Based in Lyon, I am a freelance artist and screen printer from Manchester.
After graduation from Leeds college of Art in 2013, I set up a small business providing screen printing, painting and illustration services. The company Take Root Printing grew alongside my art until October 2019 when I moved to France. Closing it was sat, yet it was time to move on to be a full time artist.
Alongside the business I continued my artistic practice ranging from watercolour and pen illustration work to my greatest passion, large scale portraiture. I use painting and illustration to comment on the circumstance of the day, from the oversaturated to the obscure. I enjoy using painting to retell a story that has been oversaturated in the media and also to shine a light on those our collective consciousness chooses to ignore.
I feel indebted to the spectator of my work, so choose to reward attention with ‘easter eggs’ in my work. These can range from small jokes to cryptic clues hidden in plain site. I enjoy the idea that someone can walk away from one of my paintings with their curiosity piqued, with a desire to pursue the chosen subject independently afterwards.
Recently I have participated in some great residencies, from a sojourn in the Leeds Print Workshop for Indie Food Week to a breathtaking residency at The Courti Estate, corfu.
During the summer I was lucky enough to have one of my oil portraits ‘Coltan’ included in the RBSA’s portrait exhibition.