Born 1945 near London. Lives in the North of England and the Czech Republic.
My first exhibition was at Sunderland in 1966, it included work from 1964, all of which apart from Eye Music have since been destroyed. I have always been independent and under the radar to the point of folly. Looking back over my work, as I have done for making this new website, I see I often wander off into the undergrowth to explore a technique, obsession or idea, yet always coming back to core ideas that was established in Song To The Dancer II of 1981-1991
There are 3 influences on how I paint. The 1st was a novelist, the Austrian Robert Musil who I encountered at 14. You can find a quote from him as you wander this website. The 2nd was a composer, again an Austrian and that was Anton Webern. The 3rd and most obvious, a painter Nicolas Poussin. All three needed to integrate the emotional with the intellectual as do I.
In February 2014 a personal tragedy collapsed my life as a painter, apart from long contemplated revisions to the 2 paintings made in memory of Luboš Vinš in 2018 for an exhibition in the Czech Republic.
In March 2020 I started again when an intense encounter with a Korean woman ended my block, and made me reassess who I was. From that point on the stream flowed with renewed vigour.
LIFE OUTSIDE OF PAINTING