Exhibited Paintings

In portraits I aim for a vivid presence, in nudes a sense of dynamism and animal grace, in still-life a charged but harmonious arrangement. In all my work observed reality is underpinned by abstract values.

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Early Work

For most of the 1960s I commuted regularly to a small studio attached to the offices of my agents  ‘Artist Partners’ in Ham Yard, Soho, and there pursued my work as an illustrator. Meanwhile, at home I experimented, trying my hand at picture making, hoping that what I was doing might one day lead to a show in a reputable London gallery.

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Colour Studies and Collages

In the mid 1970’s I made a habit of preceding each painting with a colour study so that I could develop both composition and colour on a small scale before embarking on the painting itself. After completing one of my more complicated compositions, such as Passage of Arms or Roofwork, (both 1979), I would sometimes assemble a collage to tell the story of its making.

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