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Painter from the Blue Mountains. I've had paintings in the Sulman Prize 2012‚ Mosman Prize 2012‚ Calleen Art Prize 2013‚ and the Gallipoli Art Prize 2014 & 2016. Recently I've had a lot of success with abstract paintings, drawing inspiration from the covers of 'Popular Penguin' paperback books, from the classic Monopoly board, Uno cards, and other pop culture icons. The paintings are distorted representations of the subject matter, transformed with thick brushstrokes and often random lettering, retaining the essence of the original but also becoming something new.
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Education

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) University of Western Sydney‚ 2000

Exhibitions

2011 -
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize
Finalist in Hornsby Art Prize and Gosford Art Prize

2012 -
Finalist in Sulman Prize
Finalist in Mosman Art Prize
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize

2013 -
Finalist in Calleen Art Prize
'Towing the Line' group show at Old Cellars Gallery, Pambula
Work included in Blackheath Art Society Winter Exhibition
'Little Plenty' group show at Arts on Burgundy, Melbourne
Works included in Springwood Art Show
Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize
Semi-finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2014 -
Finalist in Gallipoli Art Prize
Finalist in 'Art in the Hills' show at Oakhill College
Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize

2015 -
'Endless Summer' solo show at Me Artspace, St Leonards, Sydney
'Guarding the Home Front' group show at Casula Powerhouse
Works on show at the Norman Lindsay Gallery Cafe, Faulconbridge
Finalist in Hawkesbury Art Prize
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize
'Simply Black and White' group show at Me Artspace

2016 -
Finalist in Gallipoli Art Prize
Solo show for Anala Art Advisory, North Sydney
Group show at No Vacany Gallery, Melbourne
Solo show at Palette Dining, Katoomba, NSW
Group show at Virgin Walls Gallery, Blackheath

2017 -
Solo show 'Street Art' for Anala Art Advisory, Glenbrook NSW
Group show 'Echoes' for Art Month Sydney, at Tortuga Studios, St Peters NSW
Solo show 'A Room With a View' at Michael Reid Murrurundi NSW (upcoming)
Group show 'Contempa' at KAB Gallery, Terrigal NSW (upcoming)

Press

Art Edit Magazine, Winter 2016, Summer 2016/2017, Autumn 2017

Influences

Rick Amor‚ Mark Tansey‚ Paco Pomet‚ Nicholas Harding‚ Guy Maestri, Jasper Johns, Rosalie Gascoigne

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