Selected Works

 In Order of Slides

The deployment of remotely piloted air platforms (RPAs) - or drones - has become a defining feature of contemporary counter-insurgency operations. Scholarly analysis and public debate has primarily focused on two issues: the legality of targeted killing and whether the practice is effective at disrupting insurgency networks, and the intensive media and activist scrutiny of the policy processes through which targeted killing decisions have been made. While contributing to these ongoing discussions, this book aims to determine how targeted killing has become possible in contemporary counter-insurgency operations undertaken by liberal regimes.

Notes post 2020

The last couple of years have been very busy as my father entered his last years, and I was working actively in the community response to countering violent extremism programs in the Australian multicultural sector. I've kept up doing group shows, and building up a lot of visual diary volumes and small works. I'm now based in Perth again after many years working in the disability sector and, since Covid-19 hit the world, Perth has closed its borders. This has meant no exhibition, so I'm just continuing to build a new body of work. This new body of work is titled CRASH!

Bus Stop

transitional works 2015 - 2019

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I've had a few years break when my father was unwell and passed, and I was also working in Melbourne in multicultural policy doing social cohesion work there, which was intense. I'm now back based in Perth, Western Australia and since it has closed its borders, I am basing myself here for the time being. The peace, the spirituality of the land and people here have been welcoming. My father died here in February 2018, and after the funeral, I decided to spend two years completing new work. I found policy workand started becoming involved in the community here, and of course, in 2020 the pandemic has forced me to take time to reflect. 

Some interesting 
art moments in the last year...

Since March 2020 I have started a new series of paintings to express the enormous impact of COVID-19 on all our lives, on the human consciousness, and exploring spiritual art.

In February 2020 I was once again shortlisted for the 2020 Collie Art Prize exhibition.

In April 2019 I submitted an entry for the Archibald Prize 2019 of Muslim Community Leader Nail Aykan. We didnt get short-listed but the process was deep, moving and as an inter-faith and inter-cultural experience I learned so much.

In 2019 I started a new series of works focused more on the autobiographical and the use of allegory, they explore my spirituality and personal journey over the last few years.

In March 2018 my painting Bombshells was shortlisted & exhibited as a finalist for the Collie Art Prize in Western Australia which was a fantastic experience. 

In 2017 my artwork was on the cover of University of Newcastle UK researcher Kyle Grayson's new book, The Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: On Drones, Counter-Insurgency and Violence for Routledge in London (see below). My painting is There Is Nothing Like a Drone (2012).

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