I am a prize-winning professional portrait painter and elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA). My work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the UK, including in London’s Mall Galleries. In 2017 I was shortlisted by the country’s leading art magazine for Artist of the Year.
My aim is to capture the zeitgeist and create contemporary portraiture with a social realism. I like my paintings to tell stories about the subjects through a strong visual narrative.
The majority of my non-commissioned paintings explore the subject of humanity and our relationship with technology. Our digital and social mediated world is dominated with manipulated personal experiences, narcissism and false self. I am fascinated with people’s use of personal technology and how it impacts on our world and relationships. My work can be read as a social documentary that poses questions about our digital epoch and the status of the human being within contemporary society.
There is an intentional dichotomy between the technology-centric images that I observe and my traditional method of painting. Whilst the scenes that I see can pass in seconds, it can take many days, if not weeks, for me to meticulously preserve in paint the true essence of that fleeting moment.
If you’re interested in commissioning me, I have written a ‘Guide to Commissioning a Portrait’ which I’d be happy to send you for free – just email firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07753 805636.