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


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