“As they say, it isn’t a book until it is opened and read. Same with art.”
I went to Wimbledon School of Art in the late 1960s on a pre-diploma course. I picked up again some 40 years later via adult education, specifically, via the Mary Ward Advanced Practice course in 2012. In between? I have a Cultural Studies degree from the North East London Polytechnic, (now East London University), an invaluable life skill. Then I ‘emerged’ from the muddy depths of goodness-knows-what. As you do.
My work is experimental in 3D installations and 2D in painting, drawing and printmaking. For 3D work I use mainly recycled materials to create symbolic narratives, mixing plastics with steel. To date this has been about the celebration, plight and hopes of refugees and all global travellers arriving in England. And their baggage. In 2D I am interested in capturing movement and the patterns of nature; turning these on their heads to disrupt the stasis of the medium: paper, a canvas, wood, a piece of lino. Then again, I love landscapes and will resort to figurative descriptions when I fancy. Oh, and iPad. No holds barred in this game.
I love a good process. My work is in process. More detail can be found in statements on the different categories on this website and I will, from time to time, blog about the processes of production which can’t be left out of the picture. I mean thought, planning, ideas: these underpin the development of any piece of work and need an airing. I was accused, once, by a Stuckist, that my work was ‘conceptual.’ I love a good compliment. What hasn’t got an idea or more lurking behind the finished product? I hope you enjoy my work on this web site.
Leonardo da Vinci
"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
"When it comes to words I have a uniqueness that I find almost impossible in art – and it's my words that actually make my art quite unique."
Barry Emslie, Narrative and Truth, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p.41
"... any artist who calls himself a 'postmodernist' can throw together an arbitrary collection of objects (usually personal detrius) and call it an 'installation'. Both terms (postmodernism and installation) function as fig leaves allegedly giving intellectual weight to otherwise theoretically void and nakedly unmediated subjective propositions."