Pen, Brush, Needle
8–14 November 2021
Private View: 9 November 2021 6–8.PM
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I realised I wanted to paint at a very early age.
I had been fortunate enough to spend my childhood travelling across Europe with my parents. My father, an established portrait painter, endeavoured to take us to every single art gallery, museum, villa, chateau and church between Calais and Milan. As a result of having my eyes opened to the world of art and architecture at such an impressionable age, I learnt to develop a discerning eye and an appreciation of beauty.
In order to develop my own artistic language, to forge my own path and move away from portraiture, I started experimenting with abstract painting. The stimulating relationship between shape and colour has been both an enjoyable and rewarding study. I often refer to other artists for inspiration and the Nicholsons, Matisse, Picasso and the Scottish Colourists are the main influences on the colour and design aspects of my own work.
Drawing has naturally progressed to sewn pieces on calico. Sewing is something I have always done, it adds another dimension to the drawings. The effect of the fabric texture on pen and needle has been an important discovery for both disciplines.
It is rare to visit a solo show where not only is the quality of work so high and the range of work so varied, but a true sense of the artist’s enjoyment shines through. ‘Pen, Brush, Needle’ showcases abstract oil paintings alongside intricate pen drawings as well as continuous line sewn works. An eclectic pairing of art and design is transferred across this truly spectacular body of work and the viewer is left with the harmonious feeling of fulfilment.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a statement from the artist.