Background



Here is a bit of background about myself.

I am an artist currently working in Edinburgh and am based at the Coburg Art Studios in Leith. I moved to Scotland from Ireland in 2003. I lived in Ireland for over 20 years after graduating from Nottingham College of Art.

In Dublin my main medium was printmaking, especially stone lithography. I was a member of the Black Church Print Studio and I exhibited in group exhibitions in many venues throughout Ireland in the 1980s and 90s. I also exhibited at some of the juried exhibitions such as the Royal Hibernian Academy, an tOireachtas, and Impressions Print exhibition. Noted shows include New Irish Printmakers at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle in 1989 and the International Large format Printmaking exhibition, Guinness Hop Store in 1991.

I was a Prizewinner at the ‘Impressions' Print exhibition, Galway 1989. I was a visiting lecturer to the National College of Art and Design, Fine Art Printmaking Department in 1990 and 1997 running lithography workshops for undergraduates

In Ireland I was also involved, in an organisational capacity, in a variety of cultural projects. I was one of the main organisers of the Irish International Miniprint exhibition in 1986. I was also a key person in organising the ‘Art Bulletin Magazine’ for the Artists’ Association of Ireland from 1990 to 2001. This was a magazine aimed at professional artists.

From 1993 to 2001 I was also key member of a team which published History Ireland magazine.

My move to Edinburgh in 2002/03 was a result of being involved in a project to publish History Scotland magazine.

Moving to Scotland also reinvigorated my artistic aspirations after a break of over ten years. As a first step I joined the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio. However, after attending a summer school at Edinburgh College of Art I decided to develop painting as a main discipline. I then attended the one year, full time Advanced Painting course at Leith School of Art.

Prizes:
Impressions' Print exhibition, Galway 1989
Elisa Clifford Prize - Leith School of Art 2008
Anne Redpath Award - Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition 2011
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Artist organisations
Professional Member Visual Arts Scotland 2012

Recent Exhibitions Scotland

2017
Inception . Group show &gallery, Edinburgh
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA

2016
Tatha Gallery - three person show,
Outskirts - 5 person show - Arts Complex , St Margarets House
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA

2015
Coburg House Art Gallery - Eight Coburg Painters at the Edinburgh Fringe
3 Painters - The Arc Gallery Stirling - Joy Arden. Jai Llewellyn and Steve Ratomski
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA
RSW - Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy
Scottish Society of Artists at the RSA HIt and Run

2014
Scottish Society of Artists at the RSA HIt and Run
La Galerie 1940 -Christmas exhibition
Cabinet of Treasures - Compass Gallery, Glasgow.
La Galerie 1940 - Edinburgh Festival Exhibition
Tweedale Museum, Peebles - VAS members exhibition
& Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan - solo show

2013
The Sutton Gallery Winter Show, Edinburgh.
Midlands Open - Tarpey Gallery, Derbyshire
Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2013
McMillan Cancer Support exhibition at Bonhams.
Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries - VAS exhibition
Shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition (Chichester)
Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition at the RSA
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour - Annual Open Exhibition, RSA

2012
Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2012
The Cabinet Show - Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Transition – solo exhibition at Leith School of Art exhibtion space
Art by the Water – nine painters Coburg House Art Gallery at Leith Festival
Art in Unusual Places ' Cockenzie Power Station/Three Harbours Festival
Limelight Gallery, Morningside, Edinburgh
The Scottish Arts Club - Prints by Edinburgh Printmakers
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour - annual Open Exhibition, RSA
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA

2011
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries London
Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition
Remix - Touring Exhibition (PVAF) Dunbar
Hidden Edinburgh - Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Exhibition
Art in Unusual Places Cockenzie Power Station/Three Harbours Festival
Leith School of Art Fundraising exhibition
'Encounters: Fire and Ice' Exhibition Threshold Art Space, Perth Theatre
Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition at the RSA
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA

2010
Compass Gallery, Glasgow - Winter Show
Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition
Fire and Ice Exhibition/Event at the Crannog, Perthshire
Art in Unusual Places Cockenzie Power Station/Three Harbours Festival
Coburg House Gallery/ Edinburgh Festival
Peter Potter Gallery Spring Exhibition - Haddington
Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition at the RSA
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the RSA

2009
Coburg Art Gallery Exhibition – Edinburgh Festival
Engine Shed - Solo Show - Edinburgh

2008
Bonhams Annual Summer Exhibition – Edinburgh
Leith School of Art Exhibition

2006
Scottish Society of Artists Annual exhibition at the RSA – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Printmakers Exhibition