Revealing this weeks new Painting. From this point the Gherkin looks much less solid than the vision normally seen in the London skyline. The new colours work for me! It has something of a ‘Hall of mirrors’ effect with all the reflections. That was what drew me to the composition in the first place.
Do you use the term contemporary or Modern Art When referring to the current art scene? I know many artist friends use Contemporary or modern equally and you’d be forgiven for thinking they are the same. But not so… I’ve been painting Lady Margaret Hall or LMH It’s very much a Victorian building. Another of the pieces I’ve done for the Modern face of Oxford Commission. Although it feels like modern is pushing it to my mind. This is where I am so far… We could start a contemporary or modern art debate… and go on for hours… Yes, there is a difference. Confused? Until 5 years ago I was blissfully unaware that Contemporary or modern art could be differentiated. Until I decided to look them up and found clear distinctions between the two genres but, more than that, it’s open to interpretation and debate. Partly fueled by confusion, the various meanings of the two words and an implied understanding in common usage. Words is all they are, And yet so much more is implied. Like the terms “art” and “artist” Their use is commonplace but the definitions have evolved into a myriad different strands. But I found this useful […]
Although by spaceship I actually mean student union Bar! Confused? I was at first. I’d heard reference to Keble’s Spaceship but couldn’t quite picture how it would look. Until I saw it. And then? Well, it’s kinda obvious isn’t it? I often wonder how many radical ideas for buildings there are out there? Then I realise I may as well ask… How long is a piece of string? So, do you have any suggestions for future projects? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Artists need to create art! It’s a no brainer really, but sometimes, in order to move forward, the creation part of art takes a back seat. With everything that’s been happening this past fortnight I’ve had little time (or space) to create new work… I find my life goes like that. I have periods where I’ve time to create and others where I need to frame, deliver, install and meet people and the creating gets squeezed out. So, what’s my excuse this time? I’ve moved into my new studio – a few practical issues (windows haven’t been fitted yet) mean I can’t work there until next week but it’s all looking good. And I’ve been installing the exhibition at Westbury Arts Centre! It’s looking fantastic, if I do say so myself. I love the contrast between my work and Sally Brooks Ceramic shacks sculptures. I’m also doing a workshop. But are they really excuses when they’re all part of the process to getting my work seen? I have weeks when all I do is paint. And to prove it, in time honoured Blue Peter fashion… Here’s one I prepared earlier! Keble College’s Student union bar… AKA Spaceship! And it’s not […]
After a hectic week where I seem to have had no time to paint, I’ve finished! I can now reveal the first Wolfson College Painting. This view is a composite of 3 photographs. I had to take some creative license as I couldn’t get the view I wanted without tweaking. Hopefully you can’t spot the joins and I’m not going to spoil it by telling you where I had to fiddle. I think I might have got away with it? *knowing look* The transparent tree is intentional BTW! The first 2 in the series are now available as prints from VA Prints and I’ll be taking this one over to be scanned tomorrow so it should be available by early next week. Now onto Wolfson picture number 2!