Gary was born and raised in Stepney in London's East End; his family history can be traced back for at least 200 hundred years in London, probably longer. In each piece of work he tries to reflect up to 2000 years of London history; from Roman occupation through the great plagues and fires that have blighted London, through empire building and brisk commerce, right up to the present day. Each piece is unique and always has a story to tell. Over the past several years Gary has had his work exhibited both in London and in New York City, where he spent a number of years working on urban art projects as well as exploring the less-well-trodden city parks in search of American and British Revolutionary artifacts.
After working at the United Nations for a number of years I decided to spend more time following my passion for art and antiques and started a business based in NYC. This allowed me more time to travel the United States looking for items of interest, as well as giving me the chance to see America through some of the objects that define its past.
In 2004, after 20 years of living in America, I decided with my family to come home to England. In that time I have been working on my art as well as going back to school, defining what the next 20 years might bring.
Featured Shows: Soho PS4 Gallery, NYC
Urban Gallery, 46th & Broadway NYC
Macondo Gallery,Hoxton, London UK
Byard Art , King's parade, Cambridge UK (2010)
Jun 2003 - Oct 1982
I was employed by the United Nations in the publications department primarily as a print designer but I am also fully trained in most aspects of the lithographic printing process and therefore worked in most areas of department during my time spent at the U.N.
Sep 1978 - Jul 1981
London School of Economics
As a collector of found objects, it is not often I come across Victorian pot lids like this so when I do I am very happy indeed.(I have tried to find more information about this lid but have so far been unsuccessful. I will update this page if I come across any more information in the meantime). I created this piece with inlaid clay pipe stems 1800-1900s and the pot lid in the center. The outside perimeter is white stone, and the tile is encased in a white wood frame(7x7).
I create art from found objects collected from my travels and from the muddy banks of the river Thames. This piece includes two porcelain figurines from the 1930s, standing next to two Victorian clay pipe stems found along the Thames foreshore. Underneath the figures is a strand of American barbed wire known as Kelly's Diamond (1868). Why I added the barbed wire I don't really know but it works for me. The other materials are stone tiles and mixed coloured grout, framed in a shadow box (7x7 inches and in metric 18x18cm).
In this piece (10x10) I have represented London's industrial past, highlighting both the heights and depths of that period. The materials used include: a machine cog, a turning handle, a clay pipe, a bisque doll and a lead pig. The cog and handle were used in the actual machinery of the time. The old clay pipe dates from the 17th century, making it one of the first pipes ever produced in the West. Underneath the cog is a painted lead pig made by the toy maker 'Britain's'. The doll figure is an original bisque doll(still covered in foreshore sand) made in Japan around the 1930s. In her belly is a shield bearing the City of London coat of arms the St.George Cross. The hand in the left corner is believed to represent the dagger used by the boy king, Richard, to murder the leader of the peasants poll tax revolt a man called Wat Tyler in 1381.
Encompassing 500 years of gastonomic history in one 10x10 work, this piece features pottery from Medieval times to the Victorian era.
Beautiful face of a child whose gender is difficult to tell yet makes no difference to the beauty and innocence of children if allowed.
Victorian transfer image of a mother and child on a very cool to touch porcelain lid which is surrounded by a contrasting white marble stone background.
This work is meant to induce a feeling of calm. It incorporates a quite regal pottery shard showing the royal coat of arms in all its majesty. Above you will notice a blue shard which I have placed to cool down the heavy whiteness of the stone, which is then further softened by the use of a blue/mauve grout. The border of the tile is skirted with flattened copper. The tile measurements are as follows: 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and 1/2 thick (14cm x 14cm)
This is a lovely face of a female child juxtaposed with two other objects I found on the banks of the Thames in London. The ring has a nice patina but as for it's use, I have no idea. On the right is a very attractive shard of blue pottery circa 1900s. The work is encased in a black 8x6 frame.
A Victorian maid looks longingly from a window into the distance. The figurine is set amongst blue grout and white/grey stone. Opposite is a 1800-1900 bottle of 'Masons Wine Essence'. I have tried to capture a moment from the old world, using the maid to reflect long lost feelings and the herb bottle to represent the practical and actual real lives of these people so long ago. Tile measures 7 x 7 x 2.