New Oil Paintings – 23 Years On

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So after 23 years I open a can of oil paint and start painting. First thought is why did it take so long. Is far nicer to work with than acrylic and whereas I appreciate the quick-drying facility that allows rapid over-painting there something too dry about acrylic.

Early days but have started over-painting a couple of series from last year that failed to convince me or the public. Most interesting thing is I started to work in references to previous drawing research and cartooning in a roundabout way.

Here the drawing from Nottingham Open two years ago it links directly to painting above.

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I also connecting that with my early 1980’s decorative and aboriginal art influenced work. I do not feel the pressure of the career break any more and actually feel like this could be a career for possibly the first time ever. I have never been a part-time painter and I shall give it a good go for the next year and see what happens.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/arts/design/15patt.html

Pattern and Decoration 1975-1985

New French Painting especially Figuration Libre was also an influence

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crossed over with NY Grafitti art…..Haring and Basquait etc….

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