I am from UK, but emerged with some public recognition in 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland with my first solo show entitled, “TRANSGRESS, ramma fyrir ramma” (frame to frame). Since then, I exhibited subtle yet provocatively honest figurative paintings through many subsequent collections. I have also had a strong affinity with Icelandic artists, resulting in sculptural and theatrical collaborations. Most of the press coverage I have received has been in Reykjavik.
More recently, since my return to UK in 2016, I have been exploring dimensions of consciousness, from existential ‘separateness’ to deeper and more intimate expressions of unity. This journey has marked a significant shift towards a deeper mysticism in my work.
I currently work with combinations of geometric form on canvas. In alchemical terms they function much like machines that hold in their opening forms, transformative energies. I am intrigued mostly by the potential effect each composition has on me and the viewer, and exploring a more direct application of the frequencies apparent in the work. I believe there are ways of facilitating a more direct transfer of these energies to the viewer. I will be carrying out this research for the foreseeable future.
I work on large scale canvases and have been spending over a year on each piece. This process seems to be speeding up. When I am guided to apply a mark, or line or some form, the painting moves to a new stage that seems to reflect something that is developing in my personal process of self-discovery. These movements seem to happen beyond my will or intention. It feels like I get told what to do. These moments of directional clarity are always dependent on some sort of awakening or realisation that has occurred in my meditations.
Between these stages I work on a smaller scale, testing various geometric ideas and symbolic forms with natural substances that I use to paint with. Each substance seems to offer a different feeling and various combinations of these substances play a significant role in the overall effect of each piece. Sometimes these tests inform the next stage on the main painting I’m working on, adding up to a kind of language that guides my reflective development.
I am currently in the process of publishing a deck of 49 “Oracle Cards” that developed from these tests. This grew out of intuitively reading these cards for people from a test deck, with very satisfying results. Somehow I was able to provide a more direct personal experience of their chosen image, and as a result realised that I was beginning to find ways of facilitating the transference of the frequencies in the work.
My next show entitled, ‘Gates & Bridges’ will open at the Mycelium Space on 24th February 2024, in Frome, Somerset. This theme is based on the idea that, The Self is a portal or gateway to Divinity, and the paintings are bridges to that level of Self.
For some years now, I have recorded my processes and conversations on video, sharing these experiences as I go on social media. A big part of my reflective practice is to put together a short process film from my video diary archive, to mark the completion of each large canvas. The canvas I am working on now is the largest so far and I’m looking forward to taking the film production process to the next level for this one.
A Collection Of Paintings 01/05/12 – 01/07/12 Geysir Bistro, Reykjavik
Born in London. Worked mainly in UK and Iceland. Received a BA degree in photography from Manchester Met University in 2003. Received a teaching degree with emphasis on art education from Brighton University in 2007 and an MA in Fine Art from Brighton University in 2009.