About

My work acknowledges elements of ‘Peacocking’ and Display or more accurately - Visual Merchandising (VM) - the notion of ‘enhancement’, ‘animating’ and ‘transforming’ objects or (branded) products including the discarded and the unloved. VM is a tool of commercialism, employed by artists such as Johns and Rauschenberg in their early lives, then revisited within their artistic practice. I explore the methodologies – both formal and psychological – of display and presentation, borrowing from the languages of the museum, advertising, interior design and retail. Consumerism excites and disgusts me - both fuelling my work - questioning and critiquing, but more importantly - it let’s me create mischief and mayhem… 

Mobirise

Selected Group Shows
2021 Surprize 3, 2021 Pescheria Foundation, Pesaro, Italy
2021 A Fantastical Archaeology, San Mei Gallery, London

Solo Show
2019 PabloBronsteinShrine, General Practice, Lincoln

Selected Solo Shows (The Little Artists - Darren Neave and John Cake)
2009 Two of You, Among You, With You, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2008 SmurfNet, Fishmarket, Northampton
2008 Two of You, Among You, With You, TAG Fine Arts / My Life In Art, London
2006 Big Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2006 Art Crazy Nation, Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan. Poland
2005 Art Craziest Nation, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2004 Lick Your Selves, Bloc, Sheffield
2004 Art Crazy Nation, Comme Ca NYC, New York
2003 Art Crazy Nation, Catto Contemporary, London
2001 This is Modern Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester
1999 Gavin Turk’s Rubbish, Decima Gallery, London Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions
2020 Brick by Brick, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2019 Brick by Brick, Harley Gallery, Worksop
2018 Burns Unbroke, Summerhall, Edinburgh
2011 We were young and immortal, Galerie Good Friday, Paris
2009 English Lounge, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
2009 Auckland Festival, Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2009 Play-time’, Parcours St-Germain, Paris
2009 Inspired, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow
2008 And the dish ran away with the spoon, Collector’s Contemporary, Singapore
2008 Let’go, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin
2008 Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire, curated by Danielle Arnaud
2007 Deptford X, Various venues in Deptford, London
2007 Situation 33, Bleibtreu Gallery, Berlin
2007 Lego, Space Gallery, Bratislava
2007 Jeux de Mains, jeux de vilains, Good Friday Gallery, Brussels, curated by Christophe Vey
2005 ‘Contemporary Artists Play Pictionary’, The Agency, London
2005 post_modellismus, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna and Kunsthall, Bergen
2003 Thermo 03, The Lowry, Salford

Mobirise

Curated
2019 Are you with me? - Joey Richardson, Lincoln

Public Collections
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Liege, Belgium
Sandra Hegedüs Mulliez, Paris

Private Collections
Washington DC and London

Education
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021 Royal College of Art MRes - TBC
Sep 2017 - Sep 2018 University of Lincoln, MFA - Distinction - (Fine Art Prize for Best Degree)
Sep 1992 - June 1995 Leeds University - Bretton Hall College BA Hons, Fine Art 2:1
Sep 1991 - June 1992 Lincoln College of Art and Design B-tec ND in Art and Design (Merit)

Employment
January 2019
Set up Lincoln Print Fair as a commercial and cultural event in Lincoln. Sam Scorer Gallery. (Awarded a student Business Development Grant 2018)

November 2018 - Present
Associate Lecturer at The University of Lincoln

May 2004 – Present
Freelance Creative Consultant

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