Select Page
Painting Harrogate

Painting Harrogate

It was not until after Christmas that I realised while flicking through a Messums brochure that my spring show in Harrogate was due to open on 5 February. This meant I had two weeks to see what I could produce, and I’d need to order frames ahead. “What time are you...
Advice for an Art Student

Advice for an Art Student

I’m often contacted by students who want to pick my brains for advice, tips and pointers. Recently, I answered a series of great questions from an illustration student at UWE Bristol, and I thought I’d share my answers here too . . .

Staying at Home

Staying at Home

I always paint for exhibitions. My show at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery finished in February and Johnny Messum had just offered me a show in London in November. I was panicking a bit. This was a short lead time to come up with fifty top-drawer works. I had also just finished my artist’s residency at Stonyhurst College and was gearing up for an exhibition there. I’d had the work photographed, the catalogue was being put together and the paintings (30 oil sketches of college life) were on their way to the framer.

Then COVID-19 arrived, and our lives began to change dramatically . . .