In recent times I’ve been exploring new avenues which include some more reflective work; some oil portrait painting and even some sculpting of the human figure… and I will be exhibiting more traditional landscapes and still-life paintings in watercolours and oils as well. There will also be some bargains, both framed and unframed. Regrettably, it's not possible to present online all the work which I will have on show in the actual exhibition. But I hope you enjoy it anyway and that you might come along!
Since the University of Oxford Shop ceased trading last year, there is no longer a gallery displaying my classic range of limited edition giclee prints of Oxford. So, for the time being they are only available, either mounted or framed, directly from me. The full selection can be seen on my website with prices ranging from £35 to £150.
Having had a very interesting and enjoyable career as a lab technician in medical research in Oxford, London and Sydney, I returned to my homeland of Oxford and started painting in earnest in the early 1980’s. From then on, until a couple of years ago, life was filled with all sorts of commissions including book illustrations; series of paintings around Cape Town and in Soweto; paintings for 2 exhibitions in Tokyo; and most recently, over 70 watercolours of Worcester College for HRH Nazrin Shah, Sultan of Perak.
Anyway, it’s interesting to see what happens with the passage of time, because after a break from painting, I’m now becoming much more interested in exploring more reflective, less representational ideas. As happens during lockdown, I came across a scrap of paper I had written in August, 1979… it says ‘It is coming clearer what the interest in painting is about. It seems to be a searching for, and a desire to express the nature of light. It is only by virtue of light that we see anything at all; yet also, it is only through the creation of objects that we may appreciate the light.’ and ‘light may only be appreciated by reflection – it’s as if it must pass into the created world to be known and acknowledged’…. etc
So here we are – hopefully with plenty of time, starting out again to explore new/old ideas and finding new ways of expressing these. And I have to admit, at this stage of life, it’s a relief not to feel bound by expectations and deadlines!