Welcome! I studied in Paris for a year and four years in NYC at the New York Studio School, returning to London to do my MA at Byam Shaw. I am an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and former Trustee/Board Member and have exhibited in the UK, Paris and New York. Head of Sculpture at The Art Academy near London Bridge, UK. I teach in a number of educational institutions and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. My website
I have three inter-related motivations in my sculpture and drawings:
Figuratively - I make portraits or figures of individuals that history has little recognised for their achievements, often people of colour, to unveil their stories and prompt further enquiry.
Abstract sculpture - I coalesce tactile, amorphous surfaces, embedded with negative impressions forced by absent man-made structures, primarily in plaster with mixed media relating to the primal connection between people and their environment. People have always been syncretised with nature and beliefs the world over.
And Tigers! - The word ‘TIGER’ conjures up a multitude of images, symbolism and sensibilities in cultures east and west. It is a grand but sad vehicle to make comment on human action on the blessings of this planet.
There are only 3,200 wild tigers remaining globally. Half the numbers since 1982, and now just 3% of the 100,000 that there were a century ago! The tiger faces extinction as breeding possibilities are minimised by separated territories. And still poaching for skins, demand for Chinese medicines and human-tiger land conflicts threaten the tiger’s survival. My work exposes these facts and celebrates the beauty and prowess of the tiger.
The Chinese believe that the tiger is a protector from fire, thieves and ghosts. It is a symbol of power, regal in some cultures, as well as its strength and sexuality.
I was commissioned to make a life-size 'Tiger Going For A Swim' sculpture for ZSL [Zoological Society London] for London Zoo in Regent's Park. The new tiger enclosure is 5 times the size of the previous enclosure and the sculpture was installed for its opening for Easter 2013.
And yes! my birth year is the Year of the Tiger.