Tutor – Painting & Drawing
I am a British figurative painter whose work is based on images of modern Japan, and more recently London. A graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art, The Royal Drawing School London, and Tokyo University of Arts Japan, I have won several awards including the BP Travel Award at The National Portrait Gallery, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Nomura Art Prize Japan, as well as several other awards. I have had several solo exhibitions in London and Japan, with group exhibitions at Christies New York, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Jerwood Gallery, The Mall Galleries, The National Portrait Gallery, Tokyo Art Award, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Arts, and has participated at art fairs in Switzerland, Turkey and Taiwan. My work has been the featured on the BBC World Service, and can be found in the collections of University College London Museum, Tokyo Geidai Museum Japan, Foundation Carmignac Paris, and The Royal Collection. I was invited to be artist in residence in Hiroshima City to paint portraits of survivors of the Atomic Bomb, and at the Formula 1 Races Japan. My display of sixteen Japan paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013 was accompanied by ‘Japan Portraits’ – a catalogue illustrating paintings and drawings made during his 10 years in Tokyo. ‘London Portraits’ are a series of 15 paintings made upon my return to the UK after 10 years living in Japan, of people who have contributed to their fields in British society and culture. Each sitter was asked to choose a location in London for the background of their portraits. I have been invited to give talks at University College London Museum, The London Art Fair, CharterHouse School, Cambridge University, The British Council in Tokyo, The National Portrait Gallery London and The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation (talk chaired by the Head of Undergraduate Painting at The Slade School). In Tokyo, I was Adjunct Professor in Fine Art at Temple University Japan and painting and drawing tutor at Suidobata Art Academy. In London, I have been invited to give painting and drawing workshops at The Art Academy, Heatherleys School of Fine Art, and The Royal Drawing School.