DATE OF BIRTH:
14 November 1971, Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Montrose Academy, Angus, Scotland (1983 - 1989)
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland (1989 - 1993)
Bachelor of Design (Hons), Illustration and Printmaking
Atelier Contrepoint (formerly Atelier 17), Paris (1994 - 1996, 1998)
Assistant printmaker to Sun Sun Yip (1994 - 1995 & 1998)
Assistant printmaker to Hector Saunier (1995 - 1996)
Technician/tutor at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (1999 - 2000)
Technician/tutor at Belfast Print Workshop (2000 - 2002)
Manager/tutor at Belfast Print Workshop (2002 – 2009)
2D Team Leader/ Printmaking at Elam School of Fine Arts (2009 – present)
Professional Teaching Fellow at Elam School of Fine Arts (2014 – 2015)
2005: “New Contemporaries”, Art Tank, Belfast; “12 Printmakers”, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast; “Showcase”, 411 Gallery, Hangzhou city, China; RGI, Glasgow.
2006: “Mind, Body, Soul”, Naughton Gallery, Empreinte Showcase, Luxembourg; Belfast; Gracefield Mini Print Show, Dumfries (Prizewinner).
2007: “Double Elephant”, Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast. “Rediscover”, Washington, USA; “Input-Amplification-Output”, Arttank, Belfast; “Diverse Realities”, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Canada.
2008: Solo Show, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn. “Footprint” Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk. Royal Ulster Academy Annual Show, Belfast. “Impressions”, Galway, ROI. “Node”, Original Print Gallery, Dublin (Prizewinner).
2009: ”Eros – Thanatos”, Quebec, Canada. “Rock”, Luxembourg.
2010: “Homework”, Project Space, Elam School of Fine Arts, NZ. “Red”, Solander Works on Paper, Wellington, NZ.
2011: “Underground Art”, House of Hedone, Auckland. “8 Technicians”, Project Space, Elam School of Fine Arts, NZ.
2012: “Print Internacional de Cadaques” – Cadaques, Spain.
2013: “Ask an Expert” – Project Space, Elam School of Fine Arts. “Cartographies of Ruin”, Solo show, Saatchi and Saatchi, Auckland. “First Impressions”, Mairangi Bay Arts centre (Prizewinner)
2014: Solo Show, Wharepuke Gallery, New Zealand.
2015: “Thinking of Place” Touring show, Aus and NZ.“Pacific Rim International”, 241 Chambers Gallery, Christchurch, NZ.
2016: NZPPA, finalist. Hamilton. SGCI, Portland, themed portfolio, “Altered Impressions”.
Barbara Rae (2001); Alice Maher; James Allen; Sophie Aghajanian (2002); Diarmuid Delargy; David Mach; Brian Connolly (2003); Stuart Duffin; Natalie Russell (2004); Sun Sun Yip; Diarmuid Delargy (2005); Claire Morgan (2006); Scott Laverie; Simon McWilliams; Ivan Armstrong (2007) Hector McDonald; David Haughey, Barbara Rae (2008); Neil Shawcross (2009). Heavy Industries (Korea); P Mule; Michael Parekowhai (2010) Paul Elliman (2011) Fiona Conner (2014)
2000: Angus Artists Summer Salon, Forfar, Scotland
2006: British Mini Prints: Gracefield, Scotland
2008: “Node”. OPG, Dublin, ROI.
2013: “First Impressions”, Mairangi Bay Arts Centre, New Zealand.
Conoco Phillips (UK), Aberdeen. House of Lords, London. Northern Ireland Arts Council. Derby F.C. Co. Wexford County Council, ROI. Angus County Council, Scotland. Bavaria Motors Group. Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast. BBC Northern Ireland. University of Stirling, Scotland.
2005: Impact Printmaking conference, Berlin / Poznan
2006: Artists Residency, Atelier Empreinte, Luxembourg
2010: Lithography Master Class, APS, Auckland, NZ.
First Aid course, University of Auckland.
2011: Impact Printmaking Conference, Melbourne, Australia
2012: “The Art of Printmaking”, Talk and Demo, Auckland Art Gallery.
2013: First Aid refresher, University of Auckland
2014: “University learning and Teaching”, for new Academics, University of Auckland.
2015: “Thinking of Place”, Artist Panel discussion, Depot Artspace, Auckland.
Artist guest speaker, Blikfang Gallery, Northcote Point, Auckland.
2016: “The Art of Lithography”, gallery talk and demonstration, Auckland Art Gallery.
From October 1994 to July 1998 I extended my printmaking experience at the Atelier Contrepoint in Paris, France. The Atelier has a world-wide reputation since its original founding by S.W Hayter. During my time there I studied and developed my skills in the technique of simultaneous colour printing (viscosity) and the use of classical burin in modern engraving and etching. I was soon invited to work as printmaking assistant to Hector Saunier, the Atelier’s director, and its head technician, Sun Sun Yip. My responsibilities included the preparation of all work surfaces, mixing of viscosity and intaglio inks, roller and press maintenance and exhibition arrangements.
On returning to Scotland I was employed at the newly built Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre to assist in the set up of their printmaking facilities, this gave me valuable knowledge in the use of space and layout of open access workshops.
After Dundee I was the manager of Belfast Print Workshop. My responsibilities there included the day to day running of the workshop as well as the promotion of the studio through the organisation of both internal and outreach classes, professional development courses, and the displaying of members’ works in exhibitions on both the national and international stage.
Gaining the position of 2D Team Leader for Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, I took up this position in July 2009. My responsibilities here include the teaching of Fine Art Printmaking to 1st years through to PHD candidates, as well as the day to day running of the department.
I was promoted to the position of Professional Teaching Fellow in 2014, for an experimental crossover between Technical and Academic staff.