31 August 2011

Exhibition NO. 1: PAINT

As mentioned previously, I have a painting in this forthcoming exhibition in Manchester

Public Preview & live mural painting: Thursday 8 September, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues Friday 9 - Sunday 25 September 2011
BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester, M15 6AW
Free Entry to all Events

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 1-7pm
Tuesday 1-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm

Bartosz Beda | Dominic Bradnum | Jack Brindley | Cara Campbell | Neill Clements | Lisa Denyer | Jane Evans | Liz Gaunt | Alastair Gordon | Lesley Guy | Caroline Hall | Andrew Hardy | Melissa Henderson | Katarzyna Jablonska | Catherine Knight | Ladoza | Susan Laughton | Scott McCracken | Luci Metcalfe | Emily Musgrave | Georgina Parkins | Maggie Royle | Georgina Vinsun | Rebecca Wild

"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint". Edward Hopper

No.1: Paint is the first in an exciting series of medium-specific exhibitions to be held at BLANKSPACE. Celebrating the unique nature of paint, this exhibition will showcase work from 24 varied and distinctive emerging artists from throughout the UK.

Encompassing a wide variety of styles and forms, from impressionistic to abstract, sculpture to installation, the core subject of this diverse collection is: paint.

The selected artists individually push the fundamental boundaries of paint, investigating the numerous angles available within the selected art form.

"No.1: Paint is about artists exploring the medium of paint in different and innovative ways, with their ideas and concepts being communicated through purely visual means. The work we have selected encompasses everything from more traditional painting to sculptural pieces and installation work - all coming together to create a unique and exciting show."
Jamie Hyde, Curator

An ensemble of colour, texture, concept and vision, this exhibition showcases some of the most gifted talent from around the UK. No.1 Paint will captivate, stimulate and inspire the audience in the dynamic yet intimate environment of BLANKSPACE.

17 August 2011

Struggle and Progress

Is it good to be back at the easel?  Ask me again at the end of the day.

It seems at some point over the past month I found some time to I werk on 'Home Sweet Home'.  Unless the fairies have been in during my absence.  This is what greeted me on my arrival.

I decided it was time the blue morse code painting was taken a step further.  Now you would have thought that having spent the intervening weeks starting and finishing a painting in blue neon, that I would have my hand in.  But it's not exactly been a joy.  And it hasn't helped that the paint was still a bit wet when I started. I struggle on, as I do most weeks.  Yes, it seems a modicum of success has not raised my game.

That's better!  Progress has been made on 'Home Sweet Home': Painting was loose and free, no No.1 size brushes were dirtied in the process.

TORRENTIAL RAIN = hide indoors and drink some tea.

The rain has stopped, still got 40 minutes to do something worthwhile.

More werk on 'Home Sweet Home', and then I'm off home.  The day has been mixed, mostly good, with some bad patches in the middle.

5 August 2011

week off

I did no painting last week.  Instead I spent Tuesday travelling up to Manchester to deliver Wish You Were Here to the BlankSpace Gallery for a forthcoming exhibition titled 'No. 1: Paint'.  We spent a whole 10 minutes in Manchester, deciding to make tracks when a gang of yoofs came by with their hoods up putting on their woolly gloves as if they were off to have a snowball fight.  There were riots in Manchester and Salford that night. There were no reported snowball fights.

On Thursday Verity and I attended the WBS logo awards ceremony at the Design Council in London. We enjoyed a slap-up meal and ample wine, met some interesting people, and I came home with a 2nd prize for my re-rendering of their logo in blue neon after Barnett Newman.

Here is a portrait of the artist with the artwerk, after the awards and the ample wine and the slap-up meal and the interesting people.

1 August 2011

more Notes To Self coverage

I'd forgotten about this little preview.

Present Joys is a small publishing house based at the Lo & Behold gallery building.  They took some sneak preview photos of the great wall of post-it notes after we'd finished installing the work and gone home.