Sunday, 27 February 2011

Alternative Realities - 3 new paintings

Alternative Reality 1
Alternative Reality 2
Alternative Reality 3

Friday, 25 February 2011

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Canned Oxygen - Icosahedron Gallery, March 5 to 26 2011

The information for the Canned Oxygen -exhibition, including an on-line catalogue is now on their website:

Only thing, the painting "Max Bygraves" is not in the show.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Clash of the Artists

Art for progress run an annual competition for artists based on online votes - so support me by voting!


And then scroll down - you should find me eventually! I'm just over half way down...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Market abstract - Hanging around

Third version of this painting - I have painted over and painted over. For the moment I am happy. You don't quite get the scale in this reproduction - it is huge - 185cm tall, 115cm wide. That's over 6 foot tall for non-metricated people.

The Hanging around is a reference for a number of things - that this canvas is still hanging around, that I like hanging around markets - and whilst painting the Stranglers came on.. 

One of 'em comes over, 
he's got a monkey on his shoulder
and the monkey's getting grinner
but his eyes are on the ground
He's just hanging around...

Friday, 11 February 2011

Art Scams

Will they never go away? Today I've been hassled by three different scammers. Firstly some pain called "Jordana Jack" wanting me to sell her works - she'll organise the shipping. If you don't know how this one works, it's like this:
They ask for you to give them a price for a work but they will "use their own shipper":, then they ask you to take too much money for some convoluted reason and ask you to repay them the rest. Jeez they think people are stupid.

Strangely when you tell them you only accept paypal and use your own shippers they go away. In this case it was amusing in that they asked to purchase two prints - which would have cost about 10€ to post!

The other two scams are more subtle

One said I had been 'chosen' to have my work featured in a publication of art. Akl I had to do was send them 1500€...  The other one asked me to enter an open exhibition/competition - at the cost of 80$ per artwork, where, if I was one of the lucky chosen ones,  my work would be *gasp* 'exhibited for two years... on a website. Hmmm. And there is a first prize worth 4,900€!!! Wait a minute - the key word is "worth"... The first prize is TWO WHOLE PAGES featuring your work in a new art publication. Second prize ("worth" 2,450€) is ONE PAGE. But never mind if you don't win, you can buy a page....

I guess artists are vulnerable souls desperate for appreciation, so are easy prey for bastards like these. But I wish they would go away.

In the meantime a big appreciation is due to the following scam-fighters:

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Who killed Bambi?

Gentle pretty thing
Who only had one spring
You bravely faced the world
Ready for anything
I'm happy that you lived
For your life is mine
What have I except to cry
Spirit never die
Birds of the air
Beasts of the earth
Overjoyed at Bambi's birth they gambolled in the glade

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Murder murder murder
Someone should be angry
The crime of the century
Who shot little Bambi
Never trust a hippie
'Cause I love punky Bambi
I'll kill to find the killer
In that rotten roll army
All the spikey punkers
Believers in the ruins
With one big shout
They all cry out
Who killed Bambi?

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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Something Right

I was hanging some pictures today on the gallery wall. One of the paintings I was going to hang was "Something Ain't Right" - an abstract inspired by the Talking Heads song. But when I went to hang it I thought: "hang on, something ain't right". So I spent the next couple of hours working on it. So now here it is, reborn as "Something right".

Better, I think.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Fenêtres Vista

Another painting inspired by my environment. Arches and windows in ancient walls all around me.

The title is an unsubtle pun. I use a mac.