about

Samurai

My studio practice spans painting, printing, photography, objects, and sound and I have been actively involved in and a regular exhibitor with The London Group since my election in 2002. My writings include short fiction and verse. After playing the trumpet for many years I now study the saxophone and my musical interests gather around contemporary music, improvisation and jazz.

Since ‘Painting, Language and Modernity’ (Routledge, 1985) and ‘In Modernity’s Wake : The Ameurunculus Letters’ (Routledge 1989), my publications have included numerous reviews for ‘Artscribe International’, a wide range of articles in edited collections, and a variety of catalogue essays. Recent essays include ‘In Harm’s Way: Performing as Damage Limitation’ (parallax 55, 2010), and ‘Drawing Draws Draward’ (in ‘Drawing and Ambiguity’, eds. Sawdon and Marshall, I.B.Tauris, forthcoming January, 2015). My ‘Art’s Plight’ writing project – a sequence of texts each free to download – is available at www.artsplight.co.uk . As a trumpet player, I was a member of The New Jazz Orchestra (see the selection of tracks on this site from their Decca recording, ‘Western Reunion’, 1965, reissued on CD by Vocalion, 2006).

I contributed to the design, development and teaching of the M.A. in Fine Art at University of London Goldsmiths College and was a Researcher in Fine Art at Middlesex University where I taught on a range of under- and post-graduate courses. I have also contributed to the teaching programme for the M.A. in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s and have acted as an external examiner across a range of art courses in England and Wales.

I take sole responsibility for the faltering attempt to establish a small and struggling arboretum in West Wales. Dogged by the vagaries of the local climatic response to global warming I continue to mourn the recurrent loss of a growing number of implants and the all-strangling virulence of the Greater Celtic Bramble. Some of the surviving flora are duly celebrated on the ‘arboreal’ page on this website.