I spent my formative years in 80’s Manchester amongst the melting pot of art, design and music. The city was a bleak landscape back then, industrial and isolated in many parts but the emerging youth scene filled the city with colour and life. My friends and I used to paint outdoors on youth clubs, abandoned factories and parks, we loved the new music and admired the exotic creativity coming out of the New York hip hop scene. We emulated this music and art from across the ocean as it offered a way of adding our own colour to the transitioning city that we loved so much.
My experience of the changing city has always stayed with me, street art and the quiet space of the Manchester Art Gallery both offered different types of visual meditation which today I attempt to bring together in painting and sculpture. All personal pieces, I hope to encapsulate the varied influences of my previous and contemporary environments.
Didsbury Artists at the Parsonage Trust