I have been tackling the subject of urban life since graduating in1999 from Gray’s School in 1999 with a BA (Hons) in Painting, going on to receive a Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Art & Design in 2000.
My passion for urban art was sparked during my first trip to Amsterdam in 2012. In the neighbourhood of the Spuistraat, home to a community of creative types, I took countless pictures of decaying buildings and graffiti, traveling there almost every year to renew my repertoire. What attracted me was the impromptu and transient nature of street art as well as its multiculturalism, as many artists would come from outside the country to make murals.
My series of spray can tribal mask paintings was inspired by a workshop I led in my home town of Aberdeen, during which I painted on old spray cans. The suite is an exotic and luxuriant array of tribal masks incorporating elements from African, Asian, and South American traditions. The masks are depicted on spray cans and surrounded by lush patterns of plants and animals. The series has a distinct metropolitan feel and celebrates diversity through a message of unity: we are one species and one tribe.
I have exhibited my work widely in the UK as well as all over Europe and North America.
In 2019 these paintings developed into my unisex urban t-shirt brand Tribe All.
As a designer, I have participated in the Aberdeen and Milan Fashion Weeks. My artwork has appeared in publications such as Elle Decor, Red Magazine, and House & Garden. My t-shirts have been featured in Red, GQ, Wired, London Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue. The brand has also been promoted at the Urban Music Awards in 2020 and 2022. The first ever National Social Media Awards in 2021 in London and at Event Savo’ opening Milan Fashion Week in September 2022 where Tribe All was paraded as ‘New Talent’.