About My Practice

‘Our Place in the Pattern' Neil MacGregor 

 

'Our Place in the Pattern' this is how MacGregor titles his first chapter in his book 'Living With the Gods'. 

 

Though he is concerned with communities, I like to think of my practice in these terms too – at a personal level it is also (as he suggests) an exploration of the way we experience the natural world and its repeating rhythms, a constant dialogue between memories, feelings and associations and the great scheme of things.

 

And these concerns are reflected in my making processes too. I rely on intuition, abstraction and instinct; practices which seem to echo the ideas of repetition, pattern, chance, and chaos that underpin the creation and complexity of the universe.

 

Perhaps this allows me two things : a brief insight into the dynamics of time and space, and reinforcement of my insignificance in a colossal universe; very clearly establishing my place in the pattern.

 

A few facts 

I have been painting for over 25 years and am mostly self-taught, but I’ve had a professional practice since graduating from the Newlyn School of Art Professional Mentoring Programme in 2018 where I was tutored by some of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and teachers.

 

I have exhibited at several galleries in Cornwall and at pop-up events near London, and my work hangs in private collections in the UK, France, the Philippines, Canada and Japan.

Timeline
2019
October              Solo show 'Gara Connected Forms',
                             Camberley, Surrey
2018 
Graduate from Newlyn School of Art Professional Mentoring Programme 
November 2018  'Aquarium' Group Show
                                PZ Gallery, Penzance
Summer 2018     Chapel House Gallery, Penzance
 
Qualifications & Publications
2015                        MA Stage 1 (Distinction) Art History
                                Open University                                                                                                   
                                Academic paper 'An Examination of  Contradiction? Filipino Identity and Juan Luna's  Spoliarium' 
June 2008            Winchester Writer's Conference     Short Story Finalist - 'Wooden Eyes' (Highly Commended)
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