I make sculpture, paintings, drawings and work with the spoken and written word using bronze, clay, ice, sand, stone, paint and the web. The context for my work ranges from galleries to parks and public squares. It often involves modelling, carving or casting and my process is a mixture of thinking, feeling and instinct.
Artists I admire include Ian Hamilton Finlay for his combination of text and image and his ruthless philosophy; Zhang Huan for his intensity and sensitivity and his concern with spirit; Vermeer for his understatement; Kiki Smith for her idiosyncracy, individualism and her drawing; Gerhard Richter for his brutal honesty; Rodin for his sensuality and courage; Giotto for his timelessness.
Education: 1986: Puppet & Mask Making 1989: Ba (Hons) Fine Art, 1st class, Glasgow School of Art 1994: HND CAD Design, Glasgow College of Commerce 2002: PhD Classics & Humanities Computing, Glasgow University/Glasgow School of Art 2009: New Economic Powers, Oxford University Continuing Education Solo Exhibitions 2007 Fruit, Galerie Landertinger Wagner, Salzburg, Austria 2005 The Big Game, Hughson Gallery, Glasgow. 2001 Theatre of Memory, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 1998 Bee, Strathclyde University Chaplaincy. 1993 Aphrodite on the Beach, Bournemouth Art Gallery and Museum. 1992 Henley International Festival 1990 In Ms Artistotle’s Garden, Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery. Awards: 2007 SOS Celebratory Award for Brother Walfrid Veil; First International Sand Sculpture Festival, Latvia, 2nd Prize. 2004 Guardian/Modern Painters’ Prize for Writing on Art. 2001 Scotland Year of the Artist Award. 1999 Yorkhill Hospital Award.1998 Sciart Shortlist: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. 1992 McColl Arts Foundation, 1st Prize. 1989 John Keppie Award for Sculpture. 1986 Weir Pumps Centenary Award Public Commissions:2008 Jimmy Johnstone, Celtic Park, Glasgow; Ramshorn Pavement Engravings, Ingram Street, Glasgow. 2007 The Symphony of the Trees, Newbury, Berkshire. 2006 Processional Crosses,St Mary’s Church, Calton, Glasgow. 2005 Brother Walfrid, Celtic Park, Glasgow. 2000 Scotus College Cruciform, National Seminary for Scotland. 1999 Cowan’s Corner Sculpture Garden, Greenock Town Centre.1986 The Movement of Fluids, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.Selected Group Exhibitions: 2009 Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway. Special Yoga Centre, London. 2008 Ricefield, Glasgow; Stations of Grace, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow. 2007 New Hall Biennial, Cambridge; Paradise, Berlin, Germany. 2006 The Magic of the Ball, Berlin, Germany. 2005 Wild Dogs, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow. 2004 Art: 2004, London; Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow; De Spelerij, Dieren, The Netherlands; Reciprocal Earth, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Steven. 2003 Flight, East-side Gallery, Berlin; Snowcase, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Steven. 2002 Ice sculpture, Nice, France; 2000 Jesus,The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Gaia, George Square, Glasgow; Neptune, Lowestoft, Norfolk. 1999 Father Sun and Mother Moon, Zhoushan Island, China; The Green Man, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock;The Fisherman, Hardelot, France;Woman and Man, George Square, Glasgow. 1998 Word and Image, The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow;The Mothership, Fairbanks, Alaska; 1997 Mountain World II, San Diego, USA;Buddha, Tranem, Denmark. 1996 Dream, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh;Mountain, Copenhagen, Denmark; McClean Art Gallery & Museum, Greenock. 1995 Next? Artists, Residencies and Hospitals, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling and Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow.1992 Angel, Two person exhibition with Jack Vettriano, Mall Galleries, London; The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden. 1991 Twentieth Century Sculpture, Millfield, Somerset;Fine Art Society, Glasgow;Gillian Jason Gallery, London. 1990 Society of Women Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, invited artist. Publications: 2009: Hidden Cities 5. 2007:‘Overlapping Worlds’, Textualities 2: Science and Intuition, ed. Jennie Renton (Edinburgh, Main Point Books).‘On the Pillars…’ and ‘The Ballad of Anton and Lynne’, Hidden Cities 3, ed. Rachel Jury, (Dancing Rabbit Productions, Glasgow). ‘Real Streams: Hildegard of Bingen’,The State of the Real, ed. Damian Sutton, Ray Mackenzie and Sue Brind,(London: Tauris) 88-97. 2006: A Search for the Source of the Whirlpool of Artifice(Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2006). 154pp. 2005: ‘Making Brother Walfrid’, (Celtic Football Club Supporters’ Association, 2005). ‘The Celestial Streams of Giulio Camillo’, History of Science, 43 (2005) 321-41. 2004: Reciprocal Earth, poems and images published as a set of 6 postcards; Fold Gallery, Kirkby Steven. ‘The Psalmist’ (short version) The Guardian Review, 18.09.04.‘The Psalmist’, Modern Painters, Autumn: 22-23. ‘Power and Persuasion in the Theatre of Camillo’, Power and Persuasion: Sculpture in its Rhetorical Context,ed. Urszula Szulakowska(Warsaw: Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2004) 37-48.2003: ‘Fame with Tongue’, Reformation and Renaissance Review, 6 (2004) 107-123.2003: Truman, J.; Robinson, K., Evans A.L., Smith, D.; Cunningham, L.;Millward, R.; Minnis, H.: ‘The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: A pilot study of a new computer version of the self-report scale’, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 12: 9-14.; ‘Giulio Camillo and L’idea del Theatro’, E-Sharp: Online Journal. 1999 ed., Tall Ships, Short Stories, (Greenock: Greenock Tall Ships, 1999). 1997 Jacobsen, Fay W., ed., Living with Loss, (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1997). 1995 ed., Ae Fon Kiss, (Glasgow: Project Ability, 1995). 1990 In Ms. Aristotle’s Garden, (Glasgow: Glasgow Museum & Art Gallery). Work in Collections:Celtic Football Club; Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde; Contemporary Art Society, London; Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; National Seminary for Scotland; National Space Science Centre, Leicester; New Hall, University of Cambridge; Southampton City Art Gallery; St Mary’s Calton, Glasgow; Private collections in UK, Europe and USA. Associate of Royal British Society of Sculptors. For press coverage, click here.