Biography

Biography

CV

I was born at Herne Bay overlooking Auckland harbour NZ in 1958. Creativity was in my genes. My father was very good at drawing, a talent he picked up from his mother.


 
previously of 1+2 Artists Studio
Lilyfield
Sydney NSW 2049
EDUCATION
 
1979 – 1981
NZ Certificate of Town Planning (3 Years)
1982
Emigrated to Australia ,(1989) Australian citizenship
1985
Fine Arts Certificate (Meadowbank)(not completed)
1987
Graphic Arts Certificate, Brisbane.
1988 – 1997
Paint/Colour Laboratory Technician
SELECTED & GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
1984
Bankstown Art Show
1987
Redland Art Show, Brisbane
1994-1996
member/treasurer of CASA studio, Rozelle, Sydney
1997
Avoca Fine Art Gallery, Central Coast, NSW
Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown, NSW
1998
6 months UK, Huntington Art Prize
1999-2003
Member/president 1+2 Artists Studios, group show, Rozelle, Sydney
Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown, NSW
Group Show New Aesthetix Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney
2000
1+2 Artist Studios group Show, Rozelle
Parramatta Art Show, Sydney
Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown, NSW
2001
Sailing Heritage Art Show, Rozelle, Sydney
Glebe Benledi Art Show, Glebe, Sydney
Woollahra Public School Art Exhibition, Woollahra, Sydney
Blacktown City Art Exhibition, Blacktown, Sydney
Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown, NSW
1+2 Artists Studios group show, Rozelle, Sydney
2002
Waverley Woollahra Art Show
Mosman Art Prize
Sydney Grammar, Edgecliffe Preparatory School Inaugural Art Show
“Australia The Awakening”, Australian High Commission, London, UK
Strathfield Eco Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
2003
Frances Keevil Group Show, White City Tennis Club, Woollahra, Sydney
Sydney Affordable Art Show, Fox Studios
Balmain Art & Craft Show, Sydney
“New Faces-Fresh Paint #3. Made From Australia Galleries. Canberra. ACT
2004
Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Stanthorpe, QLD
Nimbin Autumn Show, Northern NSW
Cape Byron Gallery,Byron Bay, Northern NSW
Melbourne Affordable Art Show,Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, VIC
Sydney Affordable Art Show, Fox Studios, Sydney
Balmain Art & Craft Show, Sydney
Redhill Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Emporium Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2005
Paintbox Gallery, Braddon, Canberra, ACT
Melbourne Affordable Art Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, VIC
Gallery NewQuay,Docklands, Melbourne, VIC
ArtwithHeart, Fine Art Charity Exhibition and Auction, Docklands, Melbourne, VIC
Bruce Wattling Gallery, Newstead, Brisbane, QLD
Bentley Art Show, Northern Rivers NSW
Art Sydney 05, RHI and Horden Pavillion, Sydney
Balmain Art Show,Sydney
Shanghai Biennale,China,represented by Rushcutters Bay gallery
2006
Melbourne Affordable Art Show,Royal Exhibition Building,Carlton,VIC
Art Sydney 06,RHI and Horden Pavillion,Sydney
“Australia Calling” Dulwich art fair,London,UK,represented by Paintbox gallery
Bentley Art Show, Northern Rivers NSW
Austrade International Global promotion package
London Autumn Art Fair,London,UK
Art Ireland 06
Balmain Art Show,Sydney
Signature of Sydney
2007
Roxy Gallery, Kyogle, He-art Group Show,Northern NSW
Paintbox Gallery, Fulham,London,UK
Melbourne Affordable Art Show
Cape Gallery, Byron Bay, Northern NSW
Art Sydney 07
Balmain Art Show
2008
Stanthorpe Art Prize 08, Queensland
Art Melbourne 08
Art Brisbane 08
Gallery Schubert, Gold Coast, QLD
Art Sydney 08
Manyung Gallery,Mt Eliza,Victoria
2009
Art Melbourne 09
Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay,NSW
Manyung Gallery, Mt. Eliza,Victoria
ANL Mission to Seafarers Art Prize
Art Sydney 09
Balmain Art & Craft Show
2010
Art Melbourne 2010
Retrospect Gallery,Byron Bay, NSW
Manyung Gallery.Mt Eliza, Victoria
Paintbox Gallery, Canberra,ACT “Contained”
Gallery Beneath, Mooloolaba,Sunshine Coast,Queensland
Manyung Sorrento Gallery,Mornigton,Victoria
2011
Redsea Gallery Brisbane
Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney
Manyung Gallery, Sorrento & Portsea,Mornington Peninsula,Victoria
Baldarchy 2011
A Royal Exhibition,Newcastle, Harrison Galleries in conjunction with Mirvac Residential
Art Melbourne 2011
Retrospect Gallery, Gold Coast,QLD “Fusions”
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Show
Mission to Seafarers Victoria, ANL Maritime Art Prize Show, Melbourne, Victoria
London Art Show ,Battersea,UK, represented by Paintbox Gallery,Canberra S/O*
Singapore Art Show, represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O*
Balmain Art & Craft Show, Sydney
2012
Redsea Gallery,Group Exhibition, Brisbane
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show, Toowoomba, QLD
Brussels AAF, Belgium, represented by Retrospect Gallery
New York AAF, New York, USA represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O*
Envie D’Art, Paris, France & London UK
Art Melbourne AAF, Melbourne,represented by Retrospect Gallery
Hamptons Art Fair,July,New York,USA represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O*
Wilson Art Prize, Lismore, Northern NSW
Shanghai Art Fair, China, October, represented by Retrospect Gallery
Toronto International Art Fair, Canada, represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O*
Singapore Affordable Art Fair, represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O
Hamburg Affordable Art Fair, Germany, represented by Retrospect Gallery S/O*
Border Art Prize,Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW
Whistler Village Art Gallery,Whistler,British Columbia, Canada
S/O* = sold all work
2013
Brussels AAF, Belgium, represented by Retrospect Planet
Milan AAF, Italy, represented by Retrospect Planet
Hong Kong AAF, Hong Kong, represented by Retrospect Planet S/O*
Asian Contemporary Art Show,JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Manyung Gallery,
A Book about Death (international travelling art show) Tweed Art Gallery, Murwillumbah,NSW
Hong Kong Contemporary Art Show, Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong (rep. by Retrospect Planet)
Stockholm AAF, Stockholm, Sweden, represented by Retrospect Planet S/O*
Amsterdam AAF, Amsterdam, Holland, represented by Retrospect Planet
Hamburg AAF , Hamburg, Germany, represented by Retrospect Planet
Singapore AAF, Singapore, represented by Retrospect Planet
Seattle AAF, Seattle, USA, represented by Manyung Gallery
Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada
2014
Brussels AAF, Belgium, represented by Retrospect Planet
Milan AAF, Italy, represented by Retrospect Planet
London AAF, UK, represented by Retrospect PlanetS/O*
Hong Kong AAF; represented by Retrospect Planet
Asian Contemporary (Hong Kong)
Singapore AAF(May)
Stockholm AAF, Sweden (October)
Amsterdam AAF, Netherlands
Hamburg AAF, Germany
Singapore AAF, Singapore (November)
Northern Rivers Kyogle Pop Up exhibition (November)
Soho Galleries, Xmas group exhibition
2015
Artspace Warehouse Gallery , Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, USA, represented by Artspace Warehouse LAS/O
London AAF, Battersea, March, represented by Retrospect Planet. S/O
Asian Contemporary, Hong Kong, March, represented by Retrospect Planet S/O
New York AAF, USA, represented by Artspace Warehouse LA S/O
Hong Kong AAF, May, represented by Retrospect Planet S/O
Kunstwarenhaus Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane
Stockholm AAF 2015, Sweden (October) represented by Retrospect Planet
Asian Contemporary, Hong Kong, October exhibition, represented by Retrospect Planet S/O
Group Show SOHO Galleries, “Realism” Sydney, NSW
Singapore AAF (November show) Represented by Retrospect Planet
Hamburg AAF, Germany, Represented by Retrospect Planet
Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, finalist out of 850 entrants nationwide
2016
Whistler Contemporary Gallery, Whistler,BC , Canada
Caldera Art Exhibition, Murwillumbah, Northern NSW
Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, California,USA, represented by Artspace Warehouse
Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
New York AAF, represented by Artspace Warehouse, S/O
Hamptons Art Fair, Long Island, USA represented by Artspace Warehouse LA
Stockholm AAF 2016, Sweden, represented by Retrospect Planet
Artspace Warehouse Gallery, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA
Kunstwarenhaus Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
SOHO Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2017
Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, California USA, represented by Artspace Warehouse
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
 
2000
New Aesthetix Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney. “The Real, Surreal & Unreal.”
2001
1+2 Artists Studio Gallery, Rozelle. “The Buoys.”
2002 Feb
Rushcutters Bay Gallery. Sydney, NSW
2002 Oct
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW. “The Shipping News.”
2003 Jul
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW. “The Country.”
2004 May
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW. “Corruscapes.”
2005 May
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2005 Oct
Paintbox Gallery, Braddon, Canberra, ACT
2006 May
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney,NSW
2007 Jun
Paintbox Gallery,Braddon, Canberra, ACT
2007 July
Rushcutters Bay Gallery,Sydney,NSW, “Fragmented Memories”
2008 July
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney,NSW, “Urban Landscapes”
2010 Jun
Shared exhibition at Paintbox Gallery,ACT, “Contained”
2010 Jul
Harrison Gallery,Paddington,NSW, “Eclectic”
2011 May
Jackman Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, “Sideshow”
2012 June
Paintbox Fineart, Canberra,ACT, “Melange”
2013 May
Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW
AWARDS /FINALIST ART PRIZE EXHIBITIONS:
 
1984
Bankstown Annual Show. Sydney. 3rd Prize, drawing section.
1997
Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown, NSW. 1st Prize, traditional section.(acquisitive)
2001
Sailing Heritage Art Prize, Rozelle, Sydney. 1st Prize.
2002
Finalist Mosman Art Show(painting sold opening night)
2005
Bentley Art Show, 1st Prize (Section 1), Northern Rivers, NSW
2006
Bentley Art Show, 1st Prize (Section 2), Northern Rivers,NSW
2006
Finalist Signature of Sydney (painting sold at exhibition)
2009
Finalist 2009 ANL Maritime Art Prize
2011
Finalist 2011 ANL Maritime Art Prize
2011
Finalist Bald Archy Prize
2012
Finalist Wilson Art Prize, Lismore Northern Rivers, NSW (painting sold in exhibition)
2012
Finalist Border Art Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW (painting sold in exhibition)
2015
Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Mosman, Sydney ,Australia (105 finalists, 850 entrants, nation wide)
WORKS IN PRIVATE AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS IN:
 
Australia
New Zealand
Great Britain
Scotland
USA(New York, Hamptons, Texas, New Hampshire ,San Francisco, Cleveland/Ohio, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Detroit, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Washington DC )
Switzerland(Zurich)
Japan
Singapore
Hong Kong
France( Paris, Tignes, Ploemeur)
Canada(Toronto, Whistler, Calgary)
Germany(Hamburg,Fulda)
Belgium(Antwerp)
Italy(Milan)
Holland(Amsterdam)
Sweden(Stockholm)
Malaysia
New Caledonia (Noumea)
ING Bank
Babcock & Brown
Barclays Bank
Saville Hotel Group
Savills Property Group
Hai Win Shipping
Allkotes Pty Ltd
Blue Scope Steel Pty Ltd
Sieper & Co
A.P. Moller Maersk Group
Swire Shipping Auckland NZ
Glencore Grain Auckland NZ
Grant Thomas Management
Maridan Pty Ltd(Francis Keevil Art)
Blue Water Views Pty Ltd
Esprit Changeware Pty Ltd
Todd McKenny(entertainer)
Luke Mangan(restaurateur)
Campbelltown Catholic Club
Minter Ellison Canberra
Hutchison Port Holdings UK
Welcome Hotel Balmain
Emma Sheldrake(artist)
Olga Harrison(Harrison Galleries)
Frank Malerba (Jackman Gallery)
Wilson Lawyers Toowoomba QLD
Christian Faulstich (Fulda,Germany)
State of the Arts Gallery Hong Kong
Sol Campbell (British footballer)
J P Sels (Paris, France)
Australian Cotton Shippers Association (Hilton Lobb)
Single Market Events Pty Ltd(convenor of Sydney/Melbourne Art Shows)
Sydney Town Hall (Sydney City Council)Single Market Events Pty Ltd(convenor of Sydney/Melbourne Art Shows)

Biography

I was born at Herne Bay overlooking Auckland harbour NZ in 1958. Creativity was in my genes. My father was very good at drawing, a talent he picked up from his mother. My mother was a gifted opera singer although she did not persue a professional career. Her mother had starred in the film Broken Barrier,the first major movie to be made in NZ since the end of WW2.
My family then moved to a new sub division on a peninsula in the western suburbs of Auckland. Life in the suburbs was going to school, lots of swimming in the holidays and developing a talent for drawing. I became engrossed in drawing everything and anything; copying anatomical drawings as I thought I might be a doctor and lots of boats and ships as my grandfather served in the Royal Navy and he would take me to see the visiting sailing ships. Being able to draw made me popular with the other pupils and put me in good stead with the teachers. Soon , I was winning art competitions and exhibiting in the school fetes and local junior exhibitions. At the age of 7 tragedy struck when my father died. My world changed forever, my childhood sense of security was gone but my one constant was being good at art which got me the grades to get my School Certificate and University Entrance.
Leaving school I commenced a part time Town Planning course at the Auckland Technical Institute and worked in the chemical industry to pay my way. Eventually I was offered a Town Planning cadetship at one of the Auckland county councils. Somehow it didn’t quite seem like me. I wanted to travel and see a bit more of the world so in 1982 along with a bunch of friends I had grown up with we moved to Sydney Australia. Life was tough moving to a new country with very little money and I had to get a job quickly.
So it was another chemical industry job in paint manufacturing. Being young we hung out at pubs and went to lots of music venues and for the first time in my life, I met artists sharing studios in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst which was a very new and exciting concept for me. After work I would spend all my time drawing. Soon I had enough work to put a portfolio together, submitted it to Meadowbank Tafe and was accepted with an A pass into the Fine Arts course by the principal Jocelyn Maughan.I was lucky to have exceptionally good teachers including Ross Harvey who taught me painting.
I was devastated when part way through the course, I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and had to leave Meadowbank. After hospitalization I moved to Brisbane to be near my siblings. While I was in Brisbane I completed a Graphic Arts course in Westend. Physically and emotionally recovered, I returned to Sydney 18 months later and had to rethink where I was heading and what I wanted to do. I was fortunate to get a job in the lab with the paint company where I previously worked. Not quite in the art world but one historically developed by artists. I learnt about paint, pigments, resins, oils and acrylics, colour matching and paint making. The Fine Arts course at Meadowbank taught me a lot but I wanted a more contemporary, studio based experience and in 1994 became a member of CASA artists’ studios in Rozelle. It was a truly inspiring environment with a great bunch of artists working at different levels,styles and mediums. There were many discussions about art, we exchanged ideas and information and supported one another. It was wonderful being in an environment with other artists. Later, CASA transformed into a much larger studio space called 1+2 Artists studios with about 50 artists. During this time, I had been exhibiting in a number of small galleries and art shows and had won awards for drawing at the Bankstown show and first place in the traditional section of the Fishers Ghost at Campbelltown.
At 1+2 I did enough work to have my first solo exhibition with some moderate success, and that was the beginning of actually selling my art work and being taken up by commercial galleries. Surrealism interested me significantly in my quest to understand modern art. I wanted to combine the use of contemporary surrealism with hyper realism to create my own signature style of painting. The shipping container paintings evolved from when my wife and I moved to the UK and took our car with all ou possessions inside a container. I was intrigued by the idea of lives being encapsulated in these coloured steel boxes with their huge company logos painted on the sides of containers that traversed all parts of the world. The idea for the corrugated signage paintings developed from these images as did my paintings of the stacked containers aboard ships and at the docks.