Archive for September 6th, 2009

Ronald Triptych wins “Peoples Choice” in Wales Portrait Award 2


 It sems like an eternity ago now but around 18 months ago I enterd my portrait of “Ronald” into the Wales Portrait Award 2, which is basically a carbon copy of the BP Portrait Awards in London. It’s a great exhibition and very professionally done with an excellent catalogue and prizes , again, similar to the BP. It basically stipulates that all of the artists haveto be Welsh or working in Wales or of a Welsh sitter – ( where my portrait qualified).

 As in all of these competitions the visitors choices are inevitably different to the judges selections. All visitors are invited to write down their favourite portrait during the 18 month tour  and luckily for me Ronald came top which I was delighted about , so thanks to all that voted , I’m just pleased that Ronald made such an impression / connection with people.

Here’s a picture of me with an oversized “lottey” style cheque which I took to the bank but couldn’t get under the counter. Just to the left hand side of th image is Peter Edwards’ portrait of Ryan Giggs , but unfortunately you can only just see his shoulders, sorry Peter.

 The exhibition is at it’s 6th and final venue Rhyl Museum and Arts Centre until 19th September. I hadn’t been to Rhyl for years. My Grandad used to have a caravan there in the 1970’s and we used to go on family holidays up the A5 so the visit brough back  a lot of memories too.

September 6th, 2009

“ISAO AT AKETA’S JAZZ CLUB” – acrylic on canvas – 30″ x 20″


  Here is my latest , another portrait of Isao Suzuki in Tokyo, (see previous posts). This time in profile with a compositional bias towards the right hand side. It was an incredibly dingy jazz club, just a small black room with posters pealing off the wall and junk pilled up on the bar with about 20 seats positioned infront of the stage. I wanted to get a bit more of the atmosphere of the space so I included the back wall of the stairs.

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September 6th, 2009


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