Monday, December 10, 2012

The Xmas BOGOF at WW Gallery, 19 - 22nd December

I'm really pleased to be one of the participating artists in The Xmas BOGOF at WW Gallery:

WW Gallery is pleased to present the Xmas BOGOF, a buy-one-get-one-free fundraising art sale. For 4 days only (19th – 22nd Dec 2012), WW Gallery will hold a unique sale of art works by 100 emerging and established contemporary artists.

The Xmas BOGOF features an eclectic range of works donated by artists on the contemporary art scene. The participating artists include established figures from major collections such as Deutsche Bank, Saatchi Gallery and the V&A, as well as those who have won or been selected for prestigious awards such as the Jerwood, Threadneedle, John Moores, and Marmite

The principle is very simple; all works of art are £100 and they are all buy-one-get-one-free. The sale will begin with a special private view on Wednesday 19th December at 6pm and will close at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December.

The BOGOF is a fundraising event in aid of developing WW Projects’ non-profit initiatives. It is an opportunity to invest in the on-going work of WW as well as all of the artists involved and a chance to start an art collection or build upon an existing one.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012


"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching" Gandhi.

Over time I have met some very controlling and manipulative people, but thankfully have met many more respectful, decent, kind people which is a comfort.

Being exposed to someone controlling and manipulative can be so soul-destroying... this can be akin to bullying and intense preaching. I consider myself as a very open-minded person, and very tolerant. I can fully understand that everyone's dreams and aspirations are different ... life would be pretty impossible if this were not the case don't you think?

I am currently sat in a beautiful bay window in Oxford with a coffee and my laptop. In the last week I have visited three cities and caught up with great friends. You may think 'bully for you" and quite rightly so! This is not unusual or unique... this is life... and for this I am truly grateful. I am grateful for all I have and all I do not have (the the broadest sense). If I do not fit into your ideals, dreams or plans... well frankly my dear, tough luck! :-) Rant over and out!

Ideas are flowing and studio work is going well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

What a result...

So pleased about the men's team gymnastics final - well done Team GB. I really never thought I'd see this in my lifetime :-)

From the archive 'Superhero' - sorry I do not have any male gymnasts in my répertoire...

Superhero - acrylic and oil on canvas

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paintings are very imaginative...

Paintings are very imaginative,
Acrylic on canvas, 2004

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From the archive...

Marlene, Oil on canvas - 2006

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

200cm x 260cm...

I am still working on my large diptych (200cm x 260cm)...
this will take a long time ;-)

Friday, June 22, 2012


I had a productive afternoon in the studio. The sunshine was coming in through the skylight which created wonderful light and warmth. I felt lovely and cocooned whilst outside the strong (and rather chilly) wind was whirling and gusting ... the roof creaked and rattled above me; quite apt as I painted stormy skies.

I feel so fortunate to have this studio - the best one yes - I LOVE it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I'm still in good spirits from a recent trip to London where I managed to fit in many galleries. Once again I was impressed by the two exhibitions at Flowers, Edward Burtynsky and Julie Cockburn. I was particularly taken by Julie Cockburn's work.

I also managed to see the Damien Hirst at Tate Modern. Although I have seen a lot of his work in the past, I was pleased that I had the opportunity to see this exhibition. Although a little stomach churning in places (I don't envy the person who has to clean the congealed blood off the floor from the cow's head ;-) However, I am extremely squeamish. I'm also sure the shark has shrunk - probably just my imagination.

More soon...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May studio...

The Studio was tidied for Open Studios. Here are a few shots of the studio before I pack most of the artwork away and make it all messy again!

Monday, May 28, 2012

What's next?

Open Studios 2012
Over the last month or so a fair chunk of my Studio Coordinator's time for Art Space Portsmouth has involved preparing for our annual Open Studios event. Lots of our members and friends also put in many many volunteering hours to help make this event a success.

The Open Studios event took place this past weekend, and in the glorious sunshine (and the first hot weekend of the year) we still managed to attract over 300 visitors. This is on a par with our fantastic figures from last year.

People came from far and wide (one from as far as Australia!) as well as from down the road to enjoy meeting the artists, chatting about the artwork and enjoying refreshments in the ASP urban garden. I found it to be a really enjoyable event, and had some interesting feedback and discussions about my work.

So what's next?

As far as the studio is concerned I will be packing most of the finished work away once again. I am concentrating on a new body of work for exhibition. I am currently in the process of writing a proposal for a potential solo show and also in discussion with another artist for a potential two-person show.

I need to immediately sort out a canopy for my studio - as it is hot hot hot this time of year as the sun streams straight through the skylights. I have only had this studio since September - and it has only been the last four days or so that the reality of this problem has arisen. Although with the great British summer - I may not have to worry for too long!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's that time of year again...

Art Space Portsmouth Open Studios Weekend 2012

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, 1.30pm - 4.30pm daily

At the moment (in my office job) I am working on the preparation for the Art Space Portsmouth Open Studios weekend. There's a lot to do... however, hopefully the rewards will be very worthwhile. Last year we had a record number of visitors and we hope to build on the success of last year's event. So, if you fancy visiting us during the weekend please see all the information below... and yes I will be in my studio this year... STUDIO 11. I hope to see you there!

On the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2012, over 40 members of one of the UKs most respected and longest established artist studio groups will open their doors to the public for the annual ‘Open Studios Weekend’.

Art Space has managed studios for artists at the converted chapel on Brougham Road in Portsmouth for over 30 years. Each year we open the building to the public who are invited to meet the artists to see and hear about their work and buy directly from them.  

Visitors will be invited into over thirty permanent artists’ studios and workshops and to view artworks on display in GASP (Gallery Art Space Portsmouth) exhibition space and around the building.

Art Space Portsmouth Ltd
27 Brougham Road
Southsea, Portsmouth
Hampshire PO5 4PA

Tel: 023 9287 4523

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Late night in the studio...

After a late night in the studio followed by lovely fish & chips I feel rather contented. I must admit it may not be the most exciting way to spend a Saturday night... but it's not all bad! I started a large painting today, 200cm x 260cm (a diptych so I can move it around the studio) ... just a slight change of scale! It may take sometime to complete.

Very recently I visited London to see the Jeremy Deller and David Shrigley exhibitions at the Haywood Gallery followed by Phil Illingworth's exhibition 'Frightening Albert' at the new WW Gallery. All are well worth a visit and highly recommended by me! If I had more energy I would elaborate... but now I must go and relax, my sofa and some trashy catch-up telly beckons. I will leave you to explore the links above.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The studio today...

Click to enlarge:

Road 8, 9, 10 & 11 (Going Home)
30cm x 40cm Oil on panel, 2012

Oh! England, my Lionheart

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I am very pleased to have received my new business cards from today. Beautifully packaged too. I would normally go for litho printing every time - but this time thought I would try digital so that I could have a few different designs...

This was the second batch of cards as there was a technical problem with the first. However, I must say moo's customer service has been excellent and they helped me to sort this out and print the cards again... free of charge. I am now delighted with them.

Here's another little peek into the studio... some work in progress...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

This past week...

This past week at Art Space I have been working on the ASP International Residency programme. Tracy Hanna, from Ireland, is in residence at the studios until the end of March. To celebrate the end of this residency Tracy will be showing some of her work next Friday and Saturday at GASP, Gallery Art Space Portsmouth...

Preveiw: Friday 23rd March 2012, 6.30 - 8.30pm.
Open day: Saturday 24th March 2012, 12 - 4pm

An underwater adventure? She couldn’t mean it. Surely it’s just research. What happened under there? It must be quite exciting if she calls it an adventure. Maybe only she considers it exciting. That’s alright, I suppose, as long as the expectation isn’t to incite excitement in us. Well said. Perhaps it is something hidden, underneath her words.

Tracy Hanna, from Ireland, is the recipient of the Art Space Portsmouth International Residency 2012. This exhibition is the result of her four-week residency in Portsmouth based at the art studios in Brougham Road. For this event the artist is presenting us with a set of propositions. These are working hypotheses that relate to investigations she has carried out while in Portsmouth. The works will be mapped out in the gallery space to illuminate different ideas and objects that she has encountered during these investigations. These works mostly deal with different instances of Underwatereality.
At GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, 27 Brougham Road, Souths, Hants. PO5 4PA
You can view Tracy's residency blog here.
You can find our more about Tracy and the project here.
This Wednesday I was able to make another trip to London with an artist friend. We were intending to see the David Hockney at the RA, however, on arrival the queue was WAY too long. A change of plan was hatched very quickly... and we went exploring to see many of the commercial galleries in the area. We covered a lot of ground... and saw a lot. So much so that we didn't make it back to the RA. A couple of the highlights for me was seeing new work by Michael Raedecker 'Volume' at Hauser & Wirth. Stunning work in a stunning space. I have not seen Raedecker's work for some years and really relished in looking at these large paintings. I was also really impressed with Vicken Parsons show at Alan Cristea Gallery. A series of small paintings - demonstrating how powerful small paintings can be - equally standing up to the monumental.
And finally...
Last night I managed to get painting in my studio... I haven't painted for a few weeks and was itching to do so. I made a start on four small pieces. I am excited about this. I'm now off to the studio for the day...

Monday, March 12, 2012


Yay! My newly updated painting to the Axis website has temporarily made the front page. Every little helps!

You can see my Axis profile here: Natalie Dowse

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The calm before the storm...

Oh I do love new clean white painting surfaces....

I just can't help it! I also love the way the light is reflecting off the top edge.
Reminds me that I have always been a fan of Donald Judd.
I have started drawing on them now though.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Olympic stars...

Over the past four years Art Space Portsmouth has been sponsored to install an ongoing programme of exhibitions at 1000 Lakeside, a large business centre in the area. This time I have chosen to exhibit the above paintings Gamine and Ingenue (Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci). Although I made these paintings some years ago - I have never had the opportunity to show them for reasons I cannot explain! They just never had their opportunity - which is a shame for such iconic stars! However, I am now really pleased to see them installed in a new space, to see them afresh. Although they are two separate paintings - I now feel that they must never be separated and perhaps I should insist they are a diptych. They work together - and must remain together - they work conceptually as a pair (and not so much in isolation). So I guess if someone was to purchased one - I would now have to insist that they have both! For me paintings like these, over time, take on their own personality - these two are companions and MUST remain so.

In the past I have made many paintings about Eastern Bloc gymnastics, for example, a painting installation called 'Little girls in pretty boxes'. I am pleased to be able to say that this series has been shown on a few occasions.

Part of the series: Little girls in pretty boxes

"This work, in part, addresses the issue of sport once used as a tool for political propaganda and the abuse of teenage girls in the pursuit of this goal. The images are snatched from video footage of gymnastic events during the golden age of the sport, where impish super-stars won the hearts and minds of their audience.

Captivated by their vulnerability, television audiences became voyeuristic as they unknowingly colluded in the manipulation of these child women. These romanticised images of young ‘super beings’ tap into a fantasy of perfection, capturing an essence of a time, which beyond the imagery has many different facets from the personal and nostalgic to the political. These young athletes remain unchanged, forever young and haunting in our memories. However, behind the façade of rehearsed expressions and conditioned routines is the reality of rigorous hard work, lost childhood and aching bodies.

Olga Korbut ‘flew’ to fame at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich and is arguably still the most iconic gymnast of all time - 40 years later. Forever encapsulated as a smiling 17-year-old woman in a petit ‘elfin-like’ body."

This work was included in a group show in 2007 'Sugar and Spice' at Vegas gallery, curated by Ken Pratt. There is some interesting text here about the artists included in this exhibition.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Parallel lines of enquiry...

I have just spent the weekend in Dorset taking the opportunity to visit Fiona Robinson's exhibition and artist's talk, Parallel Lines of Enquiry at The Allsop Gallery, Bridport Art Centre. This is a really beautifully considered exhibition, and well worth a visit. The exhibition continues until 24th March. You can see more of Fiona's work here:

Copyright Fiona Robinson 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A update from studio 11...

Things are going slowly but surely in studio 11. This week I took a research trip to London to check out various spaces and to see as much as possible whilst there (which is always exhausting). At the same time I was able to visit my friend's charity event to raise funds for juvenile diabetes. Although the exhibition finishes today, you can still support them by buying their limited edition calendar, The Naked Muse. "The exhibition brings together the work of 13 UK women photographers, inspired by 14 women poets, in celebration of the male muse".

I recently went to see, 'Ubiquitous Materials' at the Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, a joint exhibition by fellow Art Space Portsmouth artist and Trustee, Jeannie Driver and artist Christopher Lundie. This fabulous exhibition continues until 8th April 2012. Well worth a visit if you can.

Ubiquitous Materials - Jeannie Driver and Chris Lundie
Image copyright Jeannie Driver

I was really honoured to be asked to design the catalogue for this exhibition, it was lovely to make use of my old skills (a job that I did previously for 10 years to support my art practice), It has given me a new interest in design work, and I would now like to do more! The catalogue will soon be on sale online. I will post details very soon.

Here's another little peek inside the studio:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A peek inside the studio...

Although I have neglected my blog recently, I have been working very hard. Both in my studio and for Art Space. I will blog again soon - but in the meantime here's a little peek inside the studio.


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