I make ceramics and draw, creating figures and structures that evoke personal and shared 21st century paradoxes, the work is broadly figurative. I have had a portfolio career in art and design which spans working as a community artist, a freelance illustrator and more recently supporting my artistic practice by working as a web designer.
My Restart blog on A-N discusses some of the issues faced by any artist trying to establish a practice in the uk. My involvement in psychotherapy, Jungian analysis and men’s groups over many years has culminated in the creation of The Artists Space and The Artists Hour.
Workshops and sessions for artists
The Artists Space is a one day workshop in which artists can take an overview of the state of their practice in terms of personal meaning and satisfaction and consider how they might progress. The Artists Hour is a consultation session on a similar basis with individuals. These short pieces of work could transform your art practice without the faintest hint of criticism.
My ceramic work looks at what it means to be a male in a diverse and fast evolving culture where masculine roles have changed much faster than the recurrent scripts that support them. This is my intention but I do not tackle gender politics head on, rather it forms the backdrop to the way I make things. At the present almost all my work is of (male) figures, this is a relatively new strand in my output. I want to use my sculpture and drawing artworks to explore the rich complexity of being a man in a post feminist age.
This is a workshop about the highs and lows of being an artist. Participants will investigate what is good and what is difficult about the role of artist for each of us. The core purpose of the group is to develop the skills of reflection and listening – especially to yourself. The work is focused on the individual with the group acting as support and a mirror. The intention of the event is to create a space where it is safe to explore the many questions and contradictions that arise from choosing to be an artist.
In this blog I look at the process of learning how to get beyond the studio and engage with ideas, other artists and the wider public through writing. I aim to reveal key points about turning an art practice into one that has a public aspect, logging what that involves and how it affects the balance of my activities. Subjects include: How most artists are part-timers, Being male, The men’s movement, The complexities of working in an ancient medium now, The creative cycle, The physical and mental health of artists.