About

I have over a decade’s experience of teaching and have worked in Carrara, Italy and Greece and recently Arctic Canada.

I studied Architectural Ornament at City & Guilds School of Art, London, following a first degree in Fine Art. My recent work includes designing and carving a plaque in beech, unveiled by H.R.H The Prince of Wales; workshops at the Museum of London based on Roman artifacts and at the Sir John Soane Museum; and the restoration of Sam Wanamaker’s stone at the Globe Theatre. Scholarships include the Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill & Wingate.

Artist’s Statement

Since man first developed the capacity to express creative ideas, he has picked up stone and wood to do so. The elemental profundity of these materials brings forth a deep creative expression.

The materials that I work with include marble, red soapstone, oak, flint, antler and slate. I look  on beaches and foreshores and in the countryside, sometimes on the streets. When I create a new piece of work it is essential for me to have a dialogue with the material. In today’s world of computers & speed, what is important to me is to seek something timeless and solid in my work, something you can put in your own environment, giving you a link to an unending stream of human expression. It may put you in mind of standing stones at Avebury or Carnac, or little marble Cycladic figures.

I supply carvings, prints & works on paper to a small number of galleries, undertake commissions and teach stonecarving.

If you would like to contact me about workshops, commissions or anything else please send me a message below

Education

1991-1993 Foundation in Art & Design and One year Certificate in Painting at Sir John Cass School of Art, London

1993-1995 Fine Art Degree at Middlesex University

1996 Evening classes in Stonecarving

1996 Assistant to sculptor Paula Haughney

1996-1999 Diploma in Carving Architectural Ornament from The City & Guilds School of Art of Art, London

Prizes

1997 City & Guilds Drawing Prize

1998 Winner-David Ballardie Travelling Scholarship

1999 City & Guilds Lettercutting Prize

1999 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship-Awarded for 8 weeks carving Stations of the Cross at Studio Sem in Pietrasanta, Italy

2008 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust-Awarded for working with Greek sculptor Petros Dellatolas at his studio on the island of Tinos

2011 Wingate Scholarship-Awarded to undertake six weeks living and carving with Ashoona Inuit sculptors in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Work

1999 Drawings displayed at Crowthers Gallery, Pimlico Road, London

1999 Sculpture commissioned by the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, U.K

1999 Apprenticeship in letter cutting with James Salisbury

2000 Undertakes period of carving at Studio Sem under the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

2000 Takes space at Chisenhale Studios and undertakes large memorial stone commissions

2000 Joins register of carvers at Memorials By Artists

2000 Assists sculptor Peter Randall-Page fixing large relief panel

2000- 2003 Organises & teaches stone carving classes at St.Paul’s Church, Islington, London

2000 Teaches part-time at The Sculpture Academy, Waterloo, London

2000 Present-Undertakes many commissions for memorial stones that are fixed in many churches and cemeteries in London & across U.K.

2000 Collaborates with sculptor Paula Haughney on a memorial to the Five Guards at Caterham Barracks Surrey, in the form of a tall column with lettering and regimental insignia

2001 Organises & teaches summer school at Statuaria Marmi, Carrara, Tuscany, Italy

2001-2009 Takes studio at Bow Arts Trust and takes part in annual open studios

2002 Artist in residence-Bow Boys Secondary School, Year 11’s visit studio at Bow Arts Trust

2002 After school sculpture project-Childeric Primary School, New Cross

2003 Artist in residence-Mayflower Primary School, Poplar.

Undertakes design of new playground. Makes large relief woodcarvings and two free standing totem pole carvings in oak

2003 Artist in residence-St.Paul’s Way Secondary School. Designs bronze doorway to the HARCA building with children.

2003 Half-term workshop in plaster sculpture at Bow Boys Secondary School

2003 Relocation of stonecarving classes to Hackney City Farm,1A Goldsmiths Row, Hackney

2003-2009 Facilitates variety of short workshops for education outreach at Bow Arts Trust including drawing skills for Head teachers in North & East London, 3D skills for trainee teachers, Life drawing at Rotherhithe Academy School and teaching ‘Gifted & Talented’ Secondary School students with workshops based on Tate Modern and Kew Gardens.

2003-2004 Designs & carves large Portland stone relief sculpture for new dance & drama hall at Central Foundation Secondary School for Girls,Mile End, London

2005 Carves sculpture ‘The Shepard’ for the new front garden at Hackney City Farm

2006-2008 Made Heritage Skills Officer-Abney Park Cemetery

Creates stone carving studio & organises & runs education programme

2007 Present-Relocates stone carving classes to the church of St.John on Bethnal Green, London

Co-ordinates activities in the Community Art Room

2007 Present-Takes part annually in The Big Draw-workshops include making giant drawings at St.John’s, Bodymapping in the library at the Welcome Trust building,Euston & drawing and sculpting roof bosses at Southwark Cathedral

2007-2009 Designs & carves large sculpture of St.John the Theologian for St.John’s Primary School

2007-2008 Designs & carves four large sandstone floral monoliths for ‘The Way Forward’ garden on behalf of St.Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London

Wins Bronze Medal

2009 Starts working with flint

2009 Present-Work exhibited at The Art Shop & Gallery Abergavenny including woodcarvings and wood engravings

2010 Makes woodcarvings for jeweller & wife Amanda Caines’ stand at Origin exhibition, Spitalfields, London

2010 Lead artist for ‘Sculpting my City’ for the Museum of London,working with young people from Fairbridge, Hackney, drawing Roman artefacts and teaching them to make a series of sculptures in wood, soap stone and alabaster to be exhibited in the courtyard garden at the Museum in 2012

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