I am an artist and engineer from Scotland currently living and working in London. After studying an engineering degree my need for balance and self-expression led me to undertake a more informal fine art education; studying an art and design foundation diploma and at various night classes around the UK. During this time I have developed as an artist greatly influenced by art of the past, but also by many influences outside the visual arts: from literature, music, philosophy, architecture, science and the natural world.
Perennial themes I use art to explore include the illusion of permanence; the struggle of opposites; the place of the irrational in a society favouring the rational. I see the inevitable process of disintegration and reformation occurring through the struggle of opposites. Painting for me is a way of representing this: paint becomes simultaneously distinct and nebulous, rationalized and ordered as much as it can become chaotic and disordered.
I often use the contrast between regular, geometric forms and sinuous ones as a point of departure. Increasingly, my paintings aim to be somewhere between the representational and the abstract, never becoming entirely one or the other as a way of opening up possible interpretations. For me, created images have the potential to give meaning to the flux of it all, even if only fleetingly. My work is a mixture of drawing, painting and sculpture.
Still a practicing structural engineer, I particularly enjoy the dichotomy between disciplines, using one to counterpoint the other. I currently work from a studio space in North London and have exhibited work in Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.
2014 Urban Angles, Espacio Gallery, London
2013 Open studio, Magenta Art, London
2013 Disparate Motives, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2011 A Big Show of Little Works, The Birdcage Gallery, Newcastle
2007 End of Year Exhibition, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh
2006 CCS Summer Show, Edinburgh College of Art
2004 Diploma Show, Telford College, Edinburgh