November 2007 - Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
April 2006 - OisÍn Gallery, Dublin
Selected Art Fairs & other exhibitions:
May 2008 - Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition (winner of Art de Caf award)
March 2008 - The Affordable Art Fair, London
March 2008 - Glasgow Art Fair
November 2007 - Edinburgh Art Fair
October 2007 - Art London art fair
April 2007 - Glasgow Art Fair
November 2006 - Edinburgh Art Fair
June 2006 - Aspect Art prize exhibition, Paisley Art Institute
April 2005 - Glasgow Art Fair
September 2008 - OisÍn Gallery 30th Anniversary show
November 2008 - Solo show Art de Caf, Glasgow
January 2009 - London Art Fair, Islington (with Gallery One)
My recent work looks at what happens when people come face to face with the art and architecture of the past.
My paintings explore our ambivalent relationship with the past, how we connect to or feel alienated by our cultural heritage. In some pictures the juxtaposition of exhibits and gallery visitors brings together the different worlds of past and present, and a clash of values seems to take place; in others, something seems to connect artwork and viewer so that their two worlds become one.
Sometimes the classical architecture of art museums and public buildings can seem like the ghost of a cultural past that lingers on after its time has passed. It enshrines the classical certainties that were once the foundation stone of our culture, but which can today now seem redundant clichés. Yet in a certain light it can seem to come back to life, conveying a sense of timelessness and mystery. In paintings of architecture I seek to capture those moments when the past seems to speak most vocally.
My compositions often create a deliberately restricted view of the figures and settings, making them ambiguous or even unidentifiable. They leave enigmatic clues or hints as to who and where the figures are, and what they are looking at (or not looking at, as the case may be)' like the fragmentary elements of a dream that viewers can piece together into scenarios of their own.