I am both a sculptor and an artist who draws on an Ipad. A founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios I now take an organisational back seat and concentrate on my own work.
My sculpture reflects my environmental interests and is varied in both materials and concept, ranging from installation, commissioned outdoor ceramic work, to smaller ceramic or wooden works, usually of a semi-abstract nature. More recent work explores the use of Fluorescent Acrylic sheet as an expressive material.
I draw extensively in traditional media and during lockdown made numerous brushpen studies of the local allotments and trees in Highgate Woods. I also explore the numerous possibilities of drawing on an Ipad - taking original pen and ink drawings as a base, incorporating original photographs and drawing directly on the ipad.
I write and tweet regularly about art under the pseudonym of ‘The Unknown Artist’ - an identity I assumed after making a full size acrylic sheet sculpture of Albert Turpin, an artist well known the 1930’s as an artist of the ‘East London Group’ whose work disappeared from history until resurrected by the recent book ’ From Bow to Biennale’ by David Buckman.
The following articles can be read at this link – Artlyst blogs
‘Vivre Le Lieu’ – sculpture at the village of Ozenay, France
Michael Craig Martin must be reading my blog! Sculpture at the RA Summer Exhibition.
Juan Uslé and Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Art, Science or Boyle Family? ….and Anaïs Tondeur, Nuuk Island, 2014 . A trip to the Jerwood gallery at Hastings
Dumas and Kiefer- Reflections on their work following their London exhibitions
Subterranean Sculpture Shock – Lynn Dennison at The Rotherhithe Shaft
Rain, Hail, Snow- adventures in ‘ddr limited’ Central Berlin
Three Days in Valencia: Picasso watching Television.
Three Days in Valencia: IVAM- El Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno-
Three days in Valencia: A surprise at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
The Three M’s – Mortality, Motivation and Meaning in the life of an Artist
Not just for Christmas- the economics of the artist
‘The Importance of a Title’- a visit to the UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate
Earlier articles can be found on the Facebook notes of The Unknown Artist including the series on ‘The Unknown Artist investigates the Restorative Powers of Art at the Seaside’
CV & Education
2016 Shortlisted for Ibero-American Arts Award
2016 Discerning Eye
2015 Paint and Pixels Avondale Gallery
2014 ArtGemini Prize
2013 Worcester Open 2013
2013 24 Artists CEOS Group Show
2012 ‘Points of Departure’ Original Gallery
2011 Discerning Eye
2011 CEOS Group show, Original Gallery
2009 Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works Gallery, London
2009 Twenty Curator and Exhibitor, Original Gallery, London
2009 Drawntogether, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2
2008 Hornsey Town Hall Curator and exhibitor of group show including sculpture, site specific installation, film and sound
2007 ‘Small is Beautiful’ Curator and Exhibitor Royal Academy Schools Gallery
2005 Crouch End Open Studios Inaugural Exhibition, John Jones Gallery, Finsbury Park, London
1998 'Art Select' at Battersea Arts Centre
1998 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
1997 Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
1997 Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery
1995 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
1995 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
1995 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
1994 Battersea Art Fair
1993 60th Annual Exhibition, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
2016 ‘On the Edge of Beauty’ The Crouch End Gallery
2014 ‘The Studio Of the Unknown Artist’ Installation Sandringham Gardens
2013 ‘Wilderness’ NorthSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate
2012 ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’ Sandringham Gardens
2011 ‘Ecos de La Selva’, Crouch End Open Studios
2010 ‘Birth of the Innocents’ Hornsey War Memorial, London
2009 ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Pauls Cathedral and Sandringham Gardens
2008-2005 Crouch End Open Studios exhibitions at my studio
Residency, Research Projects and Other Work
2011 Research and Drawing project in the Amazon rainforest, Colombia
2010 Selector for Barnet Open
2009 Selector for Barnet Open
2008 Drawing Residency at the Rambert School of Dance
2008/2009 ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Paul’s Cathedral, Rambert School of Dance
2004 Kim Valdez founded the Crouch End Open Studios and continues to organise this event.
2000 Sculpture Residency, Far North Queensland, Australia.
1998 Multimedia computer animation ‘Full Fathom Five’ from ‘The Tempest’
1998 Essex County Council ‘Artists in Education’ bursary
2011 Ceramic fountain for a Roof Garden, St Johns Wood
2006 Ceramic fountain for garden in Ilfracombe
Education and Awards
1991 Owen Rowley Memorial Prize for the best work or works in the Final Year show.
1991 1st Prize in Sculpture Class for the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Worker