Saturday, November 12, 2016

Latest news...

I can't believe it's been over a year since I've updated this blog with any news or updates. Time does fly and my blog has been well and truly neglected.

I have been steadily making work in the studio and have been involved in a number of exhibitions and projects this year: Sixty at Lubomirov Angus-Hughes and then at Art-Athina, Athens, the Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition at Quay Arts, IOW, Wells Art Contemporary, Art on a Postcard Secret Auction and 30 x 30 x 34, the 2016 Contemporary British Painting Annual Group Show, London. Please see the new six blog entries below outlining these projects in further detail.

This week I have been to see the British Art Show 8 in Southampton. The main event is spread over 3 venues, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Bargate Monument. I really enjoyed much of the show, although I didn't have enough time to view all of the film and video pieces!!!! However, for me the most outstanding work was by Ryan Gander, in particular, 'The way things collide, draughtsman's paper weight, meet ice cream tub' beautifully carved from Lime wood. I think this work is outstanding. As a close second I loved the paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and the wonderfully eery, thought provoking video piece by Rachel Maclean (although I didn't have time to view the full hour - so must go back).

The British Art Show 8 has many connected events alongside many fringe art events too. If you are in Southampton I also highly recommend extra{ordinary} - Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery at Solent Showcase, and their Southampton Pride of Place Project at 108 East Street, Southampton. extra{ordinary} is a national touring exhibition of over one hundred colour photos made over the past fifteens years, that shows the extraordinary in the everyday - this is a fantastic collection, with astute observations about our everyday surroundings with with a fine sense of humour too - I guarantee you will at the very least smile. The Southampton Pride of Place Project is a offsite participatory project where the general public can help The Caravan Gallery create a vibrant evolving exhibition celebrating the character of Southampton. So if you can, get yourself to Southampton for a fine creative feast.

Studio wall summer 2016 - watercolour on paper

I also highly recommend a beautiful exhibition Chainmail by Amartey Golding at the Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth. It is a small show that includes a stunning 10 minute video - well worth a visit but you need to be quick as it ends on the 20th November.

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