Biography

I was born in India in 1952, where my father was a tea planter. We resettled in England in 1953, and I initially studied Modern Languages at Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 1970-74. I then worked abroad and for the Museum of London as an archaeologist for a year, which sparked my interest in layers of time and the hidden history beneath one’s feet.

I went on to study Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell School of Art from 1975-79, graduating with a First Class B.A. Hons degree, and continued my studies in painting on the M.F.A. course at Reading University from 1979-81, which was run by the St Ives painter Terry Frost.

On graduating in 1981, I was awarded a Boise Travelling Scholarship from the Slade School of Art, and I chose to visit New York to pursue my interest in American Abstract Expressionism. I also admire the painters Peter Lanyon, Ivon Hitchens, Barbara Rae and Joan Eardley.

On my return, I worked as an artist in London before moving to West Dorset in 1987, and I was able to give up part-time Art School lecturing in 2002, to concentrate more fully on painting. In addition to exhibiting regularly, I now enjoy running occasional workshops from my studio, as well as residential painting courses at Coombe Farm Studios in Devon during the summer months.

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, April

Polly Skye Gallery, Lynton (group show)

Bath and West Show, Open exhibition May

Bridport Open Studios, 7th – 15th September

2018

Kingfisher Art, Woodstock Oxon (group show)

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (group show)

The Auction Collective, London E2 (Auction of Greek Diving paintings)

2017

VJB Arts, Gresham St, London EC2 (Solo Show of Moroccan paintings)

Royal Bath & West Show (Group Show – First Prize in Painting)

Domaine Cailhol Gautran, SW France (Winery – Solo show of French paintings)

Galleries

Pictures on display in the UK

 

The Polly Skye Gallery

The Wishing Well, Castle Hill, Lynton, Devon EX35 6JA
www.pollyskye.co.uk 

The Jerram Gallery

Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset  DT9 3LN
www.jerramgallery.com

Coombe Gallery

20 Foss Street, Dartmouth, S. Devon TQ6 9DR
www.coombegallery.com

Paintings can also be viewed at my West Dorset studio, please get in touch to make an appointment.

Commissions

I am happy to take on commissions both for corporate enterprises and for private individuals, and I welcome the opportunity to make large-scale work if required.

Typically, clients respect the way I normally paint, but they like the freedom to specify format, dimensions and the type of mood or atmosphere they want to create. This tends to make the commissioned work more personal. Clients enjoy the opportunity to liaise directly with the artist, and I welcome the challenge of responding to a brief.

A preference for the use of certain colours might also be made. A restaurant owner, for example, might prefer paintings of an up-tempo and festive nature, whereas one of my commissions for Royal Caribbean Cruises was for a cigar lounge, which needed to be quieter and more muted in feeling.

Prices are consistent with the paintings on this website, and normally 50% deposit is made in advance, with the balance being paid on completion. Arrangements can also be made to pay by instalments if preferred. The cost includes framing and delivery of the paintings, and I can post or email photographs of the work in progress, as some clients find this helpful.