About Pat McCabe

I studied art at Liverpool art school and then moved to London in 1969. I messed about doing modelling for motor shows, boat shows and fashion fairs for a couple of years. At the same time I took screen printing and life drawing classes at Putney Art School.

In 1973 I won the John Spencer Churchill Award for Women's art and all exhibits sold. Also in 1973 I was invited to join the Chelsea Open Air, a group of artists and sculptors that set up a weekly exhibition in the Kings Road. This was great fun but I was never going to get rich. I did, however, get to have my backside cast in resins by the sculptor John Cotter and put on public display.

Between 1976 and 1983 I took time out to have babies.

From 1984 I spent much of my time at Merton Adult Education College teaching 'new ways with paint'; courses to adults, art to the people with learning difficulties and art and picture framing to the people with a physical disability.

In 1984 I read a book called 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressell which inspired me to get back to work and take courses in faux finishes at Vauxhall Builders College under the guidance of some old artisans. I started a business, 'Brush Strokes', which, over the years, evolved into Pat McCabe's Specialist Paint Finishes.

This is the first time I've advertised! All previous work has come by recommendation.

From about 1995 I began to move more into interior design and renovation, my prime focus being on 'live in' kitchens, 'workmanlike' bathrooms and painted furniture.

I took time out between 1995 and 1998 to teach art at a couple of local HMP's, working through NESCOT. Three of my students won Koestler awards, which are commendations for exceptional artworks by prison inmates.

In 2009, the idea of recycling furniture into functional art came to me and I began work on the first examples of what has now become my 'Sit on Your Face' series.

Pat McCabe