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We are the sum of all of our life experiences and for me that starts with the terraces, estates, mills and canals of industrial East Lancashire.
I worked hard to escape that life, yet came back home; there is solace in the familiar, and wherever we go and whoever we become along the way, I’ve learned that the place that we come from is inexorably the place to which we will return.
These are paintings about how I learned to find beauty in imperfection, and my realisation that accepting imperfection, embracing change and allowing ourselves to be imperfect actually makes us stronger.
The future isn't what it used to be, so in case you can't visit Regeneration between Jan 22 and 02 May - here's a selection of images and a short video to give you a flavour of it
We buried our certainties along with our dead
Pandemonium is a painting about the fire of industry and the belief that labour could lift us out of poverty. Mills and factories were the cathedrals of the North and their religion was Capitalism. This is not just a painting about the loss of industry but worse, of Faith.
We are Building A New World
Work defines us and how we live. This is a picture about the industry that made us and the quietude when it stopped. When we all suddenly stopped making things for others, we had a wonderful opportunity to remake ourselves
It is too dark now to see anything but the truth
In legend the Lethe was a river the dead drank from to forget their past lives and be reborn. The artist sees this as a work about all of the people we loved, and can only exist in memory, yet live on in how we make our life choices.
This Other Eden
Alone with nature can locate ourselves and make sense of it all. I think that’s why so many of us went our national parks which are the natural cathedrals for our age.