The works exhibited are the last paintings I have.
I have struggled to exist as a painter in this city since I arrived and before that for 20 years I virtually ceased painting as I had no studio or money for materials.
I view the contemporary fine art world as essentially corrupt to the core and dominated by politicised funding that means that as a male white individual (working class has no bearing) at age 60 I have no chance of any further support of any kind. This is not an old man’s delusional belief it grounded in a stark appreciation of reality.
I will not stop drawing and I see my future in the illustration/ comic/ graphic novel area if anywhere at all.
If not that then I will give up entirely.
I would like to personally thank Steven Ingman for his support over the last ten years ( I moved into 3rd Space in 2010) and hopefully both the studio and myself can flourish in the years to come but for now the paint is dry the brushes are worn.
I have not been updating this painting blog for at least a year. In fact the last painting of any note I completed was probably in Jan-Feb 2018 before the OS Notts open studios as shown below. This is because of traumatic and life-changing events which have led to my current divorce. Slowly I am picking up the pieces and sadly painting was something that took a back seat whilst life well and truly got in the way.
On a more positive note this last Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting a show in Dover Sreet Mayfair co-curated by old freind David Stephenson. The show revolved around Robert Fraser’s legendary sixties galleries. David also produced a double vinyl Lp of songs about the artists involved which included Peter Blake, Ed Ruscha and Basquiat.
As well as visiting the Gazelli show I also saw a great Rauschenberg show, a crazy Martin Creed show and popped into various Cork Street shows with David which after many years away from the ‘international art scene’ was fun.
So after 40…yes 40 years (I started at the tender age of 16 in 1975) as an infrequently practicing artist I find myself finally with a studio and time to paint so as of next Monday there no more excuses….
What will it look like? Well going by the last completed canvas above from May 2014 probably a bit cartoony, a bit abstract, a bit colourful….somewhere along the fault line between Contemporary British Abstraction (see show on now in London poster below ) and a crazed version of Disney trapped in a hunting lodge…so think David Lynch and rabbits…paint…it’s all about the paint..stupid….
So her it is or there it was and now it is or almost now …or something….whir..dribble…splat..thunk….
Always happens around now..taught content ends (in this case so did the course) and I manage to get some quality time in the studio.
Slightly different this year as my future isn’t what it used to be. Can’t say more for now as things have started to move in a certain direction.
Meanwhile trying to get some paint on canvas and some writing done in studio.
Here the first coloured drawing from a couple of weeks back and a new three part 12′ x 4′ canvas.
This connects directly with my mid to late 1980’s work…..especially the Record Sleeve paintings.