Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Public Catalogue Foundation


I have just received my copy of the 'Derbyshire' Catalogue produced by The Public Catalogue Foundation. This is a series of books that catalogue 'oil painting in public ownership' county-by-county. Both my paintings owned by Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award collection feature in this book alongside the other recipients of the Award.

'The Public Catalogue Foundation was set up to photograph and record all oil, acrylic and tempera paintings in publicly owned collections in the UK. This includes works in museums (both on display and in store) as well as paintings in council buildings, universities, hospitals, police stations and fire stations. It is estimated that there are some 200,000 such paintings in the UK. However, at any one time some 80% of these are hidden from public view, being either in storerooms or public buildings in official use.

The aim of The Foundation is to improve public access to these paintings by producing a series of affordable colour catalogues on a county-by-county basis.'

I'm pleased to be included besides a few more pennies for my DACS royalties!

Fellow artists if you don't know about the DACS payback scheme please click here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

When surprising things happen...


Between the lines (swimming pool)

I am fascinated and surprised about how things happen sometimes. Last week I was contacted by the journalist and writer Fran Abrams. Fran had seen a text written about my work on the Vegas gallery website written by Ken Pratt for the Sugar and Spice exhibition in 2007 (read the text here). The text was predominantly about a series of work called 'Little girls in pretty boxes', and touched on another series called 'Between the lines'.

Fran is writing a book on the history of childhood in the 20th Century (due for publication next year by Atlantic Books), and after reading this text and seeing my work she asked if she could come and interview me. So she did. Fran asked me about my own childhood including what opportunities there were for children in the 70's and 80's: intrigued as to whether my artwork was partly sparked by thoughts and activities from my childhood, or whether the work was an attempt to capture the essence of an era which has passed.

It was a really pleasurable afternoon and will wait and see if anything I said makes it into the final edit!


Between the lines (ponies)


Between the lines


Little girls in pretty boxes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”

Nietzsche

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Drawing and projection


Nowhere places (The Clearing)


Compressed charcoal on paper - 100cm x 100cm


Pencil on paper - 20cm x 20cm

Recently I have been concentrating on drawing and sketching to inform a new body of work. Whilst also carrying out small experiments with painting and drawing materials.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Out of Bounds



Graphite on paper

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Louise Bourgeois (1911 - 2010)

"Once I was beset by anxiety but I pushed the fear away by studying the sky, determining when the moon would come out and where the sun would appear in the morning."

"Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said."
Louise Bourgeois

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8714974.stm

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