My work is a keyhole, a private encounter with ‘an other life'.  This is not a comfortable space. It is not meant to be. This is a space of dirty morals, a world on the verge of breaking down. Whatever the image, the faceless face, the woman dying alone - they share a common oblivion, an abyss at once modern and wicked, testimony to a world so out-of-joint that we no longer seem to know the meaning of being .

My work lies in the interval where art and life rub together.  It is found on the streets;  in the banal everyday lived experience of the marginal individual and their relationship with the world they inhabit; in the isolation of those banished behind the walls we build to keep out any who threaten our ‘pristine cultural imagination' we guard so anxiously.  I see the lives of ‘the Other', not one which any would aspire to lead or even acknowledge, but those lives that live forever behind closed doors, closed worlds.

Without art there is no public. Without art there is no politics. It should speak to us, make us think, make us ask questions of it and of ourselves. If it fails to do so then it has failed. I seek the soapbox no more than the politician seeks charcoal, and yet there is politics somewhere on the canvas, smeared into the blackness, visible only as a stain. The Other looms large, but never large enough, reduced only to a fragment. If I can find a way to see her, so can you. 

I am undertaking a critical genealogy of human displacement from the 19th century into late modernity, tracing the socio-political abjection through narratives of loss and movement. In this way I will look to connect my work with artists through the centuries who have depicted the abject ‘Other.' 

Qualifications and Training:

2004 - 2006 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2000 - 2003 Drawing BA (Hons), Camberwell College of Arts, London
1998 - 2000 Foundation, Camberwell College of Arts, London

Selected Prizes, Awards and Exhibitions:

2019 . Draw Art Fair London, Saatchi Gallery

2019 Venice Biennale, ‘Alive in the Universe’
2018 First Prize Winner, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (formerly Jerwood Drawing Prize)

2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, finalist 

2016 Regional Prize for London, NOA

2011 Honorary Research Fellowship, Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University

2018 IAA/AIAP/UNESCO International Exhibition EDU, Human Rights, Italy.

Work held in the Opera Campana dei Caduti Foundation, AIAPI-UNESCO

2019 .Albemarle Gallery relaunch at Pontone Gallery London SW3

2019 . Aesthetica Art Prize, long list

2019 Pastel Society 120th Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London SW1

2018 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2018 The Inner and The Outer, Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1
2018 Aesthetica Art Prize, long list
2018 Pontone Gallery, London SW3
2017 MS Amlin Award, shortlist
2017 ‘Holocaust Memorial', Architectural Review Future Projects Competition, collaboration, shortlisted 
2017 'The Hope', film by Susan Steinberg (credited images), Freud Museum, London
2016 Jerwood Drawing Prize, shortlist
2016 Albemarle Gallery, Albemarle Street, London W1
2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2015 Albemarle Gallery, London W1
2015 ArtGemini Prize, London SE1, shortlist
2014 Derwent Art Prize, London SW1, shortlist
2014 Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London W1
2013 'Decomposition', The Berwick Watchtower, Berwick-upon-Tweed
2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, long list
2013 Charlie Smith, Anthology, long list
2013 Solo show, Chelsea Arts Club, London SW3
2008 Solo Show, Signal Gallery, Hoxton, London EC2
2007 Celeste Art Prize, shortlist
2006 Huis Marseille - museum voor fotografie, Amsterdam
2004 ‘Disciplinary Procedures’, South London Gallery/Camberwell College of Arts SE5
2004 ‘Future Map’, London Institute, Davies Street W1
2001 ‘What is Drawing?’ Centenary Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts SE5

Recent Publications:

2018 Interview in Aesthetica Magazine

2018 . Interview with Jacksons art

2018 Artist and Illustrators, Fresh Paint

2017 Interalia Magazine ‘Drawing Thoughts’: