Born and raised in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Gary wanted to make art from an early age, but under pressure to get a proper job, joined the RAF. He explains:
“It was not until the nineties that I got the chance to follow my dreams when I began my artistic education culminating in gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Bretton Hall.
Over the last few years I have spent time travelling to out of the way places, such as the Falklands and the North East coast of Scotland. Whilst in these places I drew and took photographs of the landscape. I also sat and wrote down thoughts and feelings that being in these wild places had upon me.
It is not until I return to the studio that I begin to select images from my sketchbook and begin to work on them on a larger scale, usually using oil paints onto a board or canvas. The image can change many times as I proceed, however I am not concerned by this, as my work evolves as I respond emotionally to what unfolds before my eyes. Because of this process, the images I create invariably create a tension between representation and abstraction, which I find appealing.”
He has successfully exhibited in Scotland and London and in 2015 won Best Small Painting Award at the Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral, for which he has again been selected in 2016. He has also shown his work at Platform Open, Morphets, Harrogate, 2015 and 2016.
Gary works from his home studio in Leeds.