EXTERIORS

Environmental Artworks - 5% of all sales are donated to The Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The works explore my belief in the life changing effects in maintaining & nurturing our connection to nature - Thank you

Representations of modern quality of life through 19th century landscapes & spaces.

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There is an irony to humanity's artistic & social presence in the 19th century & it remains somewhat of a crooked nook in the backbone of civilisation & indeed our most concerning social & environmental issues today.

Looking to Greek philosophy, the Regency man of means was dotting his estate inch by inch with the Neoclassical. Palladian-inspired structures had arisen all over the country & many of our red brick & Tudor wood beams received a coating of regimented columns & huge windows which let the light in on their matching Neoclassical furnishings... 

We had begun adding a bright new icing to a heavily matured cake & the home was becoming temple-like in its trendy new 'philosophical' ways for a gentleman to boast his attributes... 

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'Briar' - Diptych - Two Girls In A Vista. / Overgrown Vista

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'Alter pt 1 - Woman Listening To Birdsong'

My Exterior works ponder the theory that if we had, in the midst of this failed attempt at enlightenment been punished by nature & cut off from it. What if whilst industry began to cut through the landscape, nature began to poison us in return?

Where would our resources have turned in technology, religion & lifestyle, if our highest priority were to suddenly become our desperation to return to a symbiosis with nature?

One hopes we would reach a similar 'awakening' to the one actioned in very recent years by a great deal of passionate hard working people, but we are not yet clear of the 19th century wave of adulteration & the injection of 19th cent ignorance, arrogance & the fury of class power at such heights makes for a more awakening tone that I hope will represent an important sense of responsibility to accompany our hope.

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Verse - Poem on the Enclosures acts - 1760's-1810's

'They hang the man & flog the woman

who steals a goose from off the common

Yet let the greater villain loose

who steals the common from the goose'

...Artists & thinkers were looking to a new renaissance, but their gentrified patrons were commissioning works depicting the English landscapes that were destined to be cut up & sold over the next 200 years.

This was land which the poor & lower classes would also be driven from as the Enclosures Acts were put up against them & they trickled, starving in to the new industrial cities which fed back in to a bulging minority of purses.

Artists like Turner & later Frank Lloyd Wright & the Pre Raphaelites filled with dread at the smoke-filled system & observed the psychological & social effects it was already having. 

This perky start had quickly folded in on itself & as they bore witness, so continued the restriction of the masses which lead the heart of the new generation to nought but the same dead ends & in greater numbers.

Prostitution, infanticide, child labour, starvation & a societal structure susceptible to abuse & enslavement of all kinds bubbled under the higher classes sense of progression.

We had fallen in to the melting pot of heavy Victorian ornament & obsession that set the tone for our modern mindset & so it stands, a well designed cloak over a dirty pile of clutter, concluding with that Dickensian contrast of lifestyles that became the later half of the 19th century.

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'Landscapes Obscured By Devices' - Set of 3 miniatures

'He Can Never Touch Her Again'

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OTHER INFORMATION

HOW DO STOCK LEVELS WORK & WHERE CAN I BUY A PIECE?

We're reopening May 1st 2021 - when a SHOP section will appear as if my magic in the top bar of the site & a small selection from the collection will be available in limited numbers along with some exhibition work previews. 

 

You can find my works at 

- The Pyramid Gallery, York. https://www.pyramidgallery.com

Up & coming exhibitions 

Taking bookings for 2021 as of April 30th 2021 - Thank you

HAVE A QUESTION/ REQUEST? - You can email the address in the menu with enquiries Mon-Fri. I can reply 8-10 A.M & 4-6 P.M, I am out of my office

I try to keep stock lists updated all the time - Occasionally a gallery will not have time to notify me right away when a piece has sold & so every now & then an alternative may have to be sourced from either my web store or another stockist.