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Born in 1965 in Maidstone, Kent. Studied Fine Art at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1983-86, and later gained an M.Phil. at Lancaster University in 1989. In 1992 he founded and led the Department of Visual Art at the Scarborough campus of the University of York until 1999. Since then he has been able to paint full-time, exhibiting in Britain and abroad, as well as occasionally writing and lecturing at his discretion.

Although his work has sometimes been misleadingly associated with Photorealism, it has never been part of his style or his approach to painting. The misunderstanding can arise from a superficial glance at a work of his, when closer attention reveals an entirely different method of working. Each one of his paintings is a result of working through drawings, photographs and oil studies to create a synthesis of several views in a subtly manipulated perspectival composition which no single viewpoint, or photograph, could capture on its own. The result is – as the artist has explained – the evocation of a different reality that is meant to seem familiar, but which manages to convey a synthesis of a time-based visual experience.

The proper context for his work has been recognised in recent years with invitations to exhibit his painting at London’s National Gallery, as part of its exhibition ‘Canaletto and his Rivals’ in 2010, and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, alongside Poussin’s ‘The Triumph of David’ in 2012, illustrating his distinctive approach to recreating the semblance of natural vision through the skill of the artifice that the Old Masters used to synthesise their vision of the seen world. Since the 1990’s he has regularly exhibited in London and New York, and in 2005 he was commissioned by the Museum of London to paint ‘A View of London seen from Buckingham Palace’ to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

 

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Born in 1965 in Maidstone, Kent. Studied Fine Art at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1983-86, and later gained an M.Phil. at Lancaster University in 1989. In 1992 he founded and led the Department of Visual Art at the Scarborough campus of the University of York until 1999. Since then he has been able to paint full-time, exhibiting in Britain and abroad, as well as occasionally writing and lecturing at his discretion.

Although his work has sometimes been misleadingly associated with Photorealism, it has never been part of his style or his approach to painting. The misunderstanding can arise from a superficial glance at a work of his, when closer attention reveals an entirely different method of working. Each one of his paintings is a result of working through drawings, photographs and oil studies to create a synthesis of several views in a subtly manipulated perspectival composition which no single viewpoint, or photograph, could capture on its own. The result is – as the artist has explained – the evocation of a different reality that is meant to seem familiar, but which manages to convey a synthesis of a time-based visual experience.

The proper context for his work has been recognised in recent years with invitations to exhibit his painting at London’s National Gallery, as part of its exhibition ‘Canaletto and his Rivals’ in 2010, and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, alongside Poussin’s ‘The Triumph of David’ in 2012, illustrating his distinctive approach to recreating the semblance of natural vision through the skill of the artifice that the Old Masters used to synthesise their vision of the seen world. Since the 1990’s he has regularly exhibited in London and New York, and in 2005 he was commissioned by the Museum of London to paint ‘A View of London seen from Buckingham Palace’ to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

 

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