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Biography

I was born in Darlington, England, in 1946, and lived there until I went to University in 1965. I left the UK in 1977, and since then have lived in the Netherlands and France.

I am a self-taught artist. At primary school I made a serviette ring out of plastic. That was the sum total of my early creative art.

I studied Art for a year in the Sixth Form at Grammar School, but got thrown out (in 1964), and so instead of going to Art College like John Lennon, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, Pete Townsend, Ian Drury, and other soon-to-be rock'n'roll greats, I went to University, and spent six years studying political science in the UK and Canada. Then I taught political science for eight years at universities in the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands and wrote and edited lots of books and learned articles.

When I stopped teaching, I worked for (too) many years in publishing, information services, market research, and legal services, before I became a lobbyist in Brussels for an international IT company. In 2001, I entered into enforced retirement and moved from Maastricht in the South of Holland to Sigean in the South of France. I became a Visiting Professor at universities in Lille, Nice, Vienna and Paris, an environmental consultant, and a writer and artist. My 'artistic career' (sic) began during a period of five years when I painted hundreds of water-colours, mainly featuring flowers (especially tulips), insects and birds. I have also written and (self-) published eleven books of auto-biography, fiction, paintings, photography, etc. (See section on 'Creative Writing')
I am currently focussing on various forms of Conceptual, Collage and Plastic Art., and preparing works for exhibitions in 2019 on calligraphy, collages and ethnic art.
I have also written a video (see the 'Videos' section of this web-site), and occasionally compose a series of pieces for the Alto Recorder (but as there isn't a 'Music' section here you can't hear them --yet.) I was previously Artist-in-Residence at the Galerie Serrencia in Sigean. I am currently Artist-in-Residence in my own home and my own Studio.

I have been at the forefront of a number of artistic movements in Sigeann over the last few years. In the summer of 2013, I formed the 'Collectif de Sigean' a group of contemporary artists, photographers and sculptors, which held a number of succesful exhibitions and, in association with the Mairie de Sigean, organised the 1st Sigean Festival d'Art, a week long event that included 3 exhibitions and 8 other artistic 'happenings'.

In May 2015, the Collectif became a legal entity, and was renamed the 'Association Sigean Art Contemporain' (ASAC). I was one of the founder members of ASAC and its first President, until I resigned in 2016 after the 2nd Sigean Festival d'Art, when it became abundently clear that the majority of ASAC's members were neither interested in contemporary art, nor shared my visions of establishing Festivals and exhibitions that featured non-French -- and essentially non-local -- contemporary artists, but preferred the type of 'touristy' art that is found all around here. After my departure, ASAC re-named itself as the 'Sigean Association of Art and Culture' (which allowed it to keep the acronym ASAC, even though its new title implies that art is seperate from culture). At the end of 2018, I was thrown out of ASAC because I was (not incorrectly!) seen as a subservive influence. That makes two times I have been thrown out of artistic ventures!

With a colleague, I re-invented the Collectif – now renamed as le Collectif Art Contemporain de Sigean, and also started a new ASAC, the Association Sigean Art Contemporain, which held a number of exhibitions in 2019 including the '2nd International Salon Art Contemporain'.

My various artistic activities are co-ordinated by the Old Fountain Conceptual Artist and Writing Syndicate in Sigean, where I work with my loyal assistants Monsieur Boots, and Mr Do Ghi.

 

 


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