Thursday, 6 July 2017

Roll River Roll...

recent paintings 'The Street (Fog Screen)', and The Street (Tree of Knowledge)' installed at Joseph Chamberlain College Arts Festival July 2017

I’ve not written anything for ages, but I have been busy. Here are a couple of paintings currently on display at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College where I work. I’m exhibiting them alongside our students work as part of our annual Arts Festival. It has been a nice opportunity over the years to ‘test’ out new work on the large walls. These two large paintings belong to a new series of work,  ‘Negativland’ which I recently created as a new portfolio on the website:, but have yet to exhibit anywhere. They were created in a relatively short intense burst of activity and hold in some way in their expression some of my fears and anxieties about living in this strange, dystopian post-Brexit Britain.
Current studio work
I’m currently working on a series of smaller paintings based on observations of makeshift shelters constructed by the homeless in the fly-tipped margins of land surrounding the college…I’m struggling to make these work as they are formally a bit of a departure from recent work, and I’m not sure where they are going, but I feel like they are beginning to take some sort of shape after much hard work....

Friday, 30 December 2016

Things that matter....

the late Leonard Cohen
It’s been a strange year. Thank goodness for the culture that helps us make sense of things and navigate ourselves through it all. Here are some my own personal highlights from things I’ve read, seen, listened to and experienced this year, old and new. I guess you could call them recommendations.
writer and songwriter,Willy Vlautin
‘The Free’, Willy Vlautin
‘Born To Run’, Bruce Springsteen
‘On Being An Artist’- Michael Craig Martin
‘Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston’- Musa Meyer (the artist’s daughter)
‘Killing and Dying’-- Adrian Tomine
‘Lean On Pete’- Willy Vlautin
‘Us’- David Nicholls
‘Journey To Nowhere: The Saga Of The New Underclass'- Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
an extract from 'Hortisculpture' in 'Killing and Dying' by Adrian Tomine
‘My Back To Nature’-George Shaw at the National Gallery, London
‘Quick Light’-Alex Katz at The Serpentine Gallery, London
‘Tragic Forms’-Ken Currie at Flowers East Gallery, London
‘Abstract Expressionism’ at The Royal Academy of Arts
a painting by George Shaw from his excellent 'My Back To Nature' exhibition
‘Flotus’- Lambchop
‘You Want It Darker’- Leonard Cohen
‘Winter Garden’- Eraldo Bernocchi, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie
‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’- King Creosote
‘You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To’- Richmond Fontaine
King Creosote

Films and DVDs:
‘Fear Itself’
‘The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut)’
I’m struggling to recall any particular films or things I’ve watched that have stayed with me. I seem to watch less and less these days.
70's movie classic, 'The Warriors'

Event of the Year:
Bruce Springsteen at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry
The Boss. 
Happy New Year....