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Originally from Northern Ireland, I went to England and got an HND in Design (Modelmaking) before returning home to Northern Ireland to work as a Modelmaker. In 1995 I moved to the west of Scotland and have been working as a Modelmaker for various companies around Scotland and the north of England since.
Having neglected my art for most of my working life it was only in 2014 that I started drawing again, finding myself working far from home with little to do in the evenings. I initially started doing portraits and surprised myself by being selected as a contestant in one of the heats for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2018.
But rather than portraits, it was the urban landscape around me that was beginning to interest me, finding myself drawn to the old brickwork and peeling paint of the narrow back alleys of the Victorian terraces of the North East of England where I was working, the old closes of Edinburgh and alleys of Glasgow and the more rural neglect in Northern Ireland.
We are surrounded by the derelict, abandoned and forgotten buildings in our towns, cities and countryside, most of which we pass by daily without a thought, so familiar to us they’re almost invisible. To me they hold a fascination as they’re reclaimed by nature and used as a canvas for graffiti artists.
I predominantly work in charcoal producing detailed monochrome studies as I aim to convey the texture of peeling paint, cracked plaster and crumbling brickwork, of the light and shadow in abandoned places that nature is slowly reclaiming and to show the beauty in decay.
Back Stairs - £400 - 50cm by 43cm - ★ Sold
The Doorway (Tommy, don't do it) - £450 - 50cm by 43cm - ★ Sold
Brodick Beach - £365 - 40cm by 35cm - ★ Sold
A Forest - £275 - 36cm by 31cm - ★ Sold
Hate - £185 - 25cm by 25cm - ★ Sold
Coatbridge Sunset II - £395 - 39cm by 45cm
Howdon Road - £195 - 30cm by 38cm
Washngton Terrace - £195 - 30cm by 38cm