Friday, February 05, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sacred circle


Mixed media on canvas board 12" x 9.5"

If you look up "circle" on Wikipedia you will see a totally Euclidian explanation - a perfect sphere understandable and measurable by science. But nature does not see the circle in so perfect an alignment, rather it operates a system of checks and balances to ensure that constant movement and interruption of form is appropriately balanced elsewhere in the whole system to compensate. Nature is compensatory - if you leave it alone..

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vox populi


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

This piece is highly, almost roughly, textured which is not coming across well in a digital image. Creating it felt almost like creating a sculpture made of the clay and stone of earth. It feels right to work in this way.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Remembering Hepworth


Mixed media on canvas 31" x 24"

Barbara Hepworth is one of a small group of mid twentieth century British artists with whom I feel a strong affinity.  Her belief in and love of form led her naturally to sculpture (and it is for this she is mostly remembered) but she also did many drawings which had a more representational quality. She drew with the lightest touch but with always with a strong message you could not ignore.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monday, December 07, 2015

Updated website

I have spent the last few days updating my website (see the link to the right). I wanted it to reflect the more recent work and also provide some kind of conversational justification for the work. I'm happy to talk about this if anyone is interested. Please email me to do that.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fractured landscape


Mixed media and collage on canvas 36" x 24"

This is a rework of an abstract painting I did some time ago. Fracture, breakdown and rebirth are part of life. The world wobbles and staggers but it has inbuilt compensations and props.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Graffiti


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 30"

This is how the Urban Dictionary defines "slag":

1. An individual who cares not for relationships beyond the realm of the sexual, these people sleep with many partners not caring about anything save for the moment of climax.

2. Rubbish that is not worth the time or effort of paying attention to it, but none the less draws one in. Used to describe unpleasant situations.

3. Physical trash, often scrap metals.

When I was growing up we lived in a coal mining area and the Snipe Pit was still working. A by-product of coal mining was "slag" - the heaps of remains that could not properly be called coal.  I remember being 16 and doing a very detailed pen and ink drawing of the Snipe Pit workings. A friend at Art school was having a solo exhibition but invited a few of us to add some stuff. The drawing of the Snipe Pit workings was included and it sold.  Soon after the Pit workings were demolished and I always felt sad I no longer had my drawing to remind me of its majesty.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Magnified 250 times

 Every grain of sand in the world is unique when viewed through a microscope:


These are actual grains of sand magnified 250 times.  A complex world eh?






Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To see the world in a grain of sand (adapted from William Blake)


Mixed media on wood panel  24" x 24"

Checking up on the title I realised I had used this poem once before, last year, as inspiration - "a robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage". Purely one of those odd life coincidences. The poem's called "Auguries of Innocence". Notice I have change the article in the first line to "the" from Blake's original "a".  That's why I have had to say "adapted from William Blake".

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oh Butterfly


Mixed media on wood panel 24" x 24"

I have been reading, amongst other things, an interesting little detective novel by Jacqueline Winspear, set in the 1930s though written in recent years (It is called Maisie Dobbs).  The lady detective of the book title's name is remembering her mentor's words:  "As soon as you think you have found the answer, you have closed the path and may miss vital new information.  Wait awhile in the stillness, and do not rush to conclusions, no matter how uncomfortable the unknowing."  These words echo the notions behind systemic thinking and complex systems and they also map onto that Eastern wisdom which we in the West seem to have buried too deeply to generally recognise. I suppose this is what I am trying to explore in this latest work.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Two plus two does not equal four


Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"

Nostalgia


Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"

I have been working on this one this morning and have just re-posted it. It's a strange thing, that small voice niggling you saying 'that's not quite how you want it is it?".  But now it is.