I started making my boxed works in 1972 whilst a student on the Art Foundation Course in Bradford. I continued to create and develop my boxed assemblages at Leeds Polytechnic in the Department of Fine Art and then at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where I completed my M.A. in Visual Arts.
A lifelong fascination with old fashioned and idiosyncratic museums, combined with an insatiable appetite for collecting, are innately influential factors in my work. I manipulate the perceived identity of everyday objects, which I often juxtapose with seemingly unrelated items within a display case setting.
This ‘boxing’ of objects has the dual capacity of elevating the articles contained, to those of a more precious nature and also promoting the marriage of these seemingly disparate artefacts.
I have been making boxes for some forty-eight years now, I have participated in more than 100 exhibitions ranging from appearances early in my career at the Northern Young Contemporaries and the Serpentine Gallery to the more recent inclusion of work in several Discerning Eye exhibitions and National Open Art Competitions, alongside a number of solo shows and group exhibitions.