University of Wales Institute Cardiff (MA Fine Art, 2005 / 2005)
What is your favourite film of all time?
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A space Odyssey.
What music are you currently listening to and why?
I like a lot of Dub and Reggae. You never know how serious it's meant. And in my work it seems that way, they are a real indication of a serious attitude, but can also be more of a playful one.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
I think anyone who is a living artist deserves admiration. It is a tough job.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
I like Salvador Dali, he was full of tricks and ideas that mislead the viewer. I am interested in how artists fool people by telling lies.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
I remember seeing a retrospective of David Hockney's when I was about 12. Seeing a lifetimes work in Tate Britain by an artist who's retrospective started with a print made at the same age that I was at that time, had an impact on me that I have never forgotten.
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
How is it made? I used to be quite protective of my answer, so as not to give any secrets away. Though now that the process in recent work is a little less dominating, I hope to get more interesting questions.
What / who inspired you to be an artist?
There is a constant need to create works of art. To better the last piece I made.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
I think wherever I am making art in the world there is always an element of welshness in the painting. It appears in the line or drawing. The line is embedded in me and is influenced by my Welsh roots, by the landscape, the people and the ancient and modern arts.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Persuading viewers of my paintings to look beyond their usual perceived place in the world.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
My greatest achievement as an artist to date is gaining the confidence to make the decision that a painting is finished with and that it is time to move on to the next.
What are your plans for the coming year?
The direction I have taken and want to take my work this year has involved looking closer at the elements that dictate the outcome of my paintings. This has involved separating these elements, seeing them individually and assessing how these can be reduced to a simpler quality.
Latest artwork - View all by this artist
The Astronauts MomentoSize(HxWxD):40x50x4cm£1,250.00
There you aren'tSize(HxWxD):172x120x4cm£2,500.00
And I see ElvisSize(HxWxD):170x122x5cm£2,500.00
This body of work is not so much a reference to a visible reality, but rather to a reality that is artificial, that is a fabrication of another world.
When painting I stick to certain rules of a kind of game of which I set myself particular tasks. The point of these tasks is specifically, that I commit myself to them, whatever the consequences, to carry them out.
I try to make paintings that contain everything visually on the surface and that appear to have nothing hidden. To make paintings that are about what is in the painting not behind it and question what it is we have in front of us. In some way control the paint and the construction of that painting to contain a virtual reality, something that does exist but is otherworldly. This is displayed amongst the influences of the process and the painting games that one has strictly stuck too.
The painting becomes a made object, something real and something you can believe in. However, even though they appear in reality, the paintings are made to appear to have qualities that are from another world. They are virtual paintings, they could be ceramics or sculpture, and question what they really are.
Magpie Gallery, Cardiff, There you Aren’t 2009
Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown 2008
Chapter Gallery, Cardiff 2006
Selected group exhibitions
BayArt Gallery, Cardiff, Ten Years In 2011
Queens Arcade, Cardiff, Shop 2009
DegreeArt Gallery, London, Collect 4 2008
Old Natwest Bank, Cardiff, Stick em up 2007
Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Arcadia 2007
Bay Arts Gallery, Cardiff, Recent Graduates 2006
DegreeArt Gallery, London, Group show 2006
Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales, Surface 2006
Old Natwest Bank, Cardiff, 2006
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, New professionals 2006
Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Faith 2006
Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2005
Paintworks Gallery, Bristol 2005