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.
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’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.
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!
I’m really excited that one of the pictures from my final art show has been chosen by Clyde & Co for their annual awards scheme to “encourage and nurture emerging talent in the visual arts, by introducing final year art undergraduates to the corporate sector and showcasing their work, as they graduate from three leading art schools (Central St Martins, Chelsea and Wimbledon)”. The picture, Icarus, will be displayed in the client meeting rooms and corridors for a year. There are other benefits but most of all it’s just a thrill to get some recognition.
Something Amazing (Icarus) ON LOAN