Information & CV

I draw as a form of replay so that the ‘embodiments’ will come to life. Everything is in flux, portals spin, grow teeth and figures quiver in fear or excitation: a space queen is cornered in a glass box, the sex doll strangles her owner, while an avian humanoid shakes out her feathers. Characters grope or spy on each other, they dance while others weep.

I work with drawing, painting and collage as a process to explore and reveal the complex and often subtle forms of violence, coercion and oppression that may pervade the domestic spheres of our lives, drawing on personal history. Who wields power, controls, decides who may speak and who must keep their secrets. What is hidden or camouflaged and what is displayed. Through the process of drawing, characters emerge which seem to have something to say. I work with these ‘embodiments’ to give them a voice and a future narrative.

I find myself drawn to experimental and physical theatre for inspiration, the strange gestures of surrealism and writers on the politics of psychological distress and trauma (Mark Fisher, Judith Herman, Susie Orbach).

My current research has taken me to Polish post WW2 experimental theatre, in particular the work of Tadeusz Kantor whose work explored the trauma of the holocaust. I find his use of objects to symbolise or hold trauma, particularly interesting. These vessels understood not to be props but participants in their own right, ‘bio-objects’, where the object and the human become one. This notion of the non-living as participants with their own agency has always fascinated me. In this body of work I am exploring the merger and exchange between paper and flesh bodies with a group of performers that will become a future performance and video piece.


2011 MPhil, Painting Dept., Royal College of Art, London
2004 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
1999 B.A.(Hons), Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton

Upcoming exhibition and events

2022 Open Plan: Summer Studio, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 1-6th August. I have been selected for a one week residency at the Towner Gallery working alongside other artists in the spirit of fostering interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intercultural connections.

2022 Nadine Feinson & June Nelson, two-person show, Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th September at Gallery 207, 207 High Street, Lewes as part of the Lewes Artwave Festival. This is part of a rolling, four-part show by Nu Artists where the focus shifts to different artists each week: Angela Smith & Caroline Pick 1st - 4th Sept, myself and June Nelson 8th - 11th Sept, Sara Grisewood, Lucy Newman and guest Bob Dixon 15th - 18th Sept and Mary Anne Francis 22nd - 25th Sept. Nu are a group of contemporary artists who come together to discuss, question and share art, in a spirit of generosity and openness.

2023 Rose Garden, group show at Terrace Gallery, The William the Fourth, 816 High Road Leyton, London E10 6AE. Curated by Tony Benn & Glenn Ward. January dtbc.

Selected exhibitions & other activity
2021 Newhaven Open, artist led initiative bringing artists, local people and visitors to the area to engage with art. The Ship Hotel, Newhaven, E. Sussex. 11th/12th, 18th/19th & 25/26th September.
2021 NU Artists. NU is a newly formed group of contemporary artists in Lewes who came together remotely during lockdown to discuss, question and share art, in a spirit of generosity and openness. This is their first exhibition. Artwave Festival, 11/12th September.
2021 'The Psychedelic Drug Trial' - BBC 2. Documentary of the Imperial College drug trial that followed some of the participants, including myself, comparing conventional anti-depressant treatment with Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms. Available to watch on iplayer
2020 ‘Words that transform, vibrate and glow: 13 paintings inspired by the lyrics of Nick Cave’, Charlie Smith London. Curated by Angela Koulakoglou. Artists: Emma Bennett, Daniel P. Carter, Nadine Feinson, Maggi Hambling, Florian Heinke, Sam Jackson, James Johnston, Susanne Kühn, Concha Martinez Barreto, George Shaw, Dominic Shepherd, George Stamatakis, Rose Wylie. 17 January - 8 February
2018 Sussex Open 2018, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 21 July - 30 September
2018 Multidisciplinary drawing exhibition, University of Brighton, 9-29 March
2016 '20th Anniversary Exhibition', Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, Dec 9-14
2016 'Slippery & Amorphous NYC', Exchange Rates - International Bushwick Exposition 2016, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Paula MacArthur and Wendy Saunders. 20 - 23 October.
2016 'Slippery & Amorphous', Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt, Marylebone, London. 11 January - 26th March. Curated by Paula MacArthur and Wendy Saunders.
2015 'Surface to Air', & Model Gallery, Leeds. 12th November - 12th December. Curated by Mark Wright.
2015 'Surface Value', James Freeman Gallery, London. 8 - 31st October. Curated by Mark Wright.
2015 'Material Tension', Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. Curated by Lucy Day & Eliza Gluckman of A Woman’s Place. 5 March - 16 June
2014 ‘SPV Ltd - Sub-Cell’, The Records Office, Old Police Cells, Brighton, 5th-6th December. Curated by Rosie Hermon. (See section on collaborative work below.)
2014 ‘SPV (Trans-Channel) Ltd’. Contemporary art festival curated by Alice Schÿler Mallet and Amélie Mourgued’Algue Supported by Ministère de la Culture and Arts Council of England. (The performance took place on the cross-channel ferry between Newhaven and Dieppe on August 19. (See section on collaborative work below.)
2014 RIFF/RIFT, BALTIC 39, (project space, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art), Newcastle. A two-part show with a focus on abstraction in the expanded field of painting. Curated by Matthew Hearn, Thomas Whittle and Sebastian Trend. 11 Dec 2013 – 23rd March 2014
2013 ‘Dirty Pop’, &Model Gallery, Leeds. Exhibition of contemporary painting curated by Mark Wright.May 2 – June 8
2012 '100 Curators 100 Days'. The painting ‘See Red’ selected by curator Emma Dean of the BALTIC, Gateshead, for a Saatchi online exhibition, July 18 - November
2012 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (requested submission from curator Tess Jaray). June 4 – August 12
2012 ‘(De)constructions’, Rollo Contemporary, London, March 14 – April 27
2012 Contemporary Art Society loan collection, Circle Hospital, Bath, in collaboration with Hoxton Art Gallery, February 2012 - January 2013
2011 ‘Memento Mori’, Hoxton Art Gallery, London. September 15 – October 6
2011 [Solo Show] ‘Decoy Paintings', The Gallery, Idea Store, Whitechapel, London. Curated by Sotiris Kyriacou. September 2 - October 9
2011 [Two-person show] ‘Day Trip to Hastings’, LIDO Project Space, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. Show with Dylan Shipton (arts council lottery funded). July 16 – August 7
2011 ‘Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home’, Standpoint Gallery, London. Curated by Fiona MacDonald, London. June 24 – July 30
2011 'Polemically Small - on paper’, The Future Can Wait, Torrance Art Museum, CA, USA. Curated by Zavier Ellis, Edward Lucie-Smith, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley, May 28 – June 25
2010 ‘New British Painting’, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki. (supported by the British Council, in collaboration with Charlie Smith Gallery, London.) 21 May – 20
2010 'Le Weekend Sept Jour', École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Feb 13/20
2009 ‘On the Edge', Rollo Contemporary Art, London, April 21 - May 29
2008 'The Future Can Wait 08', Old Truman Brewery, London. Curated by Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley. October 15 – 19
2008 'Travelogue', One in the Other Gallery, Vyner St., London. Curated by Sotiris Kyriacou, September 5 - October 5
2008 ‘New London School’, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, LA. Curated by Zavier Ellis, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley, April 5
2008 ‘Shadowy’, Standpoint Gallery, London. Curated by Fiona MacDonald. Jan 18 – Feb16
2007 ‘The Future Can Wait’, Old Truman Brewery, London. Curated by Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley. October 9 – 14
2007 ‘Avatar of Sacred Discontent’, (touring), T1+2 Gallery, London. Curated by Wolfe Lenkiewicz and Flora Fairbairn. September 14 - October 19
2007 ‘Salon 2007: New British Painting’, 319 Portobello Road, London. Curated by Flora Fairbairn and Sotiris Kyriacou. March 9 – 31
2006 ‘New London Kicks II’, Wooster Projects, New York. Curated by Simon Rumley and Ed Burke. November 16 - December
2006 ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Fieldgate Gallery, London. Curated by Richard Livingston & Laura White. September 8 –October 1
2006 ‘New London Kicks’, Soho House, New York. Curated by Simon Rumley. March 10 – 11
2006 ‘Altered Beast’, Three Colts Gallery, London. Curated by John Stark. February 11 – 26
2005 ‘Yabadabadoo’, Cell Project Space, London. Curated by Juan Bolivar (Trailer Productions), October 15 – November 13
2005 ‘We Have Left the City Gates’, The Nunnery, London. Curated by JJ Charlesworth. June 18 – July 16

UBS Art Collection, the private collection of Robert Devereux, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Public Catalogue Foundation Arts Charity, Kolon Art Collection, Korea. Private collections in the UK, France, Switzerland, USA and Italy.

Art Fairs
2017 Sluice, London/PIY PaintLounge, 30th Sep - 3rd October
2013 London Art Fair (Art Projects), Islington/Hoxton Art Gallery. Jan 16 – 20
2009 Volta5 Basel/One in the Other Gallery, Vyner St., London, June 8 – 13
2009 Art Chicago/One in the Other Gallery, Vyner St., London, May 1 - 4
2008 Pulse Miami/One in the Other Gallery, Vyner St., London, Dec 3 – 7
2006 Zoo Art Fair/The Great Unsigned, London, October 13 – 15

Collaborative Work
2012-2014 SPV Ltd (performance)
I am a founding member of SPV Ltd., which was set up in 2012 by Claire Makhlouf Carter, Apollo Korzeniowski Aabye, Nadia Visram and myself to perform and problematise financial transactions in order to question labour and economic devices. SPV Ltd offered a tax-free haven and a shoe cleaning franchise opportunity. Performances took place during a number of art and non-art events.
2013 LUPA EVENT, Lock Up Performance Art, SPV Ltd - Providers of a Tax Haven, Curated by Aaron Williamson, Jordan McKenzie, Kate Mahony and Rachel Dowle

2018 Stage 2 of the John Moores Painting Prize with the painting 'Podsolnukh (Every Day's a Sunny Day)'
2018 & 2012, Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 21 July - 30 Sept.
2012 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (requested submission from curator Tess Jaray). June 4 – August 12

2014 SPV (Trans-Channel) Ltd, Anglo-French Art Festival. Supported by Ministère de la Culture and Arts Council of England
2011 Lottery Funding/Arts Council Funded and East Sussex County Council Funding for ‘Day Trip to Hastings’, LIDO Project Space, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex
2006 Arts council funding, ‘Altered Beast’, Three Colts Gallery, London, 11 – 26 February

2018 'PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and Difference in the Age of Media Equivalence', ed. Carl Robinson, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018 (ISSN 978-1-5275-1110-1). Essay 'Painting in the Digital Age: Redefining the Medium's Relationship to its History, Materiality, and Ideas of the Temporal' by Mark Wright.
2013 '100 London Artists', Vol. 1: 50 Painters, iArtbook published by curator Edward Lucie-Smith and Zavier Ellis.

Contributed to:
2016 Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.2 No.2, ed. Rebecca Fortum. ISSN 2052-6695. Review of 'Painting in Time', The Tetley, Leeds, 3 April-5 July
2013 /seconds Issue 13 - 'The Subjectile: Collapse, Betrayal and Subterfuge', Contrib. 'Cosmotop Series 5080'
( Edited by Peter Lewis and Peter Fillingham
2011 Publication alongside the exhibition ‘Day Trip to St. Leonards on Sea’ as part of a series of pamphlets published by LIDO Projects, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.
2010 Catalogue ‘Le Weekend Sept Jour’, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
2010 /seconds Issue 12: Archetype: Going Underground/The Cruel Scene of the Image. Contrib. 'Painting the Perfect Cannibal'. Online publication at edited by Peter Lewis
2007 /seconds (edition v): "Multitude: Handbook for Disobedience". Contrib. 'Painting in Multitude',, online publication initiated and edited by Peter Lewis and Derek Horton, May 2007

2017 'Palette & Colour', PIY PaintLounge Sluice Biennial. Panel discussion with Katrina Blannin, Nadine Feinson and Ruth Philo. 12.30pm 3rd October.
2016 'What Painting Knows', Wimbledon College of Art, London. Paper on research and panel discussion with Simon Burton, Kaye Donachie, Mark Fairnington and Nadine Feinson, 21st January.
2015 'Painting in Time' Symposium, 4th July, The Tetley, Leeds. Paper on painting as a temporal medium.

2011 MPhil Thesis, Royal College of Art, Blot: The Material Conditions of Appearance in Painting (

Professional Development
2001 ETA Networking Scheme set up by Deborah Rawson, mentoring by artist Monica Ross, Brighton.

Senior Lecturer
Fine Art Painting Dept., Yr1 Year Leader, University of Brighton, 2014 - August 2018.

Visiting Lecturer

2018 University of Brighton, Fine Art Painting Dept - 26th October, 2nd and 9th November
2018 Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Fine Art - 4th December
2018 West Kent College, Fine Art - 15th November
2016 Wimbledon College of Art, Painting Dept. - 21st January
2013 - 2014 University of Brighton, Fine Art Painting Dept
2012 London Metropolitan University, Painting Dept