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I was born in North Wales, educated in the North of England and grew up in London. I studied art for five years, graduating with a 1st. Class Honours BA in Fine Art (Painting).I have always made a living from being creative but my career was never a constant nor particularly considered path, more an out of control firework zig-zagging through a host of disciplines, a bunch of interesting people and many missed opportunities.
I’ve been a creative director in advertising, a copywriter, an animator, a comedy writer and performer, an art director and a graphic designer amongst a legion of creative endeavours all of which, both the highs and lows, I relished and cherished. I never said no to a job. I’ve been extremely fortunate.
After art college I pursued my passion for ‘comedy’ and, along with two other like-minded souls, wrote and performed the length and breadth of the UK in our own, hour-long comedy revue. We were a bit ahead of our time, the precursors of ‘alternative comedy,’ but were spotted and signed to the same London management agency as Fleetwood Mac. Life on the road led to life in London and a new adventure as director of an animation studio based in an historic Thames-side wharf. Crunchy Frog Studios worked on TV projects and feature films for production companies in London, Paris and Los Angeles.
Around the same time I was commissioned to paint murals on the walls of Elton John’s record company. And that led to a life in rock’n’ roll, the setting up of a studio in London’s Wardour Street and album sleeve design for everyone from pop-icons Queen to new-wave rockers signed to Stiff Records, where I became creative director. I was asked to write a double-page ad for a new Barry Manilow album and that opened doors to a life in advertising.
For much of my professional career I worked from my studios in Soho, Carnaby Street and Convent Garden. I specialised, working as a creative consultant in film, television and stage entertainment. My clients were diverse and demanding and the projects always challenging. I worked extensively with George Harrison’s HandMade Films and with the Monty Pythons; created film posters and campaigns for the iconic Withnail and I, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Life of Brian, A Fish Called Wanda and the Bond movies; sold Bentley motor cars to the Japanese market and Rolls-Royce to the English; designed high-end magazines for high-street retailers; wrote strap-lines for Hollywood blockbusters (notably Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula) and campaigns for West End musicals and English National Opera. And my double-page ad helped launch the career of Barry Manilow.
When I wasn’t being paid to be creative I’ve performed at the Edinburgh Festival, been a D&AD judge, competed in the Daily Mail London to New York Air Race, written editorial for magazines and scripts for television. And once, aged twenty-two, was Father Christmas at a large, UK department store.
Now life has come full circle and, to my complete surprise, I’ve picked up the brushes again. I paint whatever interests me. The subject must be challenging, engaging and seemingly, whithout any conscious or devious planning on my part, always turns out to be quirky, idiosyncratic and slightly ‘off-the-wall.’ What is important to me is that people like my work. I know I do!
ARTBOX.PROJECT Art Basel, Miami 2019
SWISSARTEXPO, Zurich 2019
The Other Art Fair, Melbourne 2019
Bonhams Auction House, New York and London, 2019
Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 2018
Finalist, Moreton Bay Region Art Awards 2018
Finalist, Brisbane Art Spectacular 2018 (3 individual works)
Finalist, Brisbane Art Spectacular 2017
Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 2017
Finalist, Brisbane Art Spectacular 2016
Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 2016
Moreton Bay Region Art Gallery: Reanimating the Inanimate 2016 (3 individual works)
Finalist, Moreton Bay Region Art Awards 2015
Finalist, Clayton Utz Art Award 2015
Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 2015
Finalist, Brisbane Art Spectacular 2015 (3 individual works)
Royal Queensland Show (Fine Art) 2015 (2 individual works)
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