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Artist Statement

“My work is concerned with emulating an aspect, or aspects of the first-hand visible world of landscape, still life and the figure. Painting is for me, primarily, a personal homage to visual experience, to ‘The Existent’, an activity in which the task is to conjure and edit series of colours and marks and compositions that give as true a form as possible to my vision. I hope that viewers of my work will identify with its source, or come to perceive its source - or parts of its source - from looking afresh at the world.

“I do not attempt to copy appearances exactly, because the world is in a constant state of flux and therefore impossible to pin down. Neither do I disregard the place for the conceptual, but would wish it to be subservient to and derive from the senses. I believe that the permutations available to painters that wish to work directly from nature, but in a new and vital way are inexhaustible. All this is not to say that a painter's sustenance is found purely from a direct collaboration with nature but also from an awareness of historical and contemporary art.” 

From 'The Tables Turned’ (The Lyrical Ballads) 

'One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the law that nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things;
- We murder to dissect.'

William Wordsworth (1798)

Biographical Details

2011-2016 Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, The Sheffield, Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University
2008-2014 Faculty Member and Senior Tutor, The Prince’s Drawing School, London  (since 2014, The Royal Drawing School)
2001-03 The City and Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art - Painting 
1996-97 The Institute of Education, University of London (Since 2015 the UCL Institute of Education)
1981-84 Sheffield Hallam University, BA (Hons) Fine Art
1980-81 Gloucestershire College of Art and Design

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2011 ING Discerning Eye, Prizewinner 
Invited by Brian Sewell (Chief Art Critic, London Evening Standard)

Past Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2013 ‘Derivations and New Directions’, Browse & Darby, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 ‘Recording Britain Now: Society’, The Electrician’s Gallery Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, The John Ruskin Prize (in association with the V&A)
2016 ‘Recording Britain Now: Society’, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The John Ruskin Prize shortlist (in association with The Arts Council England)
2016 The London Art Fair (with Browse & Darby)
2015 Christmas Exhibition, Browse & Darby, London
2015 Expo Chicago (with Browse & Darby)
2014 Christmas Exhibition, Browse & Darby, London
2013 ‘Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition’, Kings Place Gallery, London
2012-14 London Art Fair (with Browse & Darby)
2011 The London Art Fair (with Browse & Darby) 
2011 Art Chicago (with Browse & Darby)
2008 Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries, London, finalist 
2008 ‘Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire’ His Life & Art Collection, Buxton Art Gallery - on tour
2005-7 ‘Memories of Andrew Devonshire’, Chatsworth
2005 The Hunting Art Prizes, The Royal College of Art, London
2003/4 ‘Atlantic’, Fosterart Ltd, London (with Rebecca Salter & Robin Rose) in association with the Howard Scott Gallery, New York

Public & Corporate Collections

The Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, Chatsworth & Lismore Castle
The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc, New York 
The Finnish Embassy
The National Trust
Sheffield Hallam University

Private Collections

UK, Europe, USA & Japan


'The New English' (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988​
'Accidents of Fortune' (2004, p115) by A Devonshire
'Memories of Andrew Devonshire' (2007, p65) by D Devonshire
Threadneedle Prize, 2008 (Illustrated catalogue essay, 2008, p23 &53) In Praise of Figurative Art, catalogue by K Wright
'Derivations and New Directions' ​e-catalogue, Browse & Darby (2013)