Born in Brighton, I graduated in 2018 with a First Class Honours from Camberwell college of Art in Fine Art Drawing. Whilst in my third year, I won the Richard Ford Award which entailed a month long residency in Spain, studying works in the National art museum of Spain: The Museo del Prado in Madrid. Following graduation I have exhibited in small galleries and continued to make Artwork utilising the medium of drawing.
I currently own and run an independent gallery in Brighton, King's Arch Gallery which serves as a studio and gallery/event space. The work that I have recently been producing focuses on the pervasive nature of capitalism and its influence on society. History has been a major factor in all my work, especially since 2017 when I began to look at the influence of certain omnipresent issues within society and politics, particularly in regards to racial dynamics in Britain. This can still be seen in the images that I layer through my work and the themes that I reference such as the origin of capitalism and its progression from Medieval Feudalism, through Renaissance Europe to the colonial period of the 1700's into industrial America, and onward to the present day.
I have produced series of works regarding the representation both in the U.S and U.K of the first peoples of America, using a fluid drawing technique learned while I was educated at the Royal Drawing School in London, and developed while on residency in Madrid. My aim is to educate, challenge and inspire people to think about the way they function within the constraints of these influences on society.
I have also been completing etchings to combine with installation pieces I'm planning on completing, that challenge the influence of mono-theistic patriarchal religions on societal views. Particularly concerning gender and the environmentally catastrophe we now face due to the conceived idea of species supremacy.
My most recent major works, have followed on conceptually from the series I completed after my graduation. Which traced the origin of capitalism from feudal systems of hierarchy in medieval Europe, through the city state period of renaissance Italy to the colonialism of the 15-1800s. depicting the impact of these of the concepts on modern societies present relationship to capitalism.
This time the pieces have focussed on individual connections to the capitalist framework, tracing interaction through spending money, participating in culture and perpetuating beliefs. The visual language an ironic appropriation of the economic attempt to express reality in the visual form of the chart, the graph, the pictogram. Borrowing this form the pieces trace an individuals place in society but as do so in a reductionist manner referencing the futile act of attempting to map something as nuanced as life. Highlighting capitalisms philosophy of quantification the basis of its fundamental principal of reduction. This idea has influenced my work dramatically and with this in principle mind, my work through this series has become less complex utilising the essence of Sergei Eisenstein's theory of intellectual montage whereby a combination of images create an emotional response in the viewer.
I will be attempting to strengthen my ability to employ this principle in my next pieces, these will illustrate the historical link between capitalism and science and how scientific advance has often been under the guise of providing advancement has cemented the hierarchical systems in which we live.