From London now based in Brighton I originally studied graphic design and illustration. I now develop my own visual art practice.
My paintings are mostly produced in acrylic and are primarily figurative. These figures are constructed using scalpel cut board. The negative shapes from the cut outs are filled with painted texture making up the definition or expression of the image. This work has a certain physical depth due to the cut and layered elements within it. I often incorporate collage juxtaposing printed images with the deep painted texture. The work often has a playful element to it but invariably investigates deeper themes.
My practice has always been concerned with human relationships framed by my own personal identity. Childhood, black LGBTQ experience, outlines, cut-out figures, animals serving as metaphor for human conditions, texture; these core elements mingle with additional influences, from a fascination with stained glass windows to 1970's-80's underground New York club culture.
My paintings have been described as “a body of work which is often quirky, decorative and highly colourful, but that often contains an undercurrent that disturbs the joke, pointing at deeper themes of race, class and sexuality” which I guess does sum it up. As a former DJ who is still actively engaged in a digital Remix/Re-edit culture and who is passionate about underground disco music, many of my paintings pay tribute to that sub culture or are titled after significant songs.
I have produced and shown work in a variety of contexts (see below), and original artworks have found their way to many corners of the globe, including Japan, Singapore, Australia and the USA.
2017 Snowcats, Brighton
2016 Inextricable: Digital Diaspora series, Brighton
2015/6 Group shows, Brush Gallery Brighton
2014 Freedom to live: Pride Arts festival, Brighton
2014 iO Gallery, Brighton
2013 100 Artists for World Aids Day, Brighton Dome, Brighton
2013 Contributer to Crossing the Teas: Celebrating the artistry of Irene Mensah, Jubilee Library, Brighton
2012 Postcard Installation with ArTree Artists Group: Studio 106, Hove
2012 Work in progress with ArTree Artists Group: The Basement, Brighton
2012 PBK2012: Desert Island Books, Jubilee library
2011 ArteTat, Brighton
2011 PBK2011: Silva Magna, Jubilee library Brighton
2011 ArteTat II, Studio 106, Hove
2010 PBK2010, Jubilee library, Brighton
2009 PBK2009, Jubilee library, Brighton
2009 Contribution: Black history Month exhibition, Brighton
2007 Ostraka open house, Brighton
2007 Brunswick Surgery, Hove
2006 Brunswick Surgery, Hove
2002 Stoke Newington gallery, London
2001 Skylark Gallery, Southbank London
2001 Alternative Arts, Spitalfields, London
2001 John Harvard library, London
2000 Alternative Arts, Spitalfields, London
1999 Bistro II Oxo Tower, Southbank London
1998 Black History Month solo exhibition, Clapton library London
1997 Spirit Magazine ‘Erotic Gallery’, Covent Garden London
1997 S.N.A.P Xmas Open, Stoke Newington London
1996 Baiik Gallery, Deptford London
1994 Stoke Newington Gallery, London
1992 Centerprise project, Dalston, London
1989 Wire Magazine Jazz awards, Scala London