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1963 Born Oxford
1980 Foundation, Somerset College of Arts & Technology
1986 City & Guilds Stonemasonry/Diploma in carving & lettering, Weymouth College, Dorset
1988 English Heritage Stone carving Studio, Vauxhall Walk, London
1990 York Minster Carving Workshop
1991 Dick Reid's Workshop, York
1994 Established own studio

Restoration Projects

1988 Chichester Cathedral - Carving on Bell Tower
1989 Hill Hall - Corinthian Capitals
Windsor Castle, Frogmore, Victoria & Albert Mausoleum - Conservation, cleaning & repair of marble sarcophagus effigies of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert
Hyde Park, The Dell - Queen Caroline Memorial (new work)
Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square - Corinthian Capitals
Guardian Royal Exchange - Corinthian Capital
1990 York Minster, South West Tower, South Aisle Pinnacle - carving of grotesques and foliage
1991 Spencer House - Principal carving work on 5 Carrara Marble chimneypieces as part of Lord Rothschild's restoration of the State Apartments at Spencer House, St. James Place, London. Replicas of work executed by Scheemakers and others c.1755. A project of more than 4 years duration.
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York Minster - Gothic foliage & detail, South West Tower
1993 Drumlanrig Castle - Coat of Arms
Newman House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin - Marble carving, chimneypiece etc
1995 Hampton Court, Privy Garden - Carrara marble statue group, Apollo & Marsyas
Houses of Parliament - Inscription to plinth bearing portrait bust of Anthony Eden
1996 Sizergh Castle, Cumbria - Pair of heraldic lions in Portland stone

Commissions, Public & Private

2006 James Hill Monument - Bottle Bank, Gateshead.
Feb 2005 Miners Window - Commemorative inscription/sculpture. St. Mary & St. Joseph, Goldthorpe, Doncaster
Oct 2004 The Iffley Knot - Memorial sculpture sited in the curtilage of the 12th Century church of St. Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxford
Dec 2003 Trinity Centre Commission - Architectural lettering and carving for new community resource centre annexed to Holy Trinity Centre, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough (entrance stone, ledger stone and internal signage in sandblasted sycamore felled to allow construction)
Apr 2003 Aumbry Doors - All Saints church, North Cave, East Yorks
Mar 2003 When All Means.... - Private Garden, including garden design, York
Mar 2003 Stephens Memorial - St. Edwards, Clifford, N. Yorks
Sep 2002 Beverley Minster Commission - Designs shortlisted for commission for new work in the Retro Quire
Dec 2001 Braithwaite Memorial - Eskdale, Cumbria
Sep 2001 Speaking To Us From The Margins - Permanently sited at The National Centre For Early Music, Walmgate, York
May 2001 Sheffield Cathedral Commission - Designs shortlisted for commission to design a baptismal pool and an inscription to transom element of entrance to new community resource centre
Jun 1998 Russell Memorial - St Andrews, Scotland

Collaborations with Ian Hamilton Finlay

2004 St. Gallan, Switzerland - Stainless steel lettering balustrade for private residence
2003 Basel, Switzerland - Cast and applied lead lettering to external facade
1997 - 2003 Fleur de l'Air, Provence - Numerous works , carving, inscriptional & architectural in 20 acre site illustrated in book of the same name
2002 Carrara International Biennale, Italy - Inscriptional work
2002 Neanderthal, Germany - Inscriptional work
2002 Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg - Inscriptional work
2000 Hamilton Palace Grounds, Lanarkshire - 'Cythera'
1999 Erfurt Federal Labour Court, Germany - Inscribed benches
1999 Hamburg, Germany - Insriptional work
1999 Barcelona, Parc Guell - 'The Present Order' commissioned by Barcelona City Council, supported by The British Council
1998 The Hague, Netherlands - 'Et In Arcadia Ego' commissioned by Stroom
1997 Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London - Large circular inscription set into paving at gallery entrance, eight inscribed benches and tree plaque. Commissioned by Serpentine Gallery
1996 Botanical Gardens, Durham - 'Foxgloves' - carving in oak


2005 Newby Hall - North Yorkshire; Laurence Sterne Trust - Coxwold; The Folly - Settle
2004 Contemporary Applied Arts - London; Laurence Sterne Trust - Coxwold
2003 The Hub - Sleaford
2002 Adze - York
2001 National Centre For Early Music - York

Exhibitions with Ian Hamilton Finlay

2006 Tate Triennial
2005 'L'Idylle Des Cerises' - Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 'Idylls And Interventions' - Victoria Miro, London
2002 'Maritime Works' - Tate St. Ives
1999 'Variations On Several Themes' - Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona
1998 'Modern Antiquities' - Landesmuseum, Mainz
1996 'Grains Of Salt' - Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

Awards, Memberships etc.

NESTA Fellowship 2006-2008
Contemporary Applied Arts Accepted as member
Crafts Council Selected Maker
Letter Exchange Accepted as member
Crafts Council Setting Up Scheme Award 1996

Press and Publications

1992 Country Life Giles Worsley, Spencer House, London. 24/31 December. Article
1993 Spencer House - Chronicle of a London Mansion Joseph Friedman. Zwemmer
1995 Perspectives on Architecture Joanna Watt, Stonecarvers. No. 16, Vol. 12. Article
1998 The Art of Remembering H.Frazer & C.Oestreicher. Carcanet
2004 Fleur De L'Air P.Simig, J.Dixon Hunt, H.Gilonis. Wild Hawthorn Press
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