A new painting that I have been working on for a while, based on an idea which took shape gradually in my mind. Memories of my time at St Martin’s (when the college was in Archway) and also of a lonely year spent in the depths of Southwark.
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For me it’s something of a departure but I’m happy with the atmospherics of the picture.
People often ask me what I do, so I decided to get some business cards made… they’ve just arrived and I have to say, they do look lovely. How exciting. All the cards in little plastic boxes, too. So neat!
I also made some postcards…so keep a look-out for them.
To celebrate the appearance of one of my works, Commuters, in an exhibition at The Lightbox, Woking, I have made a very limited edition of three full-size (100x70cm) giclee prints on beautiful 310gsm Hahnemuhle acid-free art paper. (This was an experiment to understand the capabilities of the giclee process. I can confirm it is amazingly good!)
These are for sale at virtually cost price, £155 each (unframed). Please use the Contact form if you might be interested in one of these prints. But hurry — they are bound to go quickly!
I was delighted to learn that one of my paintings (Commuters) has been chosen for an exhibition at The Lightbox, in Woking. Works for the exhibition were drawn from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art. The exibition was curated by the Young Curators group at The Lightbox. They were given unique access to The Ingram Collection of almost 600 paintings and sculptures “by some of the most important artists of the Modern British era” including Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. Other artists featured in the exhibition included Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. I’m very grateful that the Young Curators also spotted my work! My favourite picture in the exhibition was of a Mercedes, by John Bratby.
This picture of the exibition (below) is not very good, but it gives you the general idea.
I don’t know why this became known as Borchid. We just started calling it this, for fun. It’s a picture of Bee orchids on Reigate Hill looking in the general direction of Box Hill. I was asked to do this for Caroline, a field botanist who has happy memories of this place. And although it isn’t my usual thing, I found it enjoyable. I’m assured that Caroline likes the picture. Phew.
At the moment I am beginning to work on a piece for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who happened to see my work in a surgery while visiting Bridport. I received an invitation to his house, deep in the Devon countryside. Hugh explained that he normally buys artwork from people he knows and likes, rather from just anyone with a reputation. Good start, I guess! It was lovely to meet his family.
The kitchen was long and big and as you would expect from a chef with a shelf of his own cookery books. Lots of jars and bottles and a lovely old oven, plus plenty of cooking utensils!
Hugh liked the idea of a family portrait looking as natural as possible with the family around the kitchen doing what they usually do – the kitchen being the place where they spend most of their time and where, unsurprisingly, there is plenty of interest in the culinary arts! While I was there, one of his boys began filleting a fish while the other prepared a pesto sauce.
I managed to get some good ideas and get some decent images and I really appreciate the free hand that I have been given to create my own work
The end of last year was such a rush. Especially having to put together four new paintings for The Discerning Eye exhibition. The Exhibition was not a complete success, for me, though I did manage to sell one picture (Head on a Plate). There was such a lot of good work on show – and although I was a little disappointed at the positioning of my pictures (they were scattered high and low) I was very pleased overall to have been part of things.
At the moment I’m working on a couple of private commissions.