<<<< 2d work


This page begins with a series of acrylic paintings I completed over the Winter of 2009/2010, some were new ideas, some derived from recent carvings and some had existed as sketches for a couple of years (hence the dates for the work) before I finally got round to transferring to canvas.

They were all inspired by my long-standing interest in computer graphics and my intent to use 'white space'  as an arena of limitless and unspecified depth, to let the observers mind's eye fill in what I have left out. I am most interested in the clumsiness of computer graphics when they try and ape human technique and I also want to explore the things computers do well (and we don't) i.e. regular form and colour.




Double balaclava portrait       2007-10

Acrylic on canvas             102 x 152 cm

This painting expresses exactly the concept I wanted, human brushstrokes mimicking computer-drawn shapes to the end of creating a picture that needs human perception to fill in the subtleties


 Apprehension        2010
 Acrylic on canvas           152 x 168 cm

I really like clip-art, apart from its graphic qualities, I like that it's a visual shorthand and applicable to different contexts, movable, scaleable. So this painting used this idea and linked it to my previous 'feigning arm' sculpture. 'Apprehension' is a funny word in that it means three different things - fear, understanding and grabbing hold of, if these three meanings coincide, as with this painting, it is the most apt title.




I'm ok             2009-10

Acrylic on canvas          122 x 122 cm  




 Half man in landscape          2008-10

Acrylic paint on canvas              152 x 168 cm


These two paintings were derived from a PVC tape 'drawing' I did in 2008, which is pretty much  the ' Halfman in landscape' picture, 'I'm ok' is a derivation of the 'Halfman' theme. For the original drawing, I used the black tape in short pieces to build up a collage for the figure - I was trying to replicate the clumsiness of primitive computer graphics. I also used the hackneyed silhouette technique as it emphasised the outline shape which as a sculptor I know is very important in defining form. I simplified in order to create more visual impact but by reducing other aspects of the picture I was able to control where the emphasis was, where I wanted it to be.

I also wanted to portray an uneasy humour and in some ways subvert the extensive use of silhouettes in popular graphic design.

More painted acrylic work from 2011:



 Nil-nil goal-less no-score draw          2011

Acrylic paint, PVC tape and pencil on canvas       45 x 53 cm




  7  (XL)         2011

Acrylic paint on canvas with painted wooden frame       75 x 85 cm




Kurve-balls           2011

Acrylic paint, biro and marker pen on canvas             118 x 122 cm


This painting is my response to seeing the Kulber-Ross 'change curve',  I was thinking it has little bearing on the complexity of reality. I also wanted to utilise the whiteboard-aesthetic with the picture, using quick, artless marker-pen drawing overlaying previous 'rubbed out' drawing. 




YOY         2012/13   

Acrylic paint on canvas           101 x 101 cm



3 times the 1         2013      

Acrylic paint on canvas         Triptych of three panels each 50 x 50 cm


            M19 mandalas.

                                           Left                                                                                  Centre





The Argument        2015

 Acrylic paint on canvas        51 x 76 cm


The painting above is derived from the study below. The study below shows two glove puppet figures arguing, their pose is taken loosely from a photograph in a book, which I adapted and embellished. I like glove puppets as they are crude, clumsy and naive yet there is also an element of humanity in their appearance and actions which makes for a compelling juxtaposition.



Study for The Argument     2015

Pencil and PVC tape on paper        30 x 39 cm


This piece was exhibited in the 'A6 Dialogue 2015' show in July 2015 at Bankley Studios Gallery. The exhibition asked artists to produce work under the instruction of a 1966 O level Art exam paper.

So the work had to be from imagination, on paper and completed within 3 hours, I chose for my title 'The Argument' from the set titles provided in the exam paper. As I am usually a slow worker it was a challenge, I deliberately decided on a simple composition, but the limitations of time can force your work in new directions. The study above took about 2 hours and the painting from the study took 3 hours.