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 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.
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.
With half an eye on the community art area that I now involved in and my genuine interest in 1980’s art and comic forms I painted over the original Hodgkin-like paintings on board from Lady Bay and these were completed before my switch to the City Arts studio in 2006 as part of a ‘artist-in-residence’ scheme they were running.
I moved to Nottingham in May 2002 following a very rough time in London living in a room 8 feet by six just big enough for a bed in a mad house in Harlesden (then the drive by shooting locale of note). I rented a flat in Lady Bay, West Bridgford and managed to do some painting in the summer of 2003 just after I had met my wife to be Emma in London in July 2003. I took the paintings to the Egerton Studio which I joined in 2004 and subsequently painted over them.