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I was introduced to Rosemary and Co brushes by my friend Mike Gaskell and I’ve been using them a lot over the past few months while I’ve been working on a commission for the NPG and I think they’re great brushes. I’ve looked for a dependable brush for years, I find one and then the quality changes after a few years and then onto the next but I’m really impressed with these so far. they keep their point and last a long time, can’t ask for more. They’re hand made in Yorkshire and are a great price for the quality too. They’re not sponsoring me or anything, I just think they are good.

February 10th, 2013


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February 10th, 2013

Tony Benn Interview

I was invited to the House of Commons a while ago to do an interview with Tony Benn which took place last week. It has been 15 years now since I completed the portrait of him and they wanted to do an interview with us discussing the portrait for documentation. It was lovely to see Tony again, the last time I saw him was on one of his tours about 10 years ago in Telford but we’ve kept in touch over the years with Christmas cards and telephone conversations. His son Hilary Benn was asking the questions. It’s amazing how much momentum portraits of people in the public eye gather over the years, I’d still say that this portrait is one of the pictures that I’m most asked about, they tend to take on a life of their own afterwards. I hadn’t seen the picture for a while and it’s strange how you forget the scale of some of these paintings, it was much bigger than I had remembered, even within the scale of Portcullis House. This was the first of these interviews so I guess they’ll see how it goes but I’ll put a link to it once it’s published.

February 10th, 2013

TV Show

Just before I went to Eric Sykes’ memorial I had a screen test for an art TV show on Sky which was an interesting experience. It’s all in the balance at the moment and you know “us actors” don’t like to jinx anything, I’ve probably said too much already.

February 10th, 2013


Here’s new drawing or Ray, who kindly posed for me with his full body tattoo. It’s a drawing and will be in the Winter Show at Plus One gallery next week.

February 10th, 2013

Metro Gallery – Melbourne

6 Realist artists, including myself ,were invited to participate in an exhibition called  “British Realism Now ” by the Metro Gallery in Melbourne. It opens next week until 24th December 2012 and we’re delighted to be flying the flag for British Realism, a big underground movement in British art  but not seen in Australia before.

December 2nd, 2012


The BBc have developed a new website which is building up comprehensive lists of all art which is in the nation’s public collections. They’ve done a page on me if anybody wants to see any of my work in public places. There’s actually a lot more that I can add. If I can get my head around the site I’ll add the rest. My link is at the top

December 2nd, 2012


December 2nd, 2012

2 new pictures



Sorry it has been a while since I last logged on, it’s been a busy year. Here are 2 new pictures which I’ve done for a show in Austrailia in December, more info to follow.
The portrait of Andy Hamilton, the late saxaphone player from Birmingham is painted in acrylic on board and is 82cm x 53cm. I liked the way the top of his saxaphone contoured around like he was a snake charmner and this instrument was a snake.

The second image is quite an intense self portrait with chiaro scuro lighting. It’s a drawing in charcoal and is 84cm x 67cm. I think sometimes the use of black space adds to the stmosphere. I love the idea of doing self portraits, in the spirit of Rembrandt, I try to do at least one a year.

December 2nd, 2012


I saw on the local TV news a few weeks ago that the Birmingham based Jazz legend Andy Hamilton died which I was very sad to hear. I think he was about 94 tears old. I’ll never forget the entrance that he mad when I went to his house for the first sitting with him, gliding down his stair lift with a sharp, pin striped suit and trilby, holding his sax and looking every part the legend that he was. More pictures of Andy to come…

June 17th, 2012

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