Born Bedfordshire, England
Resident in Venice, CA, since 2000
Painting is about the most difficult thing I try to do; the results surprise me and makes me think.
There is something either out there or inside, probably from both places, that presses me to paint almost every day. It is the immediacy of painting that excites me and draws me in, the sensuality of the brush mark and the richness of pigment. Whether to add, subtract, superimpose and often obliterate, it is a creative process where self is all but obliterated.
While painting I am chasing a vision: ideas suggested by the last work, or responding with other artists, a dialogue on which I can build, a mix of accumulative and meditative thinking, the latter more important.
The intellectual part is before and after I paint, applying paint to canvas unknowingly happens, only after do I reflect, attempting to understand.
Painting for me is a way of being and expressing that, in not telling others how to think, only showing my world. Rarely is there a conclusive interpretation of any painter’s imagery, another’s way of being; a place where the observer attempts to stabilise the artist’s symbolism. Abstract glyph or possible allegory, much like life itself where a final meaning seems opaque. -DE.
MFA The Social and Political Influences in Art
University of Trent, Nottingham, UK
Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Design
Hornsey College of Art, London, UK
Central Diploma in Mural Painting
The Central School, London, UK
Arts Foundation Diploma
Luton College of Technology
SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS
Lucus PLC, London, UK
BBC, London, UK
Fortum and Mason, London,UK
Welsh Water Authority
Bromley City Council, London, UK
British Council Awards
East Midlands Arts Council, Lincolnshire, UK
Topsham Museum, Devon, UK
Cisternino Museum, Cisternino, Italy
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Bruce Lurie Gallery. Culver City, CA
Abbey Walk Gallery. Grimsby, UK
Boyd Satellite Gallery. New Orleans, LA
George Lawson Gallery. Culver City, CA
CAA, Century City. CA
Kodak Preview Theater. Hollywood, CA
2008 & 2006
Frank Pictures Gallery. Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Inmo Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Arts Center. New Orleans, LA
Danna Center for the Arts. New Orleans, LA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
VITA Art Center, Ventura, California
British Consulate, Los Angeles, California
MAAAC Museum Cisternino, Italy
TAM Torrance Art Museum, CA
British Invasion MOAH CA. USA
Art Share LA. Past Tense Future Imperfect.
2013, 2015, 2017
Boyd Satellite Gallery. Sputnik 1. NOLA
George Lawson Gallery, Culver City, CA. Works on Paper.
George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA
Antelope Valley College, CA
Jaus Gallery. Santa Monica, CA. 'ADHD’.
Kirsti Engle Gallery. Highland Park, CA
USFQ. ‘El Enemigo’ Quito, Equador.
Sumi Gallery. New York, NY. 'Art InTime'
Domestic Settings, Los Angeles, CA
Artist in Residence, Customs House, Exmouth. Devon. UK
Artist in Residence, Nottingham General Hospital, Nottinghamshire, UK
Painting Fellow, Exeter College of Art, Exeter, Devon, UK
California State University Northridge. CA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Visiting Lecturer, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Exchange Professor, California State University Longbeach. CA
Plymouth University, Devonshire, UK
Derby University, Derbyshire, UK