1992 he moved to London and became best known for portraiture of artists and celebrities including the Spice Girls, Justin Timberlake, Billy Connolly, Lee Evans, Orlando Bloom and many others.
Ian is a four times nominee and recipient of an honourable mention in the International Photography Awards.
‘In the Mist’ 2016, marked the beginning of new work, in Hatfield Forest followed by still life studies. Working and experimenting with alternative and early print processes, Ian spent seven months refining and bettering the gum bichromates to form the grid of Gwen ‘Did I Want To Be Here?’
His client portfolio included EMI, Polydor, Pixi Make-up, Topshop, BBC, Bank of New York, Barclays Bank, Slaughter & May, Vidal Sassoon, M&S and magazines GQ, Arena, Sunday Times Magazine, Smash hits, Top of the Pops and Q Magazine. He has been featured in several media interviews including Kirsty Young’s programme for BBC 5 live.
After 30 years as a commercial photographer, Ian felt it was time to focus on his personal work. Driven out of the need for self knowledge, he enrolled on a MA Fine Art degree at Cambridge School of Art, studying and researching themes such as self, personal identity, portraiture, self-representation and perception through a Jungian lens.
“Researching Jungian theories will help me to achieve a greater understanding of ‘self’ and that will add depth and authenticity to myself as an artist”.
Carl Gustav Jung theorised that using visualisation techniques can enable you to have; “completely new thoughts and creative ideas that can present themselves from the unconscious along with thoughts and ideas that have never been conscious before”.
During his time at Cambridge School of Art, Ian experimented with various fine art disciplines such as sculpture, sound, performance and multi-media.
“By using projections, photography and sculpture I’m excited by the prospects of developing my work into new dynamic installations and releasing my work from the limitations of the gallery wall”.