Saturday, December 13, 2008

A busy night at the opening of 800 feet

Last night was the preview of 800 feet - which was very well attended. I feel it was a real triumph for Art Space Portsmouth. As a group it was such a pleasure to work with such a great space at the University. Great to see a few old faces too!

The calm before the storm!

One of those artist 'creatures' crawling around on the floor:

A few pics of the crowds before my camera batteries ran out!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hanging work for 800 feet at SPACE

Today I've been busy hanging Constellation at SPACE gallery, University of Portsmouth. This is the fourth time I've hung this piece and I'm not getting any quicker! However, I think this is the best space I've exhibited it in so far. This is due to a combination of things - the wall is very high so I can hang the piece at the height I desire and the lighting is the best yet - so I'm really pleased with how it looks. Which comes as a great relief - for some reason I've been worried and having a confidence crisis. I am also hoping to show my Steps to Heaven DVD but this depends on space. The exhibition includes 24 artists from Art Space Portsmouth (see info below). I'll post some images of the whole exhibition next week.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two forthcoming exhibitions

800 feet
An exhibition of art works by 24 artists from Art Space Portsmouth at SPACE, University of Portsmouth

Private View: Friday 12th December 2008 from 5pm to 7pm
Exhibition: 12th December 2008 - 28th January 2009 - weekdays 10am to 4pm
Public talk: 14th January 2009 at 2pm with Jonathan Parsons
SPACE, University of Portsmouth, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth

New Encounters
An exhibition of three new artists to the Tregoning Gallery - Sally Stafford, Pauline Hughes and Natalie Dowse

Private View: Thursday 4th December 2008 from 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition: 5th December 2008 - 19th December 2008 - Weds, Thurs, Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 5.30pm
TREGONING GALLERY, 4 Queens Street, Derby, DE1 3DL

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Work in progress

It has taken me a while to establish a regular routine in my studio. However, over the last few weeks I've been working hard preparing canvases and now finally painting. I'm intending to focus on drawing for a while too and have ordered some beautiful, very large sheets of heritage paper. I have a feeling that this is going to be a long process. I've been inspired to draw again (well I never quite stopped - but!) by several artist friends: every time I visit their studios I'm encouraged by their stunning drawings - Fiona Robinson, Kate Smith, Matthew Parsons and Andrea Stokes (see links to a couple of their blogs - right). Although my work is very different to all these artists - it demonstrates how I'm always inspired by other people's artwork (when it's good!).

I have two exhibitions coming up in December. The first at the Tregoning Gallery in Derby opening 4th December, and the second an Art Space Portsmouth group show at the University of Portsmouth called 800ft opening 12th December. Further details to follow.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The work selected for the Vickers Collection

One of the conditions of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award is that a percentage of the work produced goes into the Vickers Collection. The pieces that were selected were:

One in a Million - 2008 - Oil on canvas 125cm x 125cm


Heavens Above! - 2008 - Oil on canvas 150cm x 100cm

See the new Vickers website here:

See me blog documenting the project here: Sense of Place

Comments from Skimming the Surface

Here are a few selected comments from the "Skimming the Surface" exhibition at Derby Art Gallery:

Fascinating talk and beautiful exhibition - an excellent use of your time in Derby. I especially love the iconic "One in a Million".
FW - Ireland

Most impressive. 'Three's a Crowd' is amusing, disturbing and thought provoking. Should be in the Tate Modern.
Tom, Reading

Don't like the 'lift' works but: Move effective and evocative than Richter (whom I always felt was overrated) or Tuymans. The 'trees', 'Constellation' and 'Million' are very effective. Brilliant work!

Absolutely fantastic! Can relate it all very much to my own practice with photography - displacement, the uncanny, quick glances. RD

Very emotive and atmospheric - deserving of my stock 'art critic' phrases. Makes me feel uncomfortable but warm at the same time, a detached yet involved feeling that allows me to use conflicting description to avoid explaining what I mean but trusting that you as the artist and authority have the insight to understand.
'Fierce', Derby

It's lovely to view live creativity produced by someone I know. I'm very in love with 'Three's a Crowd' - quirky in composition but atmospheric it makes me curious of what has not been included in the canvas.
Gail, Derby

I really liked how you have used oils and brushes in the protraits. CCTV effects also give each portrait a ghostly effect as if the viewer is part of the machine that watches over us. I can relate similarities between the spoken word poem I wrote and performed and your paintings. I think there is a detached feeling for the viewer. In the portraits the machine has no feeling towards that which it sees, there is no colouring of emotion or memory. I think your paintings are very good as you have captured all I have mentioned above and more. Now, how do the paintings make me feel? I don't have enough pages in the book to put it down. JC

Painting which 'imitates' photography and film is futile and pointless (why not just look at the original forms). Also, isolating a 'moment' from a sequence is again rather pointless and contradictory, and inevitably 'second best' to the actual movement itself. However, interesting images and technically competent.
AN, Stafford

I loved the detail of the 'Heights of Abraham' and 'Heavens Above!'. 'Work in Progress' was understated and challenging. I loved the first three canvasses in 'Market Hall Corner'. They caught my imagination more than the last two.
PS, Belper, Derbyshire

Saturday, October 25, 2008

First painting sold at Tregoning Gallery

I'm in a celebratory mood - I have sold my first painting "I can see you" at my new gallery - Tregoning Gallery in Derby. I'm positive she's gone to a good home!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Skimming the Surface at Buxton Dome

Market Hall Corner:


The Image Duplicator at gASP

The Image Duplicator at gallery Art Space Portsmouth is an exhibition by Cathy Lomax and Mike Bartlett who both worked in isolation to produce these collaborative twin portraits.

"The Image Duplicator features a series of paintings of different sets of identical twins sourced from a wide range of places. Each of the collaborating artists has painted one of the twins on identically sized supports. The two halves of the partnership are only reunited when the paintings are exhibited."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Matthew Parson's exhibition at gASP

It was the PV of Matthew Parson's exhibition 'Control' last night at gASP, Art Space Portsmouth. Matthew was the recipient of this year's sponsored studio. This annual award offers an artist living in Portsmouth and the surrounding area a sponsored studio space for a period of 6 months. The residency offers all the benefits of Art Space Portsmouth membership and an exhibition at gASP, as well as working in a lively studio environment with diverse and experienced artists, alongside the opportunity for mentoring and networking.

Bad Interview - Balsa wood - 2008:

Crash - Balsa wood - 2008:

Achieve - pencil on paper - 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Buxton Dome Exhibition

A selection of my Vickers collection will be exhibited at the University of Derby's Buxton Dome from Wednesday 1st October until Sunday 19th October 2008.

Wirksworth Festival Workshops

Last week I was back at the Parish Rooms in Wirksworth to deliver two days of workshops for school children aged 6-15. I worked once again with the students from Anthony Gell school who participated in the Vickers workshops last summer. Their work was also exhibited at the Parish Rooms throughout the festival.

Anthony Gell students:

Large drawings made with charcoal fixed to the end of very long sticks!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Random Drawing

Nadia (pencil, acrylic & varnish on MDF):

Forget Me & Hidden Battles, Fort Brockhurst

I enjoy experiencing and seeing art displayed in alternative venues. The cold damp eery setting of Fort Brockhurst can send a shiver down your spine! The Fort was open free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Days.

Beach Babe (pencil on paper):

Forget Me - curated by Gristle Mountain (see post below for further information):

Hidden Battles: A residency at Fort Brockhurst lead by artist Caroline Cardus as part of the Go Make commissioning programme.

Caroline Cardus is a visual artist who uses her own experiences of disability to produce work that investigates the practical, emotional and human rights issues with regard to disability experience. During this residency Caroline worked with local people to explore the everyday battles and barriers that disabled people face and the impact this has on the individual. Fort Brockhurst offered a dynamic and innovative setting to examine the issues of exclusion, defenece and barriers.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Back in my studio & Forget Me!

Today was my fist day back in my old studio in Portsmouth. So here I have another tidy studio to mess up! I completed a drawing today for an exhibition this weekend. The exhibition is called FORGET ME, curated by Gristle Mountain, a group exhibition of drawings made by artists from across the South East.

Jane Archer, Mike Bartlett, Vanessa Bird, Arturo Casciaro, Rachel Cattle, Nina Clough, Matthew Corbin Bishop, Annabel Dover, Natalie Dowse, Kier Eyles, Patrick Galway, Alan Glasspool, Rebecca Gould, John Green, Paul Harber, Lora Hemy, Ruth Heppenstall, Nicole Ingham, Sanam Khatibi, Liz Kent, Noemi Lakmaier, Cathy Lomax, Kate Marshall, Alex Michon, Matthew Parsons, Cassandra Petchey, Rachel Potts, Harry Pye, Iain Rayner, Fran Richardson, Emma Seymour, Keara Stewart, Margaret Sturton, Annabel Tilley, Jo Tindal, Sam Treadaway, and James Unsworth.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm on 13th-14th September 2008
Fort Brockhurst, Gunners Way, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 4DS

For further information click here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Parish Rooms, Wirksworth

This year I was invited to exhibit a selection of work produced during the Vickers Award residency at the Wirksworth Festival. The exhibition formed part of the arts and architecture trail and continues until Sunday 21st September.

My work was shown alongside Maggie Cullen's delicate and intimate sculptures and Mike Shaw's stunning inflatables.

See more about Wirksworth Festival and the Vickers Award project at

Friday, August 15, 2008

Art Event at Portsmouth Cathedral

I'm keeping myself busy down in Portsmouth before travelling back to Derby to take down my show and reinstall it at the Wirksworth Festival. Last night I went to the opening of Seran Kubisa's exhibition, 'Treasure Isalnd: A Forensic Investigation of a City' at Portsmouth Cathedral. Follow this link to find out more about Seran's project:


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