Monday, 15 September 2014


I found this paragraph in one of my old sketchbooks while sorting through things for my new studio, I wrote it a probably around 2 years ago it is on the subject of Style:

"Style is not a tangible thing unlike the core elements of work, which briefly reprise of colour, shape, line, the picture plane, idea, concept, depiction, medium, texture and depth. Style is a problem, it's not a way of working but instead a way of describing how an artist chooses to employ these 'core elements of work'.
Artists can easily be drawn into the belief that they must form a style or continue one once they have worked within their constructed process.
It is a problem, because firstly it can destroy or impede an artists creativity in a number of ways and can lead the direction of work. Another problem with the idea of a style is that as something intangible it is easily influenced by others which can create similar work or trends within groups of individuals. 
The artists greatest weapon in defence of style is creativity."

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

New House and Liberation

One of my last posts about the studio cabin never materialised and in January I moved into a really great studio at the Art House in Wakefield, the space was fantastic and just what I needed as a base of operations, my time there was short but really great and I was sad to have to move out around a month ago because....after a long time of looking I bought a house!!! with my new wife Sarah!!!

We moved in around a month ago, and there is room in the house for a permanent studio, it's hard to explain but it will be the first time ever in my professional career that I will be working (and living) in a place where all my things are, here is a brief explanation...over the past few years I've lived at home with my father (image Frasier but not as funny) and at my wife's (then girlfriends and her generous parents) and also worked at the arthouse (briefly) all of these kind of at the same time and in that time all my worldly belongings were split between 3 places, I had books here and there, desks all over the place, never having all my equipment in the same to finally have everything together in one place is liberating, I feel that finally I have a permanent space that is mine I can make a mess, work late, get up early be constantly surrounded by the world that I have curated (along with Sarah!)

I feel that I can finally create in a way I've never been able to before and i'm excited by what the next few years will bring, to that end I am on the final leg of my website, it should be up in the next few weeks! at last! along with I hope a new blog and a new attitude and direction in my work, a more fruitful time!

Here is to the future.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Party Supplies - New York 2017

Sometimes you just want to listen to something and not have to think....

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Studio/Cabin Project...Now On Hold

Its been a couple of months since my last post updating on the Cabin/Studio project, which is now on hold, I am instead moving into a new studio space in wakefield, I will update with more info soon.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Studio/Cabin Project. Part 2

The weather has taken a turn for the worse this week! but before the mist and rain descended, the extra space was dug out and the decking panels were uprooted, the next steps are to completely take up the decking and then extend the base out into the soil.

The space underneath was filled with the excess soil, which apart from being mostly clay and solid stone unearthed the usual British garden finds, a few clay bricks, a few pieces of old pottery and china, oh and a solid lead pipe! of course.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Studio/Cabin Project. Part 1

Over the next few months I'm going to try and keep everyone up to date with a new small studio cabin that i'm building, you can follow my progress on here. 

The original idea was to have a small outdoor area which I could use as a creative space for painting/art based ideas, however this soon developed into creating a larger and more solid space which would be big enough to work from fully.

The space that is being upheaved for the project is an unused decking outside, which once the top boards are taken up will make a good base. 

I've chosen a cabin built by a local timber merchants who will come and construct the space, all the wood is locally grown from their 500+ hectare estate and sourced here in West Yorkshire.

I'm hoping the space will allow me to focus on areas of my work which I haven't had the space to work on including painting, sculpture and various print projects.

I'll be updating as frequently as I can! The digging has commenced so it won't be long before the next update...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Laura Groves - Inky Sea

You're in luck, two posts in one day! This time it's something new from Laura Groves, a haunting song called Inky Sea.