Artist CV

THE USELESS

Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:
“All your teaching is centred on what has no use.”

Chuang replied:
“If you have no appreciation for what has no use
You cannot begin to talk about what can be used.
The earth, for example, is broad and vast
But of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches
Upon which he happens to be standing.
Now suppose you suddenly take away
All that he is not actually using
So that, all around his feet a gulf
Yawns, and he stands in the void,
With nowhere solid except right under each foot:
How long will he be able to use what he is using?”

Hui Tzu said: “It would cease to serve any purpose.”

Chuang Tzu concluded:
“This shows
The absolute necessity
Of what has ‘no use.’”

(Poem from ‘The Way of Chuang Tzu’ by Thomas Merton)

 

Recent Shows: Un Seul Grain de Riz, Galerie Métanoïa, Paris (19 Dec, 2016 – 9 Jan, 2017)Recipient of a GreatArt award.

Solo Shows: the Glorious Art House, Exeter (2014); the Boston Tea Party, Honiton (2013); the Picturehouse Cinema, Exeter (2010) and Cafe on the Green, Exeter (2005).  A great deal of my work has featured outside of the usual gallery spaces, including various street pieces, site specific projects/experiments and collaborations.

Selected Group Shows: the Brick Lane Gallery, London (2016); the Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor (2010); the Castle Gallery, Exeter (2009 & 2010); the Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare (2007-2008 & 2009); the Djanogly Showcase Gallery, Nottingham (project working with Nottingham’s, Royal Society for the Blind, 2002) and the Goethe-Institut, London (1998).

Other Projects: poems published in Measurmag, the Free Review and the Round Table Review and my work appeared in the short film ‘La Legende~Dali’ directed by Tom Austin.  Various DJ sets have seen me support artists such as Asian Dub Foundation, LTJ Bukem, Zion Train and Banco de Gaia (among others).  My work was also covered in Toulouse-based, Novo Arte Magazine and on Radio Ballistiq, Chamonix.  In 2018, I finished writing my first novel; Part One can be read here.  I have also made a series of short films, which can be viewed on my YouTube channel.