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Spring Shows 2021

Spring Shows. May 2021.

There are two more spring shows this May where my work will be on display. The Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, May 7-16, will mainly be a virtual festival, but artists are able to arrange private, socially-distanced viewings, which is what I will be doing. If you’d like to visit me at my home studio in East Dulwich in the afternoon on either weekend, please contact me to arrange a time. I’ll have framed artwork in all sizes, mounted prints and boxes of new work to see. I’ll also be exhibiting my work, and be there in person, at the Super Nature Art Fair at the Garden Museum, May 21-23. There’s more information about this event at The Garden Museum’s website.

January 2021

Bulb Planting. January 2021.

I was rather relieved to read that it’s not too late to plant tulips in January. The earth has been so saturated recently that I’ve left the planting of  bulbs until the very last minute. I have numerous varieties of tulip to look forward to in the spring plus a few other unusual bulbs which I’m trying out. I can’t wait to start shooting them in the studio when spring comes.

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Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. July 2019.

I currently have a stand at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival where, on Stand 945 in the Country Living Pavilion, I’ll have lots of framed, mounted and unframed prints on display in all sizes from A4 up to 30″x40″. There will be, for the first time, three unglazed tray framed prints including a new print, Mixed Hellebores 1. The show is on from 1-7 July. Details here.

Feb 2019

Spring Shows. February 2019.

I will be leading another botanical photography course at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 1st & 2nd March. After that, my work will be on show at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 0n 7-10 March. I’ll also be at Midcentury Modern in Dulwich, London on 10th March and on  11/12 and 18/19 May, my images will be part of a group show at the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House. There will be plenty of new pictures on show which I have been retouching during the autumn and winter months including this one, Mixed Summer Plants 2, 2018.

 

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New images and last orders for Christmas. December 2018.

Here is one of the new images which has been on view in the last few weeks at various shows and exhibitions. It is part of a series of dahlia studies using eight different varieties of dahlias grown in the garden. This one is called Dahlias 3, but there will be more coming soon including landscape versions. It’s almost time for last orders for Christmas. I don’t think framed images are now possible but print only orders before 10th December can still be delivered in time for Christmas. 

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Secret Charter and Midcentury Modern Show. November 2018.

Here’s the image which I donated to the Secret Charter fundraising event recently to help fund the art department at The Charter School in Dulwich. Hundreds of artists gave pieces of work including Gary Hume, Tracy Emin and Anthony Gormley. Tickets were bought for £40 and the artworks were randomly allocated. Everything sold out in 25 minutes! The work was on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the event raised over £50,000. Looking ahead, I will have new work on show on my stand at Midcentury Modern, Dulwich, London, SE21 7LD on Sunday 18th November, 10am-4pm. Feel free to contact me for free tickets via my contact page – I often have a few spare pairs.

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Exhibiton at AB Design and Interiors. September 2018.

My first show of the autumn will be in London on 28th and 29th September where, in a beautiful house in Dulwich Village, a number of my framed pictures will be on show as part of a group show. AB Design and Interiors will be hosting at 93 Woodwarde Road, SE22 8UL. Full details on their site by clicking the link. There will be more information on forthcoming winter shows soon.

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Artists’ Open House and V&A Botanical Photography Course. May 2018.

I’ll be busy for the next couple of weekends. The Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House begins this weekend where I will be showing lots of newly framed images in sizes A4 up to 30″x 40″. There will also be a selection of mounted and unframed work on sale. The address is 158 Overhill Road, London, SE22 0PS. 11am-6pm, 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 May. Prices from £70-£700. I’ll also be leading a two day botanical photography workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 18th and 19th May. Sadly the course is now full but I’m looking forward to meeting the students and showing them some inspirational artwork in the V&A’s prints and drawings study room where they’ll be able to see botanical illustration, paintings and photographic prints before starting their own projects. (For this reason I won’t be there in person at the Open House on Sat 19th May).

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Botanical Photography Workshop at the V&A. March 2018.

In May, I will be leading a two day botanical photography workshop. It’s a two day practical workshop on 18-19 May in the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London. I had the pleasure earlier in the year of going to the V&A’s prints and drawings room to do some research on how plants have been represented in photography, illustration and painting over the years. I was able to see, firsthand, the work of so many sources of inspiration and it will be great to see the students’ reaction to some of the folios of work which I’ll be selecting. If you’re interested in attending the course please email me with any questions or here are the details on the V&A’s website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/6VZkBdQ8/botanical-photography-may-2018

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Midcentury Modern Show. November 2017.

On Sunday 19th November I’ll be showing, alongside other work, lots of my new tulip images taken earlier in the year. The show is at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. 10am-4pm. I’ll have numerous framed, mounted and unframed prints for sale with prices ranging from £70-£700.

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Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm. October 2017.

I’ve spend a lot of time this year photographing another dozen varieties of tulips. Many of these are on show now for the first time at The Affordable Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden, 12-15 October.

Tillmans/Radical Eye. March 2017.

Wolfgang Tillmans and The Radical Eye at Tate Modern. March 2017.

The Radical Eye, Elton John’s collection of twentieth century modernist photography is impressive. Great works by Paul Outerbridge, Imogen Cunningham and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy were all on display, beautifully printed (albeit in rather dandy frames!), many of which inspired me to take up photography. Following this I went to the other side of the Tate Modern to the Wolfgang Tillmans show where, to my great surprise, the images I had just seen suddenly seemed not just small (few were larger than 10″ x 8″ prints) but also felt far more culturally distant. Tillmans, working in full colour and sometimes on a huge scale, cheerfully takes on the task of producing all forms of photographic imagery. No genre restrictions for him (The Radical Eye conservatively had themes of portraits, objects, bodies etc.), he gives us everything and more. There are bits of photographic sculpture, political displays and even a room with no pictures at all: just a room with music. It’s not that the The Radical Eye is a bad show. There are numerous undisputed masterpieces there.  it’s just they now felt like old masters. Tillmans’ work and especially his ability to use colour – on any scale – felt visceral and immediate. Amusingly, we were welcomed by being told you are allowed to take photos at the show, so here is my shot, looking up at one of Tillmans’ huge unframed hanging giclee prints.

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Spring shows. February 2017.

Spring shows. February 2017.

I’m looking forward to adding another new tulip study to the collection at two forthcoming shows this spring. The Affordable Art Fair is at Battersea, London (9-12 March) and Midcentury Modern will be in Dulwich, London (19 March). The composition here, Mixed Tulips 2, was photographed last spring, and the current batches of tulips and other bulbs are just beginning to show signs of life for this year’s work.

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New Prints. December 2016.

This autumn some new prints have been on show in Stockholm and London. Here, Mixed Tulips 4, a composition of the tulips I grew in spring of this year includes Antraciet (magenta/crimson), Dolls’ Minuet (magenta, red flush), Orange Princess, Victoria’s Secret (purple parrot) and Blumex (orange parrot).

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Exhibitions. May 2016.

Exhibitions May 2016.

I’ll have work on show at three exhibitions starting this week. Firstly, my plant studies will appear for the first time at an art fair in South Korea. Gallery Lee & Bae will be displaying my work at Art Gyeongju 2016, 4-8 May. I’ll also have framed and unframed prints exhibited again at this year’s Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House in London. On the weekend of 7/8 May (11.00-18.00) I’ll be at 102 Overhill Road, London SE22 OPS and some of my images will also be included at a Gas Gallery group show on 7/8 May at Lowie, 115 Dulwich Road, London, SE24 8QR. Here is one of my new prints: Mixed Plants 6.

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Tulips. April 2016.

Here are some of the ten dozen bulbs which I’ve been growing for my spring tulip project. From left, El Nino, Flaming Spring Green, Antraciet, Orange Princess. The studio is now (rather chaotically) packed with the flowers being used for my mixed plant compositions.

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Hamamelis at RHS Harlow Carr. April 2016.

On a wet and windy early spring day at the RHS’s garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire, my eye was caught by the delicate flowers of this hamamelis (witch hazel).

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