Well, helloo there, poor neglected blog.
Apologies for the lack of updates recently, the blame lies totally with an addictive iPhone app called instagram. I’ve never been one for words so having something that’s picture based is a godsend! If you haven’t got an iPhone then you can follow my feed (assuming you have any interest in it!) here
As for recent activity, I’ve just finished and shipped the new work for the show at CAVE Gallery in LA next month. Massively stoked about this one, I’m really happy with the work which is unusual – I think it marks a real step forward so hopefully folks will like it. I’ll update the blog with some teaser images a little closer to the show.
And when I’ve not been painting, i’ve been filling a couple of Moleskines with doodles, drawings and ideas for another day. Again, terribly addictive. I’ve really enjoyed just letting the pencil find it’s own way rather than fretting over colour and composition. I think in the context of a sketchbook pretty much anything goes, so it make s a refreshing change and is very motivational too.
Having just finished my second Moleskine, I’ve taken the opportunity to make 4 of the most recent drawings available through my Big Cartel Store Pics below, but hopefully a great way to get hold of some original artwork at a reasonable price!
My final show of the year!
I’m excited to be showing a selection of new paintings @ George Thornton Art in Nottingham. The show runs 5th – 15th November and as well as the new paintings on paper, will feature some of the work I’ve done on different media over the past year.
Some wood panels, paintings on old drawers and doors and for the first time I’ll be making some original sketches available.
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I’ll be there this Saturday for the opening so if you are in Nottingham, come and say hi!
A taster of some of the new work and sketches:
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Since getting back from SF, I seem to have become addicted to sketching in the moleskine. I’ve done a couple of new paintings, but I’m really enjoying letting the ideas flow and not worrying about the detail.
I’ve got a bunch of ideas waiting to start on once I’ve got the studio sorted. At the moment it seems like my paints are never in the same place I am, so having the sketchbook to hand has been a bit of a lifesaver.
I also took the opportunity to mess around a little with some digital work, I’ve not touched photoshop (to paint with) since last year – I had to try and remember what to do, but pretty happy with the results.
and some sketches:
A little late posting pictures, but the recent trip to San Francisco was awesome!
The opening night for the September group show was a great evening. I was stoked to finally meet Charmaine, Tatiana and Handiedan as well as Ken Harman who did a great job of putting the show together and taking care of us all.
Nice to see Handiedan’s work in person for the first time. There’s so much textural detail to her pieces that is missed in the shots you see on the internet, I was really digging the darker tones of some of her newer work too.
Speaking of black, Charmaine Olivia’s work was equally impressive and by way of contrast, Tatiana’s paintings were buzzing with vibrant colours and energy. Beautiful work!
The rest of the trip was spent hanging out and checking some of the galleries and opening nights. Special mention to Brett Amory’s show at GalleryAD in San Jose which blew me away. Awesome work, haunting and ethereal but still firmly rooted in urban reality.
Other highlights: Hanging with Tatiana and Han and sketching over coffee in the morning. Visiting Charmaine in her studio – inspirational, I HAVE to get a studio sorted. And Ken’s collection of sneakers. We only got to sample a few of them but heard many stories. The guy is obsessed.
Time to post about some new work and an upcoming show!
I’m very excited to be part of a new exhibition at Spoke Gallery in San Francisco. I have 4 new paintings showing alongside work from Handiedan, Charmaine Olivia and Tatiana Suarez. All the work is based around different interpretations of the female figurative and I’m stoked about how the differing styles complement each other.
Opening night is September 1, 6pm – 10pm, showing through September 22 at Spoke Art, 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco CA. I’ll be there on the night so if anyone can make it, come and say hi!
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Have a peek at one of the pieces below – “Soon I’ll let You Go” will also be available as a ltd edition of 50 print. Hope you like it!
A couple of weeks back i finished the final painting for an upcoming show and with a deadline out of the way, wanted to head off in a different direction, at least in terms of media.
I’ve been spending a lot of time painting for various projects and I’ve been getting a bit uptight about various aspects of what I’ve been doing and my abilities to do it, so thought it would be cool to just spend a couple of weeks exploring a sketchbook, just scrawling whatever came to mind, rather than worrying about a bigger picture (pun intended).
I’m really enjoying it. It feels liberating to just make marks and not give a fuck!
The crow girls are back, with a future project half in mind, and I’m happy to see them again.
So, overdue a post. Take this: recent work for an upcoming show in September (more details soon).
And i woke up early this past Sunday, 6am or something. I actually really like getting up early (apart from the knackered feeling!) and painting. Early mornings are second only to late nights for painting potential. Anyhoo, there was a chunk of wood idly sat in the Kitchen, so i decided to give it some skull love.
For no other reason than it seemed to need it. Excuse the crappy iPhone pic.
Oh yeah, if you are interested in work in progress doodles and random pics, and I guess have an iPhone, I now have an instagram account. It’s a cool little app – kinda like Twitter but pictures, and I get on with pictures way better than words. Fer-real.