This exhibition shows the diverse talent of this artist. It can be described as a feast of shape, colour and form. Ians love of the natural world about him dominates but there is also an insight into the inner workings with the bold sculptural abstracts. The depiction of the Oxfordshire and Cotswold countryside, for which he has been well known is stunningly framed by the beautiful new studio. Bold colours and rich textures in oil on board sit alongside the softer new addition to his repertoire, namely the coloured pencil drawings of Flora and Fauna. Still retaining Ians tendency to exageration, Beguiled is a series of erotic and surreal drawings , describing the common sensuality in all nature.
Guitars, skillfully assembled and decorated in a psychedelic 60s style give an insight into Ians musical background.
Ian was born in London and brought up on The Isle of Man where he attended art college and was trained by Singer and Friedlander prizewinner Norman Sayle. On moving back to London in the 60s he developed an interest in free form music and its relationship to the visual arts. Live action painting and music events ensued, the avant garde albums recorded then still collected to this day. The paintings were bold, dynamic and free echoes of which can be seen in his more recent work.
The depiction of the Oxfordshire and Cotswold countryside began with a move to North Oxfordshire where he has his canalside studio. His earlier landscapes have been described as "abstraction in a figurative context" having bold slightly exaggerated colour and rich texture. A more recent visit to the Isle of Man gave rise to a series of thatched cottages, one of which is a childhood home.
He has exhibited widely accross Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, Midlands and at The Mall Galleries, being awarded a prestigious Spink Ledger prize. Also seen demonstrating his technique on prime time Japanese T.V.
His work is in public ownership and private collections in U.K and worldwide.
He continues to produce and sell work as an artist and musician to this day.