Current work in progress and recently completed work.
Yevonde, Life and Colour
@ the National Portrait Gallery
I was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to create 25 new hand made Tri-colour Carbon prints for the launch exhibition, 'Yevonde, Life and Colour', in the newly refurbished building.
Yevonde was ahead of her contemporaries in advocating for the use of colour in portrait photography in the 1930s. She was a great experimenter and a tour de force amongst her peers. A fabulous photographer with a gift for composing in colour. This is all before the invention of colour film. The Carbon prints in the exhibition were made from her original black and white glass plate negatives, digitised and enlarged as silver halide film. I undertook research into historic pigments that would have been used in the 1930s that led to a more accurate representation of her work produced at that time.
It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding commissions of my life, and I hope in some measure that the production of this work for such a high profile exhibition and the video documentary that accompanies the show will inspire a new generation of artists and photographers to take up the challenge of this unique, beautiful and fully archival process.
The exhibition will be on till the 15th October 2023 then tours to the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle for 6 months from the 4th November to the 14th April 2024. Supported by the CHANEL CULTURE FUND.
Heads & Tails Picturing People and Other Animals
9 September - 28 October 2023
The Fermoy Gallery and Shakespeare Barn
St. George's Guildhall
29 King Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1HA
Heads and Tails will be a group exhibition of ten artists exploring the interspecies bonds formed between people and animals and how they look within the home, the workplace or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now.