My mum tells me I was a quiet, easygoing sort of
Born in Stroud... opposite an art school!
Could it have been some sort of sign of what fate
had in store for me?
Life (thus far)
I grew up in Bradford (voted International City of
Satan, 1976,1979, 1985-96) and cut short a maths and
astronomy degree at University College, London in
order to spend more time with my pencils.
I trained at Bradford, then at the Camberwell School
of Art, as well as a short spell at the Institute
of 2-Dimensional Voodoo in Haiti). I gained a first
at Camberwell and lost a soul (since partially recovered)
I live and work in the sprawling suburbopolis of
London with my wife and no dogs.
As well as illustration, other interests include
science/history of science, esp. physics and astronomy,
and art history, particularly dusty British 18th C.
painting. Also pulp book covers and Egyptology. And
other things which I will update here from time to
I have just finished reading “The Long Fidelity”
by Kathleen Warren - still trying to work out what
she was on about. Next is “Bath Tangle”
by Georgette Heyer (believe me!)
My spare time is taken up by meeting groups of like-minded
friends, whose common interests are displayed in a
variety of capers and frisks.
I hope to be the first person to die by being struck
by a meteorite, loudly, wide-awake, whenever. My wife
Sometimes I fantasise that I am in the future. My
withered rotting body is in a robotic iron lung. My
work is forgotten and I am visited by a nurse twice
a week who oils my lung and dusts my head. I can only
communicate by a system of flashing lights:
From 1989-present I have been working mainly in
editorial. Clients include the Guardian, National
Trust, Private Eye, Times Education Supplements,
Times Saturday Magazine, New Statesman, BBC History,
The Philosophers Magazine, The Independent, BMA
News, Nursing Standard.
British Museum, 2004: exhibition with Dan Bernard
and David Allsop based on collecting in the Enlightenment.
Tate Britain, 2003: 'Icons of British Satire'; exhibited
work based on art in the Tate collection.
Saatchi Gallery, 2003: political cartoon based on
art in the Saatchi collection.
Tate Britain, 2001: exhibited in ‘James Gillray
& the Art of Caricature’ show.
RaeSmith Gallery, 1999-2004: work for sale exhibited.
Winchester School of Art Foundation: part-time
visiting lecturer in graphic design/ illustration
British Museum: drawing workshop in the Wolfson
Tate Britain: 24 Hours of a Political Cartoonist
Lyndhurst Primary School: 'Drawing with Nippers'
The Cartoon Art Trust: 'William Hogarth in England'
British Museum: gallery talk 'My Exhibition on The
King's Library and the Grand Tour'.
British Museum: drawing Workshop in the African
Gallery for the 'Big Draw' 16/10/04, 18/10/03, 19/10/02.
The Cartoon Art Trust: occasional caricature workshops
6/11/03 et al.
British Museum: ‘Assault By Watercolour’
I once worked on a building site on the Isle of
Dogs. I dropped a brick on my wrist, cutting it
quite deeply; I still have the scar.