After the paintings below were lost to oil degradation I received a request from singer-songwriter Ralegh Long to use the images on his new LP called ‘Upwards of Summer’. I repainted the images and Ralegh used one on the Lp released in Summer 2017 pics below of launch at Rough Trade Nottingham.
I painted these three canvases after Spectrum paints very kindly sent me some new tubes of oil paint. Sadly my ground wasn’t suitable and the linseed leaked into the support discolouring the painting. I painted over. However I am re-painting the main and to my mind most successful image below.
These two canvases were painted in may last year before the Lady Bay ‘Moogee’ show. They were shown but in a hallway but many people may have missed them.
I did not put online at time as they been at my friend Stephe’s from last May until recently. I forgot about them when I submitted to the Open. They may indicate where I headed in the new sequence I will be working on for this year’s Lady Bay show. Again it will be at 117 Holme Road 🙂
Red Barn 2005 watercolour and pencil on paper 24" x 36" £200
I have just completed a complete archive of work from 1975-2000. 25 years of strange stuff indeed. In the process I found some images that had slipped the net when creating this current catalogue so here they are.
Here a watercolour form 2005 and two drawings from Egerton Studio in 2004.
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'Youlgreave' Watercolour and pencil on paper 24" x 36" £200
These two drawings were accepted and shown in the Nottingham Open 2014. These two pieces were easily selected for my submission because they along with the large three part canvas below were the ONLY three pieces of work I completed in 2014.
These are the final dozen illustrations as delivered to James Elkins for his 2nd Edition of Artists with Phds book (Published May 2014). It enabled me to successfully complete my M.A. by registered project for which I received a distinction in January 2014.
My thanks to James Elkins for a ‘revealing’ experience although I maybe now know more than I need to about Fine Art Phds and their academic validity:-)
The new year 2012 from January – April I shared a space in the studio as the main building was infected with a hideous black mould. It wasn’t until April that the problem sorted and the rebuild of studio happened. I then took over the space I currently in. This has been the first time in my life I have had a dedicated room for painting in 🙂 I was also asked to create a show for NCN in march so I drew a whole new set of Moogee cartoons on two themes – The Modern Art School and Modern Art World.
A difficult series of paintings done whilst dealing with my mother’s slow decline with cancer. I deliberately tried to be more positive and went back to some stock symbols I had used throughout the eighties in my work. I also consciously tried to ‘layer’ these symbols like ‘tags’ across the already pretty flat canvas surface.
Whilst preparing for the ‘Connect’ show I did complete two gouaches and two small landscape paintings based on a visit to Youlgreave in Derbyshire painted from memory and some snap shots. A moment of sanity in the madness I did not have a studio by this point and wouldn’t have one again for three years.
Well post ‘Connect’ I let rip for a week in the Goldfactory space ( the empty space I left when I decamped briefly to the City Arts project then swapped into Mik Godley’s old space). We used the empty spaces to stage some very successful ‘art research’ shows and I created the Goldfactory website and managed the project along with Paul Matosic.
For my research space month I worked directly on to the large end wall creating highly controversial cartoons attacking everything I could think of especially ACE and academia ironically as it responded by giving me a permanent post that Autumn.
I was struggling to focus on the Lincoln/Derby CONNECT course financed by the Arts Council as I was fast learning how to survive in academia.
I finally pulled together (literally) a show based around a collection of recorded songs in the manner of Daniel Johnston’s shows and performances.
I painted 12 canvasses in a weekend each an ‘illustration’ of a song on the CD. To bulk out a fairly weak bunch of paintings I dressed in character for the private view and played a ‘fake’ vinyl copy of the record in the foyer. The really cutting Moogee cartoons were put on hold as ‘not suitable for a public space’ and I did not want to offend the staff at The Collection who were much nicer and more knowledgeable than the course academics to be honest. I played a part and walked away not having upset anybody.