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.
Last week I was lucky enough to be able to visit Clyde & Co to see my artwork on display; and to see the amazing work of the other artists chosen for their annual exhibition. I was not allowed to take pictures of any of the amazing work on display. But the building, St Botolph’s in the city, is worth a visit, just to go up and down in the lift! There are two lifts in each,er, column, which is pretty unusual. They’re colour-coded and I was told they never bump into one another. Phew!
I’ve got an idea that I’m working on for a new picture. I love the idea of sirens. And there are so many good pictures, already. They tend to fall into two camps:
There is the William Etty glamour-girl style of siren. Plenty of examples of this kind of thing.
And then there is the Waterhouse siren, much more sinister, somehow, relating back to the images seen on Greek vases. There’s also a painting by Victor Vasnetsov in this latter tradition, called Sirens: the song of joy and sorrow (or something like that!)
It’s this latter one that I’m planning my painting around. I like to think of a battered hero, adrift or tied to a post, still being taunted by these creatures…
Long way to go yet, but here’s an early image of the idea.
This is nearly done. It’s not exactly how I want it. But I’m running out of time.
What I’m trying to do, as I have probably said, is make the stone look almost animate. I don’t know if it works. Loved doing the curtains!