Statement:

My sincere yet kitsch pop art paintings are about identity in our digital age. I work in oils, acrylics and pastels to produce bright, unusual pieces that play with the mechanics and politics of representing the human figure. The tension between comforting nostalgia and unattainable fantasy plays a strong role in my work.

My influences vary from the strong portraiture of Sargent and Hockney to the zany universe of online fan art. I am interested in the way that people use clothing, accessories and styling to create a vocabulary or language that expresses their identity. I particularly notice societal expectations to portray a gendered appearance, and I admire people who highlight or subvert this by taking it to a quasi-kitsch extreme, or reversing expectations.

I’m not just concerned with human portraiture. My Little Pony figures have found their way onto canvasses through my brush. Bright images of these cult plastic toys will spark the imagination of the viewer by playing with scale and perspective. I paint my own My Little Ponies, kept from childhood. I find that these figurines are designed to display personality, allure, and big-eyed cute factor. More recently, I have enjoyed creating celebrity portraits which often provoke nostalgic responses, whether they are of retro or contemporary heroes.

I graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2006 with a BA in Drawing. Since then I’ve exhibited in London and Bristol, and I teach themed life drawing classes as well as running a business providing life drawing classes to hen parties. Recently my painting “Pikachu” appeared in the Guardian newspaper.

CV:

Exhibitions:

What Art You Laughing At – Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London  – March 2016

Grimm Sisters – Bristol – October 2015

Coexist Open Studios – Bristol – September 2015

Hamilton House – Artist of the Month – February 2014

Portraits – Parlour Showrooms, Bristol – July 2013

In Living Colour – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol – August 2013

PLAYTIME- Urban Design Studios, Bristol, May – June 2013.

Cornucopia – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, February 2013

Out of the Life Room – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, June 2012

Cut Click Mail Art – Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes, October 2010

Group Show – Pogo, London, January 2010

Hackney Wicked, London, July 2009

Home – Homerton House Gallery, London, June 2009

Rah Rah Rah – Redgate Gallery, London, 2004

Awards:

People’s Choice Award – ArtisTTable Art Des Femmes – December 2013

Second Prize – ArtKudos International Juried Exhibition
August 2013
Pikachu: http://pinterest.com/pin/107945722291045765/

Third Prize – People are People
ArtisTTable
May 2013
Third Place Winner in the People Are People Exhibition. Elizabeta with Gold Burkha and Moustache Glasses, by Penny Tristram. http://m.pinterest.com/pin/107945722291097695/

Figurative Art Prize – Special Recognition
Light, Space and Time
June 2013
Light, Space and Time 2013 Figurative Art Awards: Special Recognition. Pikachu: http://pinterest.com/pin/107945722291045765/

Teaching/Events:

2014- present. Life drawing tutor and managing partner at Hens with Pens

2012-2014 Bristol and Somerset: Life drawing tuition for groups including Girl Guides, Womens’ Institute, hen parties, and private classes.

April 2014: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
Volunteer drawing leader: Jeremy Deller’s English Magic, with Bristol Drawing Club

Qualifications:

Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. BA Drawing. 2:1 2006