I am a painter / printmaker inspired by urban landscape. I am interested in issues of gentrification, social housing, regeneration and the flux of city environments. Fascinated by the spaces people inhabit, the traces they leave and the capacity of places to absorb memories and experiences, I am drawn to locations that are often overlooked or derided.
For the past 5 years I have been exploring Park Hill, the Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture. The site is currently undergoing regeneration with part of the estate transformed into shiny, luxury flats, whilst the rest remains boarded up and derelict. It is the un-refurbished parts of Park Hill that I find most inspiring, where the memories and layers of the past are almost tangible. My intention was to create observational images that spoke of the displacement of the existing communities and the transience of the urban landscape.
For my paintings I have tried to work with materials that have a physical connection to the estate itself, namely concrete and spray paint (referencing the graffiti). I have cast concrete into small canvases to work on directly, as a metaphor for the estate.
The work is layered and time consuming, employing spray paints and micro masking tapes to build up flat zones of colour and then oil painting for fine detail finishing.
I have also investigated the same subject in print. In 2015 I was awarded a 2 year Fellowship to learn stone lithography at Leicester Print Workshop under the tutelage of expert lithographer Serena Smith (www.serenasmith.org) along with Icelandic artist Nina Oskarsdottir (www.ninaoskarsdottir.wordpress.com). This involves direct mark making onto slabs of limestone from which multiple prints can be taken. To marry my prints with my paintings, many of the lithographs have been printed on to Japanese paper and then collaged on to concrete.
Most of my work is for sale and I am also available for commisions. Many of my concrete paintings are also available as limited edition giclee prints.