Saturday, 25 June 2011

New Painting - Analysis

What do you see? What do I want you to see? What is deliberate? What is accident? When creating work like this it is difficult to explain sometimes what, where and why. The creative process takes over and things can just happen. Yes I make deliberate decisions about composition. Yes I spend time considering colour combinations, considering layers, considering textures. And materials. In this one I have deliberately used things around me - found things - to make textures. Some have meaning - to me -  some are just because I like the way they felt and looked and contributed to the whole. So... this painting is about a lot of things, some of them clearer than others.

The other point of interest: this is very big - 180cm x 120 cm. That's nearly 6x4 ft for undecimalised people. So you don't quite get it all on line - size and texture missing.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011

MisShapes

A painting finished today

Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits.
Raised on a diet of broken biscuits, oh we don't look the same as you
We don't do the things you do, but we live around here too.
Oh really.
Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits, we'd like to go to town but we can't risk it
Oh 'cause they just want to keep us out.
You could end up with a smash in the mouth just for standing out.
Oh really. Brothers, sisters, can't you see?
The future's owned by you and me.
There won't be fighting in the street.
They think they've got us beat, but revenge is going to be so sweet.
We're making a move, we're making it now, we're coming out of the side-lines.
Just put your hands up - it's a raid yeah:
We want your homes, we want your lives,
we want the things you won't allow us.
We won't use guns, we won't use bombs
We'll use the one thing we've got more of - that's our minds.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Animaux at Matelles-Art


On returning to Les Matelles, I had to collect my unsold animal pictures from Gignac. When I say "unsold" I mean all apart from one - this not being the most successful of exhibitions for either myself or Cherryl. So I took a look at the Matelles-Art gallery and thought "why not take away the clocks and the paintings and the giclée prints and have an animals exhibition here?" Apart from the ridiculous percentage charge the gallery owner makes (100%) I could see no reason, so I have now set up my gallery with my new "Animaux" exhibition - and it even includes a few new animals that weren't at Gignac or Lodève. I'm not having a vernissage here, but just making a few posters and opening my doors. So, all welcome!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

London Art - Artist of the Week / Boom - Brick Lane opening

Yesterday the 'Boom' exhibition at Brick Lane Gallery opened. It was a nice opening, with lots of my London friends turning up to support me, and a fun lively atmosphere, with a wide variety of work being shown by various artists. Apart from my own work I really liked the paintings by Italian artist Maria Luisa Azzini.

See pictures of the event at the gallery's Facebook page here . A nice surprise before the event was finding out I had been named "Artist of the week" at londonart.co.uk . It's nice reading things people say about you and your art. Well, when they say nice things, anyway. We all need our egos stroked. Second time recently, with L'Hérault Art, as previously reported being nice to me too.