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Covid Road Signs

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The Whole Shebang

The Lockdown Times

A Presidential Lexicon

Frankenstein Apps

Columns & Caves

Colour Swatch

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I tell stories with images and text. I delight in combining content with relevant sculptural form. To create narrative, artists' books have many advantages, most obviously multiple pages.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Giving a purpose to life and communicating with others. I love showing my artists' books and get a real buzz when a public collection buys my work.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Artists' Books and printmaking. My ideas come from close observation of the world around, often focusing on quirky aspects of life. My artist’s books are in public and private collections in Europe, Australia and North America, including the Tate Gallery London, Bodleian Library Oxford, Yale Center for British Art, and Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan, UWE & Oxford Brookes Universities, and Arts University Bournemouth. Formerly printmaking tutor at the Sidney Nolan Trust.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I have run literally hundreds of printmaking workshops at the Sidney Nolan Trust and continue now teaching artists' book techniques, including online workshops.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Hereford Art College; printmaking tutor at Sidney Nolan Trust; member of Marches Book Arts Group.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Recent exhibitions: "Jiggery-Pokery", solo show, TOD gallery; "Herefordshire Open”, Courtyard; “Marches Makers Miniatures”, Kington; "I Colour Outside the Lines", Bromsgrove; "Wild Fowers", Bishops Castle; "Restriction" exhibition curated by Correspondence Collective; "The Exquisite Crumb" online archive at La Briciola Squisita; "The Herbarium" for World Book Night 2021 at UWE Bristol.
I took part in some physical exhibitions in 2020 before the national lockdown, in London, Bishops Castle and Sheffield, plus some online shows. Before that my artist's books and prints were at Whitney Court, Herefordshire; “Turn the Page”, Norwich; Marches Makers Festival; Bristol Artists’ Book Event BABE); Small Publishers’ Fair, London; the Frankenstein exhibition, Liverpool Central Library and two other venues; “60 years in a Box”, Hereford Archive and Record Centre; Manchester and Liverpool Artists’ Book Fairs; “Personal Memories”, Redland Museum, Queensland, Australia; “Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge”, Harrow Old School Gallery; “The Contemporary Portrait: Self & Others”, Stafford; “Animalia”, Il Bosonte, Florence; “Carve, Collage, Ink & Print”, Aardvark Books, Shropshire; and “Locating Boccaccio”, John Rylands Library, Manchester.

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