Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One big art weekend (rain almost stops play!)

One big art weekend....(rain almost stops play!)

Attended the Parallax AF networking event on Friday in Fitzroy Square, London.

Out of the 10 years I spent living in London, I can honestly say that not much changes. A few new buildings, some different faces and plenty of people stood outside pubs drinking beer in the pouring rain! 

It is still one of the best cities in the world, the buzz continues and the urgency to get somewhere was apparent from the moment I entered Paddington station.

The networking event organised by Dr Chris Barlow and his supporting cast was brilliant. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Barlow quite quickly on arrival and shared some interesting art and architecture stories.

As the rooms filled, introductions to other artists increased and imagine it was similar to a speed dating event. What was apparent was that everybody was really impressed by the whole set up. Was it the canapes? Was it the flow of wine, or was it that everybody was just really happy to be exchanging emails, numbers, website details or just chatting about the art they are going to exhibit.

As I exited the building, my thoughts reminded me of all things great about art evenings. And I was smiling from ear to ear!

As I put my umbrella up and stepped onto the street the reality of London was upon me again. A gentleman with a shopping trolley passed by arguing with an invisible friend.

Was it the wine or weather that had washed the evening away?

Bucks Open Studios

Saturday morning came quickly after Friday night and I opened the studio to the world. I can't say I was clock watching but it seemed that everytime I looked up the heavens had opened up again. A bit of intense sunshine and back to the showers.

Had a few calls saying people couldn't make it, some good luck messages from family and friends and a few neighbours popped by to see what was going on.

At least I got to complete a couple of commissions and a birthday present picture...and theres next weekend to look forward to.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Parallax AF

Back in Janaury I was approached by Dr Chris Barlow from barlowfinedrawings.com about submitting some work for the Parallax Art Fair.

So I submitted a couple of works and the next you know I had been shortlisted and selected for the show.

During my time as artist, curator, viewer and buyer I've not come across many people who have really provided a first class service.

Maybe Harry Mafuji when he had his gallery in Dalston and later when he  invited me to guest curate Century Gallery in Hoxton. (which I do miss) 

However it did have its hiccups and horror stories... I will never forget that for foads "...by misadventure" exhibition our guests didn't receive the gallery invite. It transpired that Harry's team had sent invites to the previous persons guest list. Thankfully we kept our email list and our audience got the personal call or email the week before the show.

Harry did mention about a year later that it had been one of the most attended shows he had witnessed at the Century Gallery... I won't mention the missing artwork as that's another story....(could do a blog on some of the mishaps, mistakes and misgivings that I've witnessed)

Back to now, the Parallax team are doing a networking event on Friday evening. When I read the invite again earlier I realised that I'm going to have to get my evening suit out of storage! And maybe even buy a new tie!

If you are in London and want to come to the show check the http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/parallaxaf.html for more details...

Bucks Open Studios

The opening weekend is fast approaching for the opening studios and I'm getting rather excited. Its been almost a year since we moved to Burnham Village and I've had quite a productive period for making art. 

My studio space in Slough in 2009/2010 was the starting point of this blog. The conservatory space which was very hot in summer and very cold in summer meant painting time was limited.

Since moving west by about four miles, I've made more contacts, sold more and created some stunning new work. 

Getting back into sculpture has been a really worthwhile experience and having access to a pottery studio in Wycombe has meant that painting has been less regular. 

www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk to see all the other great artists....

I'll be posting during the course of the open studios as well as trying to involve some people on the "day off" project.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

secret surf spots 1

secret spots sculpted

These are my latest wave sculptures and all based on secret surf spots around England.

 The first wave featured is less secret than it was about 10 years ago and was listed and debated on magicseaweed.com. You’ll have to check my photos to work out which one.


The second is based on a regular favourite south coast spot which works on huge swells. We’re normally playing Jurassic 5 as we pull into the lay-by which is some walk away.

There’s a famous painting in the National Gallery by JWM Turner which was painted on one of his tours to the Westcountry. It was painted from on a boat “somewhere on the Cornwall/Devon border.

And that is the only clue to this super fast barrel ride....