Visual Arts Scotland FLY Exhibition 2016 Pre Selection

I’m thrilled to be able to say that ‘Trade Entrance’, one of my works from the Assemblage / Disassemblage series Arrangements, has been pre-selected for this years Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition FLY.

The exhibition will open from the 3 – 27 December at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Read more on the ‘Arrangements’ series below:


Is a new body of work in part inspired by the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi, and the idea that everything has its own energy, and in that sense is persuasive or causal.

The artist has attempted to step back and act as a conduit, any gestures on his part being non-descriptive, following an intuitive reaction to the content.

Objects have been selected, seemingly at random, from found objects and photography, primarily from the artist’s archive. Selections from these photographs often come from the periphery of an image, outwith any usual focal point. Each element has been selected from a different source and through layers of process, whittled down to a point of near-obscurity, while still just retaining a trace recognisable visual element. Segments then go through an additional stage of treatment as a personal reaction to its content, feel or energy, before being placed on the canvas. The composite pieces and media are then choreographed into meticulous arrangements, each in the process of evolution.

Some elements are varnished and preserved, given focus and import – others have been eroded until they are transformed from the source material, or indeed return to a state of pulp or fibre, or mesh back in with the paint. With this organic process in a constant state of motion, it is impossible to say exactly when an arrangement has reached a point of resolution or completion.

It is an intended paradox that the pinnacle of an arrangement’s existence co-exists with its demise, with an equilibrium sustained between the emergent images and those receding. This is also the reason why circular canvases have been chosen and frames are repurposed and adapted. As the sculptural paintings progress they are exhibited, although the process of their evolution is still ongoing, much like moss covering a tree.

These works explore both the syntax of the juxtaposed materials and the notion of the viewer’s authorship. As such, there is a deliberate ambiguity left in these densely crafted abscapes. They sit on the cusp of the occasional and the crafted, waiting to be activated by the viewer’s eye.

Pictured: Trade Entrance


Acrylic and Pantone Ink, Collage, Newspaper, Pulp, Wallpaper, Gauze, Household Varnish, Oil on recycled MDF on Brass, 60 x 60cm

Work In Progress

© the artist


Open Studios

Looking forward to taking part in our Albion Road Artists, WASPS Open Studios Weekend as part of Leith Late with some amazing artists!

It’s happening on the 12th and 13th September with a special preview to the Albion Road WASPS Open Studios on Friday 11th from 7pm.  Hope to see you there!