a flat surface, is an invitation to the viewer to fall in, to get a little lost and to remember.
Coming up this Autumn/Winter Season
Free Painters and Sculptors at the Muse Gallery October 2 to 7th
The Muse at 269 - Gallery / Studio
269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR London, United Kingdom
Roys People Art Fair, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK November 1-4 2018
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn, New York USA November 7-11 2018
SFSA Painting, Deptford London December 2018
Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery, Mixed Painting , Highgate High St, London
The Curious Duke Gallery Summer Exhibition: White Cross Street, London EC1Y2018
The Other Art Fair, Bristol, 26-29 July 2018
The London Open 2018 , ICI on digital display on screen at the Whitechapel Gallery June-September 2018
East Finchley Open Artist’s Houses June30-July1 and July7- 8 2018
Roy’s People Art Fair, Barge House Oxo Tower Wharf, 12-15 April 2018
Ideal Home Show- London, Why Not Art stand - digital display and catalogue 17.3-2.4.18
Trace Elements, Deptford Does Art Gallery, Deptford High St, London 8-28 Feb 2018
Private view 8.2.18 7-11
In conversation with Sarah Needham, Paul Anderson Morrow and Matthew Gould, hosted by Rosalind Davis 24.2.18 7pm
Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ . Jan - April2018
SFSA Painting Open 17, No Format Gallery, 7-18 December 2017
Roy's People Art Fair, Islington, London14-17th September 2017
Creekside Open 2017 selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery May 2017
Art Fair Malaga, Palacio de Ferias y Congresses de Malaga, Malaga 2017: Exhibited digitally.
Small Experiments in Colour, Queen's Wood Cafe, Highgate June 2017
The Talented Artist Fair, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR (Whitechapel tube)
17/18/19 March 2017
The Thames: The ARTery of London, Curator: Angus Pryor, St Katharine Docks Dec2016
Sugar And Spice, Devon House, St Katherine Docks: Curator: Angus Pryor Aug- Sept2016
Both Ends Of Madness, Sassoon Gallery Folkestone. Curator: Angus Prior 22July 2016
Nautical Perspectives, St Katherine Docks, curated by Angus Pryor May 2016
Whenever I feel Blue I Start Breathing, Earl's Court Project Rooms, June -July 2016
Open Studios: Open Art Spaces, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea June-July 2016
Open studios:Kensington and Fulham Open Art Spaces, Pocket Arts 2015
Place and Proximity, Austin Forum, Hammersmith, Pocket Arts 2015
Refuse Reuse, Kensington, Pocket Arts 2015
Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2014
Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2013
Competitions and Juried Shows
2018 Long listed for the Secret Art Prize, and let’s see what happens next!
2018-Selected for round 2 Aesthetica Art Prize
2017 Creekside Open- Jordan Baseman selection at the APT Gallery
Community Art Projects and Interactive Events
Interactive Events / Community Arts
In conversation with Rosalind Davis: Rosalind Davis will be interviewing the three artists involved in Trace Elements in a walk around the gallery on Saturday the 24th Feb from 7pm, interrogating the three different approaches Sarah Needham, Paul Anderson Morrow and Matthew Gould take to their practice. This is a free event, you are welcome to attend.
Willoughby Gallery Project: Initial research in process: this has involved oral history collections and will include repeated photographic walks and a school based workshop culminating in an exhibition at the gallery
Both Ends of Madness Symposium, Thursday 21st July 6-8pm Sassoon Gallery Folkestone
Sunday Lunch Confessions Open Art Spaces 2016
Place and Proximity Interactive Artists Event Pocket Arts 2015,
Art For Fort’s Sake Coordinated this community fund raising event with Fortismere School Art Department included parents, student and community exhibition, and interactive events 2015
2015 to2016: collecting food stories from people engaged with markets,
Splat Messy Play 2006-9 a messy play group for children under 5 and their parents / carers, Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church
Art Week: Manorside JMI and N family work shops 2008
Previous Art Work: 1989-2000 Exhibited in various galleries and alternative spaces in London and included in a group show in the Barbican with VSO. Followed by a period of child care.
Graduated with a 2.1in 1989 in Fine Art and Education from Hatfield Polytechnic. Reflecting a long term interest in trade and international economic and cultural realtionships graduated with MSc in Develoment Studies from South Bank University in 1994 and went on to study Traditional Chinese Ink painting with Prof Ding of Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang, China 1995-7.
Why Not Art from December 2017
Luminaire Arts from March 2018
Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery: Work from the Darkness and Light series currently on show in the gallery with more available through the website.