I am a Contemporary Artist based in North Devon and East London. I studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art and then went onto receive my Postgraduate in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Arts Schools in 2002.

I am currently the Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts at the OCA and tutor Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Creative Arts across all HE levels. My role as curriculum leader has given me an overview of students diverse approaches to studying at the OCA. It is an exciting process developing a students unique interdisciplinary approach to making and thinking within the Creative Arts Degree pathway. Prior to joining the OCA I have been a tutor and assessor at Byam Shaw School of Art in London and have also been a technical assistant to a number of leading artists including Sir Anthony Caro.

Through an investigation into the morphology of matter and the history of its material presence my work captures the surface of the world around us to create Drawings, Sculptures and Animations of an altered physical materiality. I am interested in capturing a material history that is found in our immediate environment, and allowing my powers as an artist to augment its physical state. The morphology of surface-structure and ideas are central to my current practice. In a catalogue essay written by David Lillington in 2008 (Doug Burton and Nicky Hirst, Morphology) Lillington describes my working process as“…problem solving, ways of thinking, ‘the idea of the interconnectedness of all things’ – the architecture of thought as much as the architecture of matter and space – are at the heart of his work. They constitute its real subject.”

Having a passion for creative thinking has allowed me to develop an artistic practice that is centred around the making of objects, installation and multi-media images within the studio but also links strongly to the world outside. My interest in subjects as disparate as the Morphology of forms in evolution to Astrophysics, has taken me to spectacular places such as CERN (Centre for European Research into Nuclear Physics) in Geneva, Switzerland, a podcast I did with UCL discusses this further http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0911/09112704. These projects and ideas have formed a dialogue that I have been involved with over a number of years that centres around shared ways of thinking between Scientists and Artists.

Programme Leader for Drawing and Creative Arts

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