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I’m delighted to be launching a new 20×16″ print on Wednesday the 27th Jan, with Derbby.
Derbby have a unique price structure which works great, making the early prints in an edition extremely accessible. The usual selling price of Derbby Prints is $149 but for the Flash Sale the price drops to $25.. and that’s where it gets interesting, each successive sale raises the price by $1 !
Derbby aren’t cutting corners however, the print is made on a bright white Epson archival paper at a heavy 330gsm! this is embossed with the Derbby logo and accompanied by an artists signature by way of a certificate applied to the reverse of the piece… this results in a clean ready to frame image.
The piece itself was created in January of 2016 and experiments with creating more layering and more detail than usual, I wanted to give Derbby an image that would translate well in the reduction to a print, making the detail finer and crisper. Continuing on from the earlier piece this year entitled all I want is everything, the piece reflects on commercial desire, our relationship with nature, and the unattainable. I’ve included some work in progress images below to show the process of making the work.
Head over to the new website now for more details.
Very excited about tomorrow’s drawing event. On Saturday 25th feb (tomorrow!) I will be packing up my assorted teas, pens and paintbrushes and heading over to Notting Hill for a day of painting in ink and tea at Debut Contemporary. Debut have kindly let me use their window space as a studio for the day and as spring is just around the corner (fingers crossed) I thought I would take some floral inspiration to create a new piece of work in the space. Hopefully I will have worked out the technology to broadcast some of the drawing via webcam, but if you can make it along to the gallery for a cup of tea you’ll be able to enjoy the whole experience aroma and all!!
There will also be work available for sale starting from £5 for postcard packs, prints and original works of art. Also available will be the newly released print Choke taken from the violence of flowers series, accompanied by a selection of original floral works.
Will post pictures of the event tomorrow evening online, but hope to see you there if you can make it.
Long Player @ The Ben Oakley Gallery
Tonight sees the launch of Long Player at the amazing Ben Oakley Gallery, featuring work from over 30 artists who have been given the task of customising classic (and not so classic) album covers in a show which mixes street art, fine art, illustration and works from another dimension. I got 2 in it!
Sneak preview below
The new postcard sets are now ready, signed, and I’m sending them out this morning to those who have pre-ordered. Each set is sealed in a cello envelope and then posted in a manilla envelope, with a hand drawn sketch on the reverse and a wax seal. The postcards are individually signed and editioned in a limited set of 250. If you would like a set they are available to order here and I usually send them out same or next day.
There are also just a few editions left of the print ‘Another Place’ (below) you can pick up one of the remaining prints here.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
TRIPTYCH OF DRAWINGS – IMMORTAL – MORTAL – 11 @ dEBUT CONTEMPORARY [LINK]
LONDON ART FAIR – 18th -22 January Stand G35 / Opus [LINK]
dEBUT CONTEMPORARY – 1st FEBRUARY – PRIVATE VIEW [LINK]
ART FOR HEART’S SAKE – EXHIBITION AND AUCTION [LINK]
… I’m still reeling from the speed at which everything has been happening recently and so blogs have been coming slowly so I thought I would recap and say a very big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported and visited the Journey exhibition over at G90 Finsbury park and particularly Mick and Michelle who put in all the hard work making sure everyone who visited was well looked after. It was a real pleasure to work with Gallery 90 and I am looking forward to showing work with them again in the future. Thanks also to those people who have collected and invested in originals of my work and to those who have also bought prints, it has been an amazing year and I am very grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work full time as an artist.
So what next… well hot on the heels of the Journey Exhibition, I have been invited by Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill to submit works for their winter exhibition which opens tomorrow night. 7th Dec.
It is an honour to have been selected from over a thousand artists, and to not only show work with this gallery but to get experience from their excellent workshops which give artists the opportunity to gain industry experience through introductions to experts from a number of fields including curators, practicing artists, publicists and collectors. The program began earlier today with the opportunity to present an ‘elevator’ style pitch about yourself as an artist. Public speaking isn’t something I’ve ever been fond of and with a camera in the mix even less so but it didn’t go too badly! It was a great opportunity also to meet the other artists who will be showing at Debut from Tomorrow night.
So to plan the direction of work over the coming year… I have had several slight changes of direction and experimentations over the last year but have mainly kept both thematic and stylistic elements which I hope identify the work as belonging to me. Next years challenge will be to take the work in a new direction whilst still maintaining the elements and freedom of line which make the work so enjoyable to make
There is a very fine balance in the work between complete freedom, and the constraints put on the work by figurative elements. A particular piece which I think achieved this was ‘Another Place’ created just before the journey exhibition. Following on from the works ‘somewhere’ and ‘somewhere else’ the piece focuses on that moment where we allow ourselves to delve inside our unconscious mind, to drift and yet still have some lucid recollection of events, or an awareness of self. In this respect ‘Another Place’ is, in effect, a drawing of my drawing process – it calls upon personal symbols and shapes important to me and transposes them alongside an image of a daydreaming figure. The model reference for this piece is photographer Lisa Stefaniak lisastefaniak.com I asked Lisa if I could reference images from a series of photographs she had taken each day over a period of one year. There is something about the set which gives this feeling of elsewhere – a daydream or a longing and this is what I am trying to capture through a sense of abandonment in drawing.
You can purchase a ltd ed print of this piece here
Another piece which has just been released as a print is Strength.
Strength was a piece created in 2011 in response to the disastrous earthquake in Japan, it was a piece about human resolve and also about the terrifying force of nature. The concept of the piece is fairly simple A woman stands resilient against the force of the plant roots which try to break apart her figure. It focuses on the beauty and delicacy of nature and how a tiny flower will break through the toughest of grounds and overcome the harshest surroundings in order to survive
The print has been produced by Fine Art Publishers Harwood King who are well known for their creation of prints for artists such as Dan Baldwin, Hush, Henrik Simonsen, and Andrew McAttee
Details of the print (varnish layers and gold leaf treatments) can be found on Etsy where the first editions are currently for sale.
Strength Ltd ed print available for sale here
images below are actual pictures of the print from Harwood King
I’ve decided to take some stretched paper and my usual pencils inks and pens and of course a fine selection of Tea to gallery 90 for the final weekend of Journey. I’ll be there on both Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm making a new piece of work whilst people visit the gallery. It’s something outside of my comfort zone – I normally like to be almost meditative when I work and I may even have to throw on a pair of headphones to be able to work but I think it would be a good experiment.. who knows how the work will turn out – I have nothing planned as yet as I am sure something will occur between now and then which drives the work.
So please – if you can – come along to Gallery 90, enjoy some bubbly & refreshments provided by the gallery (I’ll be on the tea!)
Hope to see you there
The Private view for the exhibition ‘ J O U R N E Y ‘ at Gallery 90 is this Friday 18th November from 7pm,
As well as featuring drawings in tea and Ink made over the last year the exhibition will showcase a triptych of 5 foot drawings fresh from the Studio. I do hope you will be able to join me to help celebrate the first year of working as an artist, can’t wait to share the new work with you.
Also accompanying the show are 2 new limited edition prints;
‘Strength‘ – 60 x 42cm printed on 330 gsm Saunders Somerset paper, with varnish layer treatments and gold leaf accents. The print is a limited edition of 50 published by fine art print suppliers Harwood King, and will be available for £270 from the 18th November.
‘Another Place’ A2 Giclee print on 300gsm Hahnemuhle etching paper, edition of 25,
Another place (normally £150) will be available for sale at a specially discounted price of £120 at the private view of Journey.
Look forward to seeing you at the Private View.