I am an artist based in Lancashire, UK, with an MA in Design and Art Direction, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005. Upon graduation I co-founded our small press 'Bracketpress', with my partner Christian Brett, a typesetter and artist. The Bracketpress archive is held by the Special Collections Library at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In addition I embarked upon widening my practice across elements of fine art, print and illustration, as well as publishing books, and working as the art director for the Idler magazine.
My commercial work as a book designer and illustrator, informs my personal work, many of my projects involve evoking atmosphere, humour, and story elements. I focus on illustrating and documenting historical, scientific, psychological, sociological themes, which vary from project to project. My usual working process starts with in-depth research from historical and modern reference material, I then collage and develop my sketches and often utilise and blend traditional printmaking and digital media to create installations, prints and book editions. I play with visual allegories and metaphors to relay complex stories and knowledge, to create new and surreal interpretations.
My work has been exhibited at various venues in the UK, USA and in Europe. I regularly exhibit and sell my personal work at local print fairs in the UK.
A selection of clients and collaborations include:
Ebury / Cassell Illustrated
Judith Clark (curator)
Marcel Theroux (writer)
Matt Hulse (film maker)
Leeds Central Library, Room 700 gallery space
Barbican Art Gallery
Royal Academy of Dance's Dance Gazette
Greater Manchester Museums Group
Rochdale Ideas and Literature Festival
State of Play magazine
Pictures On Walls