Medium: Relief carvings in lime wood
Style: Autobiographical figurative surrealist carvings
Experience: I went to art school in Aberdeen in the early 60s and then won a national scholarship to work in fashion houses in Paris, Milan and Florence. I then worked in various art schools from Falmouth to Salford University. Whilst at Shrewsbury School of Art I acquired a set of old chisels which started me carving.
I have exhibited widely form Saatchi Gallery, Centrespace, Bristol, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Portico Gallery, Manchester, Weston Park, Shropshire, Cartwright Gallery, Bradford, Tricycle Theatre, London, Salford Art Gallery, Bury Art Gallery,
Influence: Magritte, de Chirico, Peter Blake, early Italian Renaissance painters
Artwork Cards: Yes
I am a self-taught carver (I am still hopeless at sharpening chisels!), however working in wood feels perfectly natural and allows me to express my ideas in a reasonably unique way.
My carvings are stories about my life – the people, places and memories that influence me and mean much to me. Most carvings incorporate a range of these within the one picture – Kintore (near Aberdeen) my small home village, my time in Italy and also my partner’s family’s home in Mondovì, Italy, my present home in Frome and where I might have been yesterday. I often use, to me, iconic buildings such as Kintore Town Hall (which I lived across from most of my childhood), Palazzo Vecchio bell tower in Florence and its northern near twin Bradford Town Hall clock tower, the black and white checkerboard marble floor of Aberdeen Art Gallery, and since moving to Somerset images of the South West such as the giant chalk figures.