Friday, November 25, 2011


Yesterday I needed to pick up an undelivered parcel from the Post Office. At first I couldn't think what it could be... however, I was so excited when I realised that it was my Manifest INPA1 catalogue from the States. I took the parcel back to the studio to open it in anticipation. I was so thrilled with the outstanding quality of this book. It has actually exceeded my expectations and is also much larger that I thought too. The photos here are taken on my mobile phone - so do not do it justice. The standard of work included is very high and I feel privileged to have been selected for this prize.

"... the INPA 1 Manifest received over 1200 submissions from 430 artists in 46 states and 26 countries. The publication includes 129 works by 79 artists from 30 states and the countries of Canada, China, England, and Germany. Essays by Patrick Adams, Charles Caldemeyer, and Blair Vaugh-Gruler are also included, along with an introduction by Manifest's Assistant Director, Tim Parsley.

Ten professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, criticism, and art history juried the first International Painting Annual. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score are included in this publication."

Friday, November 18, 2011

entre chien et loup (between dog and wolf)

I have been really busy recently helping coordinate the Art Space Portsmouth International Residency - and tomorrow we are celebrating the end of the third successful residency with Dominique Ghesquiere's exhibition 'entre chien et loup'. The work is on show across three venues: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, aspex, and Art Space Portsmouth (GASP). All welcome - details below. I will be back in my studio soon.

Preview times – Saturday 19th November 2011:
2pm to 2.45pm - The Mast Pond, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ
3pm to 4.45pm - Aspex, The Vulcan Building Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF
Includes an artist's talk by Dominique Ghesquière
5pm to 7pm - Art Space Portsmouth (GASP), 27 Brougham Road, Southsea PO5 4PA
Please note: A minibus service will be available on the day for those who require transportation between venues.

Exhibition continues:
Art Space Portsmouth (GASP), 27 Brougham Road, Southsea, Hants. PO5 4PA
Sunday 20th November to Wednesday 23rd November, 12 noon to 4pm

Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF
Saturday 19th November to Sunday 11th December 2011, 11am to 4pm daily

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard*, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
Saturday 19th November to Sunday 11th December 2011, 10am to 5.00pm daily

*Please note there will be an admission fee to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 25th, 26th and 27th November during their Christmas Festival.

The Mast Pond is located on the right hand side after entering the Historic Dockyard.


The residency is generously funded by Arts Council England and Art Space Portsmouth and run in partnership with Aspex and the University of Portsmouth. Art Space Portsmouth would like to thank the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust for their additional support to realise part of this final project.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Painting, painting and more painting....

Richter, Sasnal and Mottisfont...

Mottisfont House
Last week I finally made a long-overdue trip to London. I was in my element, spending over three hours scrutinising the Gerhard Richter exhibition Panorama at Tate Modern and then the Wilhelm Sasnal show at Whitechapel. I now feel suitably inspired (and may have to visit the Richter show again). Work in my own studio is slow at the moment, partly due to the Art Space Portsmouth International Residency project. However, I am very pleased to be working with Dominique Ghesquiere on this exciting project that will culminate with an exhibition across three venues in the city, starting on Saturday 19th Novmeber. I will post more about this event soon.

And finally, I managed to visit Mottisfont House where a couple of my paintings were on show as part of the Mottisfont Open 2011. I was unable to attend the preview, so was happy to see the show in their newly refurbished gallery before the exhibition closed on Sunday.

Mottisfont House & Gardens, Nr Romsey


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