Graduating from Art College at the end of the 70’s, I survived punk, post-modernism and the rise of Thatcherism with my belief in traditional art values and particularly drawing, intact. Like many other struggling young artists at that time, I developed a secondary career working with the homeless and drug dependent people. My work with the excluded has influenced me deeply and reflects my admiration for the beauty and resilience of the human body, existing within the often harsh conditions of the modern city.
Specialising in drawing and printmaking, a sketchbook is my constant companion and I blog a drawing daily. In printmaking I focus on block (relief) printing in lino, wood and polythene sheet; monotypes, full-colour and monochrome; and etching, using photopolymer and drypoint.
''The exhibition I will be showing is called ‘Rinascere’. It is an Italian word which means ‘to be reborn’ or ‘to revive’. I chose it because I have been deliberately working with Renaissance techniques and materials for some time and the word ‘rinascere’ is the root of the word ‘renaissance’. I also identified with its meaning ‘to revive’ in the light of the current art trends which have moved away from traditional skills such as drawing and etching. ''
‘Rinascere’ is a body of small works comprising ten solar plate etchings and the eight Renaissance-style drawings that inspired them. It also includes some very large figurative drawings in the ‘manier-noir’ style.
''Almost all my work is derived from life, whether standing in the street doing speed sketches or working with professional life-drawing models. My real-life, real-time experience of drawing inspires me to develop drawing installations and original prints.''
You can see more of me on my blog at www.scribblah.wordpress.com or my website at www.scribblah.co.uk
If you’d like to get in touch, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07817 000749