Concepts A figurative Painter and Sculptor, my main concerns are with private and public morality/behaviour. I'm fascinated by role play: the contrast of public and private faces, of display and concealment. Is there a naked truth and what do our masks reveal? As a gay man I'm interested particularly in masculine and feminine definitions. My work, in a wide range of mediums, reflect these two extremes. The contemplative male nude and extravagant costumed display - carnival and Lent if you like, or a Yin and Yang of the spiritual and the physical. More recently these have focused on self portrait heads - literally seeing the world through my eyes. Influences Metropolitan life, its many stories and parables Gay or queer sensibility, boxes & peep shows Areas of work Having completed three creative writing courses, facilitated by author Patrick Gale, I am also a writer on the history of packaging and advertising (three books and I edit a magazines on the subject). I recently co-curated 'Brixton Calling!' a project, in conjunction with Tate Archive and funded by HLF and ACE, to recover the activities and archive the Brixton Artists Collective (1983-93). A year long community project concluded with an exhibition at 198 Gallery at Herne Hill in London, the collected archive is to be deposited at Tate in July. My role was focused on the Lesbian & Gay Artists Group that regularly showed there (1983-94) of which I was a member and co-curator. I am currently researching British physique photographers 1950-75 and working towards a new solo exhibition.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 1984 - Diploma of Art and Design (credit), Byam School of Art 1981 - Foundation Course, London, Camberwell School of Art, London
Solo exhibitions 2015 Headspaces, Menier Gallery, London 2005 - Norfolk Open Studios, Artists studio/gallery, Melton Constable Norfolk 2003 - Sex & Dancing, erotica and fetish nightclubs, Adonis Arts, London 1999 - Headstrong and Telling Tales, The Orangery, Holland Park, London 1998 - Guy Burch, Lipscomb Studio, Fire Island, New York, USA 1996 - Unstill Lives, The Orangery, Holland park, London 1993 - Hell Bent and Heaven Bound, Crypt, St. Georges, Bloomsbury, London 1993 - Nightlife, The orangery, Holland park, London
Group exhibitions 2017 Now, where are we? 1967-2017
Strand Gallery 2012 - A Question of Sport: Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender artists & inclusivity' , Clifford Chance, London 2011 - Pride Exhibition, Clifford Chance , Canary Wharf 2010 - Disturb, Candid Arts Gallery, Islington, London 2009 - Run To The Hills, Maverik Showrooms , Redchurch Street Shoreditch 2002 - Gallery Anton, Berlin, Germany 2002 - Mardis Gras LGBTG Arts Festival, (featured artist), Lauderdale House, London, Lauderdale House, London 2000 - Take One Woman, Whitley's Atrium Gallery, London 1995 - The Way We Live Now, Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton 1994 - London Calling, Bloomfield St. Gallery, Sydney, Australia 1992 - Altered Images, North London Festival, Islington, London 1992 - Passionate Tongues, BAC Gallery, Brixton, London 1986 - Against All The Odds, Brixton Art Gallery, London 1985 - Seeing Diversity - 40 Contemporary Photographers, Brixton Art Gallery, London 1984 - No Comment - art by poofs & dykes, Brixton Art Gallery, London 1983 - Work by Gay Men & Women, Brixton Art Gallery, London
Curated projects 2017 Model Men, picturing homosexuality, Menier Gallery, London 2011 - Brixton Calling! (lesbian & gay co-curator), 198 Contemporary , Brixton
Publications 2005 - Louise Cummings ‘The Art of Living’, Arts East 1999 - The Ossie Clark Diaries 1996 - Ian Hargreaves - New Statesman 1995 - Susan Salters ‘The Way We Live Now’Gardner Arts Centre catalogue introduction 1993 - Emmanuel Cooper ‘Strong & Fearless’, Gay Times