Studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, (BA Hons Fine Art) 1986-90; University of Ulster at Belfast, Northern Ireland, (MA Fine Art) 1990-91

Co-founder of Six into 18 artists’ projects (with Nuala Gregory), Belfast and Derry, 1992-93

Co-director at Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1994-96

Lecturer in Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design, 1997-2003

Currently Lecturer in Painting at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, and a studio holder at PS², Spencer House, 69-71 Royal Avenue, Belfast

Selected Group Exhibitions

2004   Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (curated by Vittorio Urbani)

John Moores 23, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (selected by Callum Innes, Gavin Turk, Ann Bukantas, Gill Hedley and Jarvis Cocker)

2006    Emerging Artists, RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin (curated by Mark St John Ellis)

A Seed-of-Zero, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (curated by Peter Richards)

2007    The Double Image, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (invited to curate by Peter Richards, with accompanying exhibition book and essay as part of The Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art series)

2008    Kilkenny Visual Arts Festival (curated by Hugh Mulholland)

178th RHA Annual Exhibition, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin (invited artist)

2010    John Moores Prizewinners’ Retrospective, Seongnam Arts Centre, South Korea

2012    John Moores 2012 Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (selected by Angela de la Cruz, Fiona Banner, Alan Yentob, Iwona 
Blazwick and George Shaw)

2013    Between Two Worlds (with David Crone and Mark McGreevy), 
F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, N. Ireland (curated by Dr. Riann Coulter and Feargal O’Malley)

Long They Look and Deeply (with Jeffrey Dennis, Christopher Hanlon, Fiona Finnegan, Tim Millen, Andrew Cranston, Flora Moscovici and Hannah Casey), Satis House, Belfast (curated by Kim McAleese and Eoin Dara)

2014   The Far Away Nearby, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, N. Ireland (curated by Feargal O’Malley)

The MAC International, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (curated by Francesco Bonami, Hugh Mulholland and Judith Nesbitt)

2017 Fully Awake, Pavilion Gallery, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (curated by Ian Hartshorne and Sean Kaye)

Get’Cha Head in the Game, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s University, Belfast (curated by Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown)

2019 How The Image Echoes, a Painting Research Group exhibition (with Louise Wallace, Susan Connolly, Majella Clancy, Brian Bishop, Christopher Hanlon, Joy Gerrard and Paddy McCann), PS², Belfast

Selected Solo Shows and Projects

2005    Culloden, Context Gallery, Derry

2006    Scenes from Old Europe, New and Recent Paintings, RHA Ashford 
Gallery, Dublin

2009    Dunkelbunt, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast

2011    Hot and Cool, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast

2017    A Dream and an Argument, New Paintings, The MAC, Belfast

2019    Belfast-Type Pictures, Five Paintings and a Slide Show, PS², Belfast


2020 March: More Bad News, Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast

Selected Awards

2004  John Moores 23 Shortlisted Prizewinner

2005  Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Individual Award 

2008 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Award

2010 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Award


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