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.
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!
Working hard for the Discerning Eye exhibition. I have reached a stage with Head on a Plate (as I call it) where I have to put it to one side in order to begin work on a new picture. I have not finished the painting – there is still work to do on the background and one or two other finishing touches. But time is short. I’ve got to press on.
The new picture, much like the one above, came out of an idea I had staring at a bust in an Antiques shop. There is some sense of life even in a marble statue and painting makes it possible to reveal it in an almost magical way. I hope!
Here is the early work on the painting.
I’m pretty sure the bust I am working with is (or more strictly, was) of a Roman emperor. But I’m not sure which one. I want to keep the coldness of the marble but add a lifelike milkiness to the expression. Not sure how it will turn out at the moment. Anyway, it’s coming on.
My new picture is loosely based on the myth of Salome and John the Baptist. I’m thinking of a number of works on this theme. This might become a study for a different, larger picture.
The picture is 20×20 and the main reason I’m working at this size is that I have been invited by Chris Ingram to exhibit at this year’s ING – Discerning Eye exhibition. It feels like a real privilege. (About the ING-Discerning Eye show). I was really pleased to see that Tessa Farmer exhibited at this show. Her work is amazing. (Tessa Farmer’s site.) Take a look if you are not familiar with it.
One of the things that is slightly frustrating about my painting is that I’m having to work on a coarser canvas than i would have liked – the company that supplies my canvas had run out of the good stuff (superfine linen). The picture is coming along well but there are a few things wrong with it, at the moment, things I’ll have to sort out, and quickly. The deadline for the exhibition is early September and I’m not sure how much work I can do by then…especially as I have to fit in with a part-time job, at the same time. That’s life, I guess. And at the same time, it’s good to be busy.