Seafood Halfman, 1983, Oil on canvas, wood, papier-mâché and acrylic, 260 x 168 x 61 cm
Harbour Lights, 1983, Oil on canvas, wood, papier mache, acrylic, brackets and electric lights, 183 x 305 x 51 cm
Night Studio, 1984, Charcoal on primed paper, wood, found objects and electric light, 244 x 305 x 30 cm
Sound Studio, 1984, Charcoal on primed paper and wood, 244 x 305 cm
Flue, 1984, Oil on canvas, 213.5 x 213.5 cm (First prize winner Midland View 3)
The Machine Works, 1985, Oil on canvas, 224 x 381 cm
These works were made when I was a student at the Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, in an interim year at Coventry’s Canal Basin Warehouse Studios and then at Chelsea School of Art. The subject matter was prompted by the degenerative disease that led to my mother’s death when I was a third year student, the experience of working independently in a studio after graduating, and a response to the disappearing industries in traditional manufacturing towns and cities that was rife under Thatcherism.