I’m getting ready to show work in this year’s E17 Arts Trail. I will be exhibiting a selection of work from the Violence of Flowers in the castle pub and will be bringing a portfolio of the remaining pieces on Thursday 8th for the private view. You will be able to pick up trail guides at the Castle Pub to see make your way around the 130 or so exhibitions which form the E17 Trail!!
Thanks to those of you who managed to come along to the preview in Leytonstone where the mural drawing undergrowth was displayed last week- if you were unable to make this show I do hope you’ll be able to join me on the 8th of September for a few drinks!
Also available at the castle will be a collection of postcards and giclee prints of work available to buy from £5 to £75 – Hope to see you during the Trail –
if you can’t make the show and are interested in the work, or prints they are of course available here.!!
Unusually a second post in the same day but I have been catching up with some work in the studio and am about to send this piece over to the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich – hopefully tomorrow. It is titled ‘Somewhere Else’ and is another piece that has derived from the violence of flowers series but as it is more contemplative – I don’t think it belongs with the others.
Today in the studio has been great – if I stay inside the sun shines – if I go outside for 5 minutes it lashes down with rain.. best stay inside for everyone’s sake! – hope you like the new work, something different about this one..
Went round to hang the work today for the violence of flowers preview this weekend. I have decided on 7 new floral pieces of work which after the preview will be transported to the Castle in Walthamstow to be shown as part of the E17 Art Trail. I have ommitted the portrait pieces from this show as I think they seem disjointed from the series of work ..
Also this week three new pieces of work have been requested from Opus Gallery based in Newcastle. The pieces are Find Yourself, Envy and Revive. 2 of these pieces have not been shown before and this is also the first metre square drawing of mine that has been exhibited, if you would like to see more detailed images of the work there is a handy preview over at the Opus website – you can view it here
Also newly installed in the Art Republic gallery is the lightbox installation – Flower of Life – based upon the geometric pattern, this double sided drawing can now be seen pulsing in the basement of the soho store, the piece is accompanied by the drawing Quill – the link being that both pieces reference the work and life of Da Vinci.
Lots of exciting things happening around the studios and also in other parts of Leytonstone – plans aren’t 100% secured yet but hopefully we will be able to spill the beans on a new project soon…. watch this space
Today was spent with a little drawing and a little deciding which pieces to frame for the Violence of Flowers preview this Saturday at Norlington Road. It’s going to be a quiet show of a handful of pieces with some close friends and people who have really helped support me with my work both recently and over the years. It’s proving hard to decide which pieces to put together and rather than attempt to show a cross-section of all the finished pieces I have decided to choose purely floral pieces. Although I have confidence in this work and I believe it represents development I am concerned about showing work that doesn’t contain portraiture… after all it seems to be what most people know my work for. So I thought I would show one of the finished floral pieces on the blog page, it kind of makes things a little less daunting, I hope you like the drawing but if you don’t I’d love to hear your reaction to the work. If you’d like to see more from this series the work will be showing at the Castle during the E17 Arts Trail starting 2nd September.
This piece is called Drowned and is based upon a study for the series, The Violence of Flowers, it is drawn in graphite calligraphy ink and painted with various types of tea.
New piece from the studio amd today I found this quote…
“The microcosm and the macrocosm are built on the same plan. Just as the individual soul is encased in the living body, so is the universal Soul in the Living energy of Nature. The objective universe, is embracing nature. This covering of the one by the other is analogous to the relation between an idea and the word expressing it. This dual aspect of the Universal Soul is eternal. So what we perceive or feel is this combination of the Eternally Formed and the Eternally Formless.”
It sums up a lot about our interconnection with the world on a micro and macro level. The artist tries to tap into this interconnection… this is where my work is heading..
Good day in the studio yesterday – after collecting work from the Contemporary Romantics show I got back in the studio just before the heavens opened and finished off a new piece of work.. was a strange drawing experience and one of the more ‘automatic’ drawings I have carried out recently. Thought I would post it to the blog as I haven’t decided whether it fits with the series ‘Violence of Flowers’ but maybe it works because it is so different to the others. Most importantly it was a really euphoric experience making the work and I’m keen to share it so here it is!