When I began this blog, it was meant to be updated frequently, although this clearly hasn’t been the case. However, I am delighted to finally get around to sharing a few images that hopefully give a sense of the new work, mostly created from the new studio that I moved into last October, situated in Westgate Studios in the centre of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. A relatively compact space, three floors above one of Wakefield’s main streets and seemingly in the heart of the nightclub/bar area, it is proving a prefect location to start a new body of work. Since the last update, I have won last year’s Contemporary Open at Stockport, been shown in the Singapore and Hong Kong artfairs, and managed to escape the (sometimes) isolation of the studio to do some painting tuition at Leeds City College. Currently I’m working on three commissions and around 12-15 works for a solo show in July. All works shown below are oil on canvas. Any comments are welcome as always. Thank you..
Finally some decent light has arrived to create longer painting days and the motivation to paint once again returns after a long winter.
Included in this post are a couple of new still lifes, along with a some new smaller versions of older paintings. These were made partly because I wasn’t coming up with many fresh ideas at the beginning of the year (and I knew I had to do ‘something’!), but also because, as with many painters I’m sure, your own personal style and ability develops, and I wanted to try out some technical comparisons, AND a new style of framing that seems to be working well. I sold at the recent Harrogate Art Fair, which was personally encouraging, and have recently started to expand the selection of galleries exhibiting my work. Which reminds me, there are still a handful of galleries that advertise myself as one of their artists, when I no longer show with them. I have no problem with that, except it looks like I am spread more thinly than I actually am. Please feel free to ask me direct if you are visiting a gallery that includes me on their website and want to know if I have work there.
Hello – four works being delivered this week to Gallerytop’s new group show, three new paintings and a re-showing for ‘Brassica and Lillies’, the large canvas work that currently hangs in my house. The reality of painting a large canvas is its all seems like a good idea, but every time I want to move or show it, a van has to be hired. On this occasion the lovely Gill and Keith from Gallerytop have agreed to collect for me. After the blizzards last weekend, the roads are clear, but the air remains cold and the painting room still needs a small oil heater most of the day. The allure of spending the winter months in warmer climates is ever-increasing..
From top to bottom: “Brassica and Lillies” – 140 x 100cm. “Bouquet” – image size 55 x 55cm. “White Rose Study” – approx 20 x 30cm. “Waiting For You” – 18 x 36cm.
Apologies for being away for a while, sometimes real life takes over, but I’m back in the studio, at the moment still creating small works, but with a couple of larger flower pieces being drawn up for spring.
‘King Oyster’ (with a small stone I collected from a visit to my childhood beach) and ‘White Asparagus’ , something I can’t remember seeing before until I went shopping for new subjects and knew I had to try this. Both around 25 x 34cm, oil on canvas mounted on board.