The last time I sent out an update it was November 2019 incredibly and what a lot has happened since then! In some ways though many things have not actually been happening as we all have had to adjust to massive changes to our lives. For my work it meant not being able to physically exhibit my art anywhere and so I had to focus on online activities.
I was still able to create art though at home (not being to get to my studio for a period of time) although this meant a bit of a shift in what I was creating. With restrictions on space and limited materials I started to paint exclusively and make smaller works. Creating miniatures really made me focus on my painting, as well as hurting my eyes!
Here's me at home with some miniatures I did of my favourite Golden Girls.
On The Move / Studio Sale
Recently I have moved to a brand new studio in Westminster. It is in a
lovely location next to St James's Park. One day I may venture there with
my easel and capture the local life!
In the meantime to mark the occasion I am having a massive studio sale. For
the rest of this month a number of artworks from previous collections are
available with up to 75% off.
In June I was delighted to be able to exhibit again after a long gap what with many venues shut the last year. It was doubly exciting as it was in Sitges (just outside Barcelona) which is where I (usually) spend a lot of time when not in London.
with other artists and talking to the public was so great after after such
a long time of restricted activities. Also I am now officially a
resident of Spain so I'm really looking forward to new opportunities over
there and at home.
Best of the
I am currently creating a collection of portraits that celebrates Best
Actress Oscar winners from over the years. Selecting one particular
standout performance from each decade, they begin in the 1930s coming up
until the present day.
Here we have Audrey Hepburn representing the 1950s with her delightful win
for 'Roman Holiday'. Keep a look out on my social media posts for more
portraits to come and for details on an exhibition later in the year in a
real life location!
171 FIGURES FROM THE ARTS SIGN LETTER ON THE DAY TATE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF BP FUNDING A letter was published today signed by 171 figures from the art world condemning BP's sponsorship of cultural institutions in the UK. The letter has been published on the day that Tate Britain is hosting a party to celebrate 20 years of BP's sponsorship.  A group of artists under the banner of 'The Good Crude Britannia' are planning on protesting outside the event, and will be handing out the "Licence to Spill' briefing to people attending the party.  Arts/activist organisation Platform  has gathered 171 signatories from the international arts community, for a letter that says: "As crude oil continues to devastate coastlines and communities in the Gulf of Mexico, BP executives will be enjoying a cocktail reception with curators and artists in the Tate Britain. These relationships enable big oil companies to mask the environmentally destructive nature
Tatlin - Monument to the Third International Constructivism We can derive stimulus and pleasure from visual art in a multitude of forms and styles, although personal subjective taste will of course determine what is the strongest “turn on” for any individual. Landscape, still life, city scenes, portraiture, life studies, to mention but a very few approaches, all have their addicts, but I would, for the purpose of this review, like to make a special plea for hard edged, geometric abstraction. There is something profoundly satisfying about the purity of geometric forms – straight lines, curves, circles, ovals, squares, triangles and whatnot strike a chord in many, if not all of us, and this satisfaction is intensified if the forms are the context for vibrant, dynamically juxtaposed pure colour. Many movements in modern art have sought expression in this way, e.g. de Stijl, Cubism, Futurism, Orphism – one could multiply the “-isms”. But not least among these schools of expression were t
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