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I Love my dog…

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Anne and myself went away for a break to Cornwall a few weeks ago and I took my sketchbook with me with no real intentions to do anything. I’ve been scrutinising and  looking at peoples faces almost daily for more than 15 years now and I got to thinking that over that period of time there must be some kind of visual record in my head that I can tap.  So, just as an experiment  I thought I’d try and see what kind of a head I could draw straight out of my head with nothing in front of me and this image grew over a period of hours almost entirely spontaneously I guess, though I was making narrative judgements along the way to give the head a context.

It looks a bit too much like caricature for me in retrospect which is not an avenue I really want to explore in any depth but it was a great little exercise for me to do, just to see what materialised. I put the typography on when I got back home using my printer. The title refers to a song that my wife introduced me to by Cat Stevens – ( currently Mr Yusuf Islam) and I just liked the idea of him being a Ramones fan.

April 20th, 2008

Leukaemia charity art auction in Birmingham

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I made this drawing very recently for a charity art auction in aid of Leukemia research at the Queen Elizabeths Hospital in Birmingham. It is a drawing of a Voodoo Doll that I brought in New Orleans who now sits on my shelf in the studio. I haven’t been cooking up  a voodoo hex on anybody, it’s just a lovely piece of magical iconography which to me is extremely aesthetically pleasing.

The main auction is on 20th May at  St Paul’s gallery in Birmingham and there will be a few days prior to this where you can take a look at the full body of work which will be auctioned.

 Dig deep and bid hard.

For more information about the event please take a look at the following website.

http://www.claa2008.com/

 

April 20th, 2008

TRIPTYCH DRAWING OF RONALD (44″ x 23″)

I made these drawings while I was working on the large portrait painting of Ronald last year. They weren’t really preliminary drawings, more getting to know his face. It was a wonderful commission to work on and I was very pleased with the images from the original sitting and wanted to develop them a little further. While the painting is lit with natural light coming streaming in from the large window I used very strong, directional light for this series which created very dramatic chiaroscuro style shadows which I love.

The triptych drawing is currently on display in The Wales Portrait Award which is touring around Wales for the next 2 years. It is yet another carbon copy of the BP Portrait Award promoting figurative painting and there are some strong pieces in it including former BP Award winner Peter Edwards with his portrait of Ryan Giggs.

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March 6th, 2008

Bandanna

best-bandana-33-e-mail.jpgThis is a recent painting of a biker that I met called Bandana. I’m always interested in people who live their own alternative lifestyle, on the fringes of society, outside of the mainstream. They are almost always interesting both visually and in conversation and Bandana was no exception.

He is the member of The Kavern motorcycle club which is based in a pub in Walsall, just down the road from me. They are not actually Hells Angels but are affiliated to them. I’ve walked and driven past many times and they are usually outside drinking, talking and smoking and I’ve often thought that they would make great sitters so the one night I went over and got chatting to some of the club members and some of them agreed to sit for me. ( click on the image to enlarge)
Due to commitments with portrait commissions this is probably the only new painting which will be available for sale that I will do for the next 12-18 months. For further enquires please contact David Powell at philipsartgallery@btinternet.com or telephone 0161 282 0318 / 07968 047224

Bandanna will be on display at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at The Mall Gallery from 24th April -11th May.

February 11th, 2008

EXHIBITION SPACE

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with The New Art Gallery, Walsall, it is one of the  brand new, grand, state of the art -art gallery projects which were built at the turn of the 21st century. It has won many design awards and has lots of beautiful spaces large and small which I believe were designed to give the feel of a house. It’s a huge gallery with the wonderful Garman Ryan collection. Anne and myself had our wedding there back in 2004. I’m so pleased with the lighting in my space. It’s within the Garman Ryan collection which has very low lighting for conservation purposes and my space has very high /bright lighting which contrasts well with the Garman Ryan collection and defines it as a seperate exhibition which is still very closely linked with the collection through Kitty Godley. Here are a few snaps that I took of the exhibition  but these only feature a small amount of the work  which is actually on show.

A taster.

June 4th, 2007

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