After a professional career to date in computing, automotive design, animation, photography, and multimedia, I have now embarked on a long-held desire to create sculpture.
I have been interested and involved in the creative use of computers since a time long before many people were aware of computers at all, let alone any creative applications for them – but years of working with the “invisible” and immense complexity of computer hardware and software has led to a “rebellion” in me, associated with a desire to exploit the manual skills I have developed over many years with hand tools and (relatively) simple materials – I have done my time struggling with a form that is beyond the wit of one man (of any level of intellect) to understand fully, and wish to work with something that, although I still expect a struggle of course, is within my grasp to understand, and to reach a satisfactory creative conclusion.
I have held a life-long interest in modern sculpture, with particular admiration for artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Smith, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp, Eduardo Chillida, Denis Mitchell, etc, etc. I also have an awareness of the massive heritage in mask design and building by “primitive” cultures around the world, including Africa, Central and North America, and Oceania.
These interests and experiences, together with other influences arising from involvement in automotive design & manufacture, animation, heritage transport, and photography, have given rise to my current practice, working mostly in sheet metal to produce items mainly of a natural feel, but with very mechanical and slightly dark undertones.
Exhibitions during 2012 include National Trust Mottisfont; Arlington Arts Centre; Kingham Lodge; Beaulieu; Royal Landscape Savill Garden; National Trust Hidcote Manor; Basingstoke Ark Centre.