ABOUT

 As a practising figurative painter since 1990, I have exhibited regularly in both mixed and solo shows with work in UK and international private collections. ​​

I also have several years’ experience as an illustrator, principally for children’s books and educational publishers, and as a lecturer in art and design.

 
I have long been fascinated by the past; my paintings are strongly indebted to the Renaissance art of Italy and Northern Europe, Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits and influenced, more recently, by Shakespeare’s plays. A period as Artist in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe prompted a more explicit investigation into Shakespearean theatre and the Globe in particular.


My practice involves the creation of an interdisciplinary dialogue, where the visual and the verbal intertwine and overlap. Ideas and thoughts meander and drift; there is a strong sense of the presence of the past, the inherent ambiguity of Shakespeare’s plays and characters, the visual allusions to the Renaissance and Elizabethan England, to boy players playing girls playing boys, to the intricacies and extravagance of costume or the ethereal shimmer of candlelight on a white-painted face. It is the interweaving of silent words – what Harold Pinter called the ‘language locked beneath’ - and visual quotation, of echoes, of ghosts, of shadows, of something sensed rather than known – ‘that is, and is not’(Twelfth Night V,i,213), the transience of performance and the illusory elusiveness of real and imagined memory.

  

 

Cesario and Olivia

Selected Exhibitions


 2017      Christmas Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold.
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                  Paintings shown regularly at the Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.


2016      Fragments, Scraps, Bits and Relics; Solo exhibition at Robert Phillips Gallery,
                  Riverhouse Arts  Centre, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
           
2012 – 2015   Paintings shown regularly at the Red Dot gallery, Holt, Norfolk.
 
2012      Within this Wooden O; solo exhibition at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Bankside, London.
                Series of paintings developed from residency at the theatre.
 
2010      Shadows of Shakespeare; solo exhibition in the Long Gallery, Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
 
2009     Solo exhibition at Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.
                One Step Beyond; exhibition of work by MA Fine Art graduates, Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
 
2007     Five Figurative Artists; Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.
 
2003      Solo exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art.
 
2001-2   Work exhibited at Cambridge Contemporary Art; Rowley Fine Art Gallery, London;
                  Chelsea Art Fair; Affordable Art Fair, London.
 
2000      Solo exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art; Affordable Art Fair, London.
 
1998       Solo exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art.
 
 
A Midwinter Night's Dream 

Qualifications

2017       PhD, Anglia Ruskin University.
                 'Representing ambiguity: liminality and transformation                     in Shakespearean theatre'.         

2008      MA Fine Art, De Montfort University.
 
2007      PGCE/PCE, Anglia Ruskin University.
 
1990      BA(Hons) Fine Art, Leeds University.
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