News

February 2023

  • I’m currently working on a series of mosaic urban interventions to install in the vicinity of Nicolls Art Gallery in Glasgow in time for the opening of my solo show ‘Nesting 2020’. The series of paintings which I had made during Lockdown will be exhibited in the beautiful, intimate space of the gallery from 17 March to 26 March. This particular time marks the third anniversary of the start of Lockdown as well as the third birthday of gallery Nicolls.

January 2023

  • Urban Bloom features in the latest issue of Grout – a publication by the Brittish Association for Modern Mosaics.

  • The Urban Art Class at Glasgow City Mission has resumed and folk are so happy to be back in the friendly community. For some the Christmas break has been particularly challenging.
Urban Art Class at Glasgow City Mission

December 2022

  • A festive Art Viewing of work from the Urban Art Class at Glasgow City Mission took place midday on Tuesday 20 December in the historic Grand Ballroom at Sloans in Glasgow. A slideshow celebrating 18 artists at work as well as a selection of their art pieces were on display. The event was very well attended and the artist sold 17 artworks. In the evening Across The Board hosted a hugely successful night in the Sub Club in Glasgow to raise funds for the ongoing work at GCM.
GCM Urban Art Viewing in the Grand Ballroom at Sloans

November 2022

  • The inaugural exhibition of the UK scarf for the global project Mosaic for Afghan Women will take place at Creative Stirling from 17 November until 1 December. The public launch is on Wednesday evening, the 16th at 6pm. Mosaicists from all countries are invited to draw inspiration from the colours, patterns, and textures of beautiful traditional Afghan dresses to create a long scarf to honour Afghan culture.
  • Taking part in the exhibition Creative Resilience: Scene but not Heard at Yardlife Gallery and Acid Bar Gallery in Glasgow. The exhibition brings together the work from 25 artists across a variety of disciplines to ‘celebrate the creativity of rebelliousness and experimentation connected with Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti and Urban Intervention Art.’ I’ll be exhibiting four new mosaic interventions and a mosaic seat from 2021.

June 2022

  • Celebrating Urban Bloom…a tile mosaic for Glasgow, inspired by Glasgow…Located in the public thoroughfare under a railway arch at SWG3 in the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District. The mosaic is made from Cesi frost proof tiles and sits on a rendered brick wall.
Urban Bloom 2022
  • The installation of the mosaic mural Urban Bloom was completed on the last day of May.
Installing Urban Bloom at SWG3 in Glasgow

May 2022

  • Making progress on the mosaic Urban Bloom for an arched wall at SWG3 in Glasgow. I’m aiming to have the mosaic completed and installed at the beginning of June, in time for the international graffiti, street art and design festival Yardworks 18-19 June.
detail of Urban Bloom in progress
  • The Urban Art Class at Glasgow City Mission is continuing on Friday mornings and I enjoy teaching the 10-12 participants with the help of two volunteers. The class is structured to allow each member to work on a unique project according to their preference and ability. The artworks range from drawing in a variety of mediums, painting on paper and canvas, ceramics and collage.

April 2022

  • Work on the mosaic Urban Bloom for a wall at SWG3 started in my studio at the end of April.
Urban Bloom in progress
  • During the month I have installed several ‘mosaic interventions’ on the streets of Glasgow. Most of them in secret and anonymous, but for some I have posted images on Instagram.
Intervention at Easter
  • The Arboretum at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a beautiful ‘haven’. I am enjoying fresh Spring mornings there, drawing in my sketchbook and being immersed in all the gifts of sight, sound and smell it has to offer.
sketchbook drawing at Glasgow Arboretum
  • At the beginning of April I submitted a design for a large scale wall mosaic at SWG3 in Glasgow. The idea for the design is inspired by a mosaic detail in the ceiling of the Glasgow City Chambers, the Wally Closes of Glasgow tenement buildings, the plants growing in old stone walls, white and yellow street markings and the powerful visual language of mosaic – transforming the broken into the beautiful.
design sketch for Urban Bloom

March 2022

  • Constellations, an international exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary mosaics runs from 21 March until 24 April in Chester Cathedral. I’m thrilled to take part in this exhibition with a site-specific sculpture called Between Heaven and Earth.
  • Ethereal is part of the Constellations exhibition in Chester Cathedral. This collaborative site-specific installation exists of more than 400 bottle top mosaics, sent to Chester from around the world. I enjoyed being part of the team who installed the amazing collection of art works.
Ethereal
Ethereal‘, detail

February 2022

  • My latest memorial painting commission is completed and sent off to Singapore. The portrait is in oil on linen and measures 50 x 60cm.
Happy‘, oil on linen, 50 x 60 cm
  • This 10 x 20cm mosaic is my contribution to the project Mosaic for Afghan Women. Mosaicists from all countries are invited to draw inspiration from the colours, patterns, and textures of beautiful traditional Afghan dresses to create a long scarf to honour Afghan culture.
Bird‘, 20 x 20cm, porcelain tiles

January 2022

  • The Urban Art Class at Glasgow City Mission has resumed on Friday mornings and I enjoy teaching the 10-15 participants with the help of two volunteers. The class is structured to allow each member to work on a unique project according to their preference and ability. The artworks range from drawing in a variety of mediums, painting on paper and canvas, ceramics and collage.
Urban Art, Gllasgow City Mission
  • Another memorial painting commission from a client in Singapore came in this month. Once I have received sufficient references to work from, I hope to commence the painting in February.
  • The site-specific mosaic sculpture Between Heaven and Earth for the Constellations exhibition in the Chapter House of Chester Cathedral is now completed and the accompanying text and images are submitted. The exhibition is due to open on 22 March and will be up and running until 24 April 2022.
Between Heaven and Earth‘, mosaic sculpture detail
  • A work session entitled Collaborate with the WildArt Garden is being planned for university students as part of the Glasgow Goes Green event in February 2022. During the session students will be making collage art works in paper and paint with surface textures, patterns and shapes harvested directly from the University of Glasgow’s Wildlife Garden. 
  • The portrait Installation in the Trees is long listed for the Scottish Portrait Awards and currently in their online exhibition. The inspiration for this painting on wood came while assisting artists Louise McVey and Agnes Jones with an installation in the Wildlife Garden of the University of Glasgow. Louise is a ceramic artist and singer song-writer, best known for her street art in Glasgow and beyond. She has been collaborating with Agnes, a blacksmith in Glasgow, in making art for public spaces.
Installation in the Trees‘ (Street artist Louise McVey), oil on wood, 136 x 90cm, 2021