Posts filed under 'Exhibitions'
I went to the private view of this years BP Portrait Award last Wednesday with my mother at the National Portrait Gallery and then the following Wednesday Anne and me went to the dinner and ceremony for this years award. Those 12 months have soon passed since I won last year and it brought back many great memories, I know it’s an old cliche but very true. I liked the variety in this years show, I think it was possibly getting to be too photorealist in style and though I paint like that myself I’d still rather see different interpretations. It seems to go in cycles, I remember back in the early 90s there was a lot of Lucian Freud influence and almost no tight realism with the exception on Philip Harris and myself. Then there was a big Euan Euglow influence from ex-Slade students towards the mid to late 90′s and then more of a mixed bag with no particular influencial style and the for the last 3 years or so photorealism has been very strong. It’s healthy for the Award to evolve and change I think so that it never becomes predictable (as the Turner Prize has become where the desire to shock, paradoxically, is no longer shocking) so in 5 years time I would hope to see something completely different again.
I think my favourite this year is Anastasia Pollard’s “Organia” with it’s beautiful muted tones and restraint. I remember her work last year , the portrait of the ageing clown which again was beautifully understated and quiet. It’s a style of painting which is very different to my own which is perhaps why I admire it so much. Other favourites include Anthony Williams who I have long admired for his technical ability and the tension that he creates between his sitters as they are together yet separated. Walsall’s own Edward Sutcliffe’s piece was very recognisable to me as his work and very accomplished and Thomas Leveritt’s selection was had a characteristically simultaneous mix of the traditional and contemporary . I thought that Emsley’s portrait was a good choice of winner, it reminded me of the excellent Scottish painter Ken Currie. Rupert Alexanders portrait was beautifully painted and very atmospheric and it was great to see “Glory” the dog in “Johnny and Glory” by Richard Brazier at the private view
June 25th, 2007
- On Saturday 30th June 2007 at 11:00am I will be dong a talk about my exhibition based aroud Kitty Godley. I will talk about my experience of meeting her, about all of the paintings, drawings and etchings and my thoughts and intentions behind them and I will be having a general discussion with collections curator Jo Digger where she will be asking me questions and I will also answer any questions from the audience.
- On Saturday 21st July 2007 at 2:00pm I will be doing a slide/powerpoint presentation about my work in general from 1991 to present day featuring some 40 images.
June 4th, 2007
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.
June 4th, 2007
After months of work the show finally came around. It was such a great night at the opening, friends, family, artists and collectors and lots of people from the West midlands region and further afield. Thank you all for coming along for the opening and creating an atmosphere…… man alive, it was hot in there though. I was really pleased with the hang, my brother -in law -Mike who works at the gallery, Jeremy and curator Jo Digger and me hung the show on Wednesday and Thursday. There are about 22 pictures in the show all together including paintings, drawings and etchings and a portrait of Kitty by Lucian Freud. This is only the beginning. The show continues at the gallery on Floor 2 of the Garman Ryan collection until Sunday 2nd September 2007 so there’s plenty of time to drop in.
June 4th, 2007
It’ just under a month now until my Walsall show opens. It will be based around Kitty Godley, the subjet of the triptych which won last years BP Portrait Award at the NPG. There will be a selection of paintings drawings and etchings at the show, including the triptych.
I think the invitations will be sent out next week (from 30th April), if anybody out there would like me to send you a invitation to the show let me have your address and we’ll send one along.
I’m still working on the last two images before framing but hopefully all will go to plan.
Back to the drawing board.
April 29th, 2007
I haven’t done any etchings since I was on my foundation course around 18 years ago but I had ben thinking for a long time that it would be something I would love to try again. I got some copper and needles and got to it. I had read up on it quite a lot and had decided that I’d try drypoint first , mainly because there is no acid involved. I have never felt so unsure about what I was doing. even though I was working inpositive ( like pencil on white paper), the etched bit still comes out lighter than the actual copper surface so it actually feels like I’m still working in negative and I really had no idea how it was working tonally and which lines would actually print, were some too light.
I did a talk at Halesowen colege in the Black Country a few weeks ago and noticed some etching presses and asked the question. Luckily Hilary Wells was there , a printmaking graduate from the RCA, who gave m some fantastic tips. The upshot was that after 18 years I was amazed by the results. I’m not saying they are fantastic by any means but they were so exciting and rewarding to print, they came out so much better than I had hoped and I can see nothing but possibilities for the future. It’s so liberating to see images suddenly appear infront of your eyes when I am used to taking months and months for a painting to materialise.
My friend Alexander had been encouraging me for some time to do some etchings and I think he gave me the final push. I had been looking at a catalogue from Sotheby’s for a Rembrandt etching sale that he gave me and just thought “no way” . Anyway it’s been a great step forward for me and a great experience.
Amongst the drawings and paintings at the show at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, I’ll be showing 4 of the etchings that I made and here is a taster.
April 29th, 2007
The final stage of the BP portrait award was exhibited in Bristol for the private view on 24th March 2007 – open to the public until the 20th May 2007. What a splendid venue, a beautiful Victorian gallery. The excellent space shows off the works to their best. The lighting was wonderful, cascading down from huge skylights in this fitting venue. I took my mum down to the opening, and we lunched like kings! The photograph doesn’t do justice to the space but it does give an impression. Another great day! (sorry about the wedding anniversary Anne).
March 26th, 2007
I’m working on the images for the “Kitty” show in May at The New Art Gallery, Walsall. I’ve started with a series of drawings in graphite, charcoal and carbon, around A2 size initially. I love working in B/W and tone, it’s so fundamental . Charcoal is such a crude medium but at ther same time it is very subtle. I’m looking forward to doing some larger scale drawings over the coming months, they’re very liberating because they are so immediate in comparison to paint. I’m also doing a series of paintings and some etchings too but the overall flavour of the show is going to be B/W with colour paintings. Watch this space…
January 29th, 2007
The BP Portrait Award has now finished in London at the National Portrait Gallery and it travels to Aberdeen Art Gallery. This show opens on Friday 25th November and continues through to the 3rd February 2007. It then moves on to The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol from 31st March where it closes on 20th May 2007.
November 5th, 2006
The Andreeva Gallery in Santa Fe are staging an exhibition of my recent portraits and a few American landscapes. The Exhibition opens on Friday 1st December and goes on until 16th December 2006. The Magazine “American Art Collector” are also doing a large article in their December edition to coincide with the exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition please contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
November 5th, 2006