I work with three elements: sounds, light, and ideas. Sound is both emotive, and ephemeral. Although music can move us deeply, it only exists in the moment of our now and rarely sustains its impact past our experience of it. Music can profoundly affect the heart.
Light is the fastest known element of the material world. For those who see, visual art is most intuitively associated with beauty. Unlike music, visual art exists in its entirety as we explore it. Unlike music, we can easily turn away from it, and so we feel more powerful in view of it.
Language allows us to express and share ideas. With poetry and fiction language explores the world of thoughts, experience, and place. Ideas are the stuff that all cultures are built upon. With ideas we shape our world and come to understand the world of others.
I began creating public art in 1982 and have worked in a variety of fields including music, visual art, language, photography, dance, and design. My work is serious, family friendly, and created for a broad audience. Among those who have praised my work are the author Alan Bennet, the composer Michael Berkley, the art critic Jonathan Jones, and the publishers Bloomsbury, Picador, and Secker and Warburg. My evolving retrospective is available at 100 Artworks, and a comprehensive index of my art is available at My Creative Estate. My core website acts as a jumping off point for my online publications that enjoy over half a million visitors each year without promotion or advertising of any kind.
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I was shown kindness and generosity as a child when I was cared for by my two aunts who became my guardians. That experience instilled in me the importance of giving,
Millions have enjoyed my artwork, music, and writing freely online for twenty years and I wish to put in place a foundation that will continue this in perpetuity. As I have not profited from my creative output I do not have the means to achieve this myself, and I am therefore seeking the support of a philanthropist to partner with me in this aim.
STAGE ONE Establish a foundation to ensure my existing work will continue to be made freely available.
STAGE TWO Support the commission of new public artworks.
STAGE THREE Develop high quality merchandise (books, calendars, cards etc.) while maintaining the principle of free access to public art. All profits will be ploughed back into The Public Art Foundation.
Place art, music, and language at the heart of building a better world.