Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wax combs...

Wax combs
My Little Pony
A couple of people have asked me what the bright coloured objects are hanging on my studio wall (see post below). They are in fact enlarged replicas of 'My Little Pony' toy combs. I made them as part of a series of work 11 years ago for an exhibition, 'This town ain't big enough for the both of us'. The combs are made from candle wax, and were scented - however, the scent has now worn off. The combs have been packed away in boxes for years and many damaged over time (they are very fragile). So I threw the broken ones away in my recent studio clear out, saving the ones that had survived. I am now giving them away to any visitor who would like one! They are simply hanging on the studio wall in order to save on space. The combs were originally hung alongside two large paintings, 'My little Whistlejacket' and 'Morning Glory'. Both paintings are based on the work of renowned horse painter George Stubbs and combined with 'My Little Pony' toy figurines.

Please see images of the paintings below from my archive.
Apologies for the quality of the images but they have been scanned from old slides, however, it gives an overview of the installation and scale of the work.

My Little Whistlejacket and Grooming Kit installation shot

Grooming Kit and Morning Glory installation shot 

My Little Whistlejacket - Oil on canvas, 2000

Monday, September 26, 2011

Finished and ready at last...

Finally the studio is finished. It's been really hard work... new stud wall, new storage rack, painting walls and floor, moving and sorting all my work and 'stuff', trip to the dump... however, at last an amazing space to work in... feeling very lucky indeed!

Thankfully I had plenty of help.

Now time to get down to business...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Phase two ...

Four days in and perhaps a light at the end of the tunnel. Now just need to sort this lot out, either by launching it, or finding a space ... moving studios is not to be recommended. However, a chance to get rid of 'stuff' perhaps!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

A hard weekend in the studio...

As previously mentioned ... the time had come to start moving my old artwork and equipment into the new studio. This process starting on Friday afternoon and as predicted the lovely space was slowly taken over. Only half the contents have been moved so far, but with a very good friend, we set about making a new storage rack today. Needless to say we were both aching by the end. However, good progress was made and tomorrow I have to move the rest ... I may have to start seriously culling old artworks, and I'm glad I have started to scale down my work recently. I'm quite pleased with myself, as for the very first time, I managed to cut a full length (8 foot) piece of chipboard with a hand saw ... it took ages!

The beginning - 10am

The end (some paintings rehoused) - 7pm

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New studio...

I have a new studio at Art Space Portsmouth, shared with artist Jeannie Driver. It has the most brilliant natural light as it has very high ceilings and skylights. I've had the studio officially for a week ... I've built a stud wall and painted the walls and floor to freshen it up. Today I decided to bring my latest work to the studio and view it in a different space (away from my make-shift temporary 'white-washed conservatory' studio). Working at home had many benefits and I'm glad that I tried it. It's good to know there's a fairly suitable back-up plan. However, it was a little hot most of the time throughout the summer and a little restricting size-wise. At the moment I have the luxury of a clear space - which unfortunately won't last for long once all my artwork is taken out of storage. I'm going to have to build some serious storage racks next. But in the meantime I will enjoy a week of luxurious space...


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