Saturday 23 January, 2016 - Sunday 7 February, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Private view Friday 22 January 2016
In this exhibition I will show paintings and drawings and some monoprints. Making different kinds of marks is partly an expression of how I am feeling and partly it’s a response to what I am seeing. Sometimes I’m more concerned with the making of marks and abstracting from the figure than I am with the figure itself. In fact representation has become the least of my worries.
Life drawing is at the core of my practice as an artist. The act of drawing the naked body is an act of intimacy. My drawing takes place in the space between me and the model. I use the model, yet somehow in that space the humanity of the model is part of the image, as is my own humanity. I sometimes feel as if I am drawing myself from the inside.
From Northern Ireland originally, I grew up with the idea that I was a Celt. Fascinated by the early migration of peoples I have started a series of paintings, which are about water, movement, identity, displacement and settlement. I have been displaced and resettled myself, moving several times until finally moving from Exeter to Edinburgh two years ago.
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road