FACE VALUE – A REFLECTION ON CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITURE

 

 

 

 

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I’m showing some work in a new exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery , London. It ‘s a survey of contemporary portraiture and has been curated by Kathleen Soriano, formerly head of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the National Portrait Gallery.

It runs from 16th June to the 14th October 2016

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(Please click on the link above for more information)

June 8th, 2016

NEW WORK

I started a new series of paintings and drawings back in January for future shows in the UK and Belgium in mid and late 2018. I can’t post many of the pictures because obviously there has to be an element of “reveal” at the exhibitions but I thought I would post this first painting.
It’s a portrait of a great guy called Max who didn’t know me from Adam when we first met but was open minded and trusting enough to pose for a series of nude and clothed studies so thanks for embracing the project Max, you were brilliant. I wanted to jump up a gear in scale because it’s a large museum show so it’s a big painting at 6′ x 5′ and I found the shift in scale very enjoyable. I made this painting in monochrome because I wanted to keep it simple, raw and broken down to the bare essentials. I wanted to represent the intensity and physical presence of Max with no distractions in the composition. Here are some photographs charting the progress.DSC03213-original-b2 DSC03107-head-e-mail DSC03104-e-mail DSC_0716 DSC03048-bb-e-mail

April 24th, 2016

NEW SOLO EXHIBITION – The New Art Gallery, Walsall and Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels

I will be having a new solo exhibition scheduled for mid 2018. It will initially be staged at The New Art Gallery, Walsall for approximately 3 months and then it will tour to The Roberto Polo Gallery in Brussels.

It seems like quite a long way off but they are both huge spaces so I’ll be working flat out from later this year until the opening…and I can’t wait.

There will be a mixture of old work and new but predominantly it will be new work. It will  be a collection of figurative paintings and drawings and will all be based around portraiture, though all the sitters will be my own choice. I’ve been thinking about the project for over 9 months, largely while I’ve been walking my dog, washing up, in the shower, in the studio, wherever an idea strikes and I’ve been keeping very detailed notes in sketchbooks. I’m currently approaching people to sit for me and I’ve already have a few sittings which have gone extremely well.

Back to the drawing board…

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August 9th, 2015

AMERICAN TV

Currently enjoying some American TV shows.  Our current favourites are  “Louis” featuring Louis C.K which is brilliant and “Parks and Recreation” with the excellent Ron Swanson.

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April 8th, 2015

NODDY AND ANDY…..TOGETHER AT LAST.

I had a sitting with Noddy Holder last Friday which was fantastic. Some of you know I’m a huge music fan and it was great to chat about the music from that period during the sitting and he was totally down to earth as you would expect.

April 8th, 2015

FILMS AND INTERVIEWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsB7uDTpU2s&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb&index=1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emd-0Pqs398&index=2&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M9Y-iHrZ_Y&index=3&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YagAbibeNao&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb&index=4

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXcoYZ_MzUw

 

https://vimeo.com/70978945

 

April 8th, 2015

NEW GALLERY- ROBERTO POLO

I’m showing with a new gallery , The Roberto Polo Gallery in Brussels. I’ll be having a show there in a few years time, no fixed date yet,  lots of new work and this show will also tour to a public gallery in the UK. It’s in the beautiful Old Quarter of Brussels near The Grand Place. Here’s a shot of the current show there by the acclaimed artist Jan Vanriet .

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April 8th, 2015

UNVEILING OF LORD CARRINGTON PORTRAIT AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS

The Palace of Westminster contacted me to do a portrait of Lord Carrington which I worked on for quite a sizeable portion of last year. It’s set in his manor house in Buckinghamshire and I liked the atmospheric lighting of the space, it’s proportions and link to his ancestry. It was unveiled in February at the House of Lords and it seemed to go down very well. One Lord came up and complimented me and said his son ran an art gallery in a very matter of fact way, as if it was a small Cornish gallery in Penzance…”Yes, it’s called White Cube, have you heard of it ?” Said Lord Jopling.

I’ve also added a drawing of Lord Carrington which I made before I started the painting.

The Parliamentary Arts Committee also commissioned 4 films to accompany the portrait which explain it in much more detail and these are listed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsB7uDTpU2s&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb&index=1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emd-0Pqs398&index=2&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M9Y-iHrZ_Y&index=3&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YagAbibeNao&list=PLj3mInRJqIel_mECh6JHOTRRdADwPIBFb&index=4

 

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/news/2015/february/andrew-tift-paints-lord-carringtons-portrait-for-the-house-of-lords/

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April 8th, 2015

Director Leaves

A few weeks ago now I went to Sandy Nairne’s leaving event at the National Portrait Gallery. There  was a huge turn out of the great and the good in the art world which is testament to the fact that he’s been  such a great and effective Director at the Gallery. A great night.02 23_285902 23_2860

April 8th, 2015

PORTRAIT OF KEN LIVINGSTONE UNVEILED AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 3/7/14

It was a long time coming  but here it is. We had a lovely unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery roof top restaurant on Thursday morning with magnificent panoramic views over London which seemed quite apt given the sitter. We started having meetings and sittings  in 2011 and 2012, some while he was running for mayor again, and then Anne and I had Scarlett  which slowed things down a little  and I painted it from last January 2013.It took me 11 months to paint and is around three and a half foot square. In fact it took so long to paint that by the end I just became blind to it  and couldn’t see it with fresh eyes so until the unveiling, when I got feedback from lots of people, I never really knew how I felt about it but I’m beginning to feel  comfortable with it now.  Here’s my quote from the press which sums it up for me and below I’ll add a link from The Guardian

” I wanted it to be a relaxed and informal depiction. One of the thinks Ken said to me during the sittings was that he always tried to appear calm during interviews and debates and never lost his cool so I wanted his pose to be calm, as if the viewer was in conversation with him and he was listening. I liked the idea of setting him  in his garden rather than against architectural symbols of London which he is associated with because it was his little patch of London and I think he is very much perceived as a down to earth figure “.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/03/ken-livingstone-london-mayor-painting-national-portrait-gallery

 

 

 

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