on artworks and new paintings

the artworks 11th annual exhibition opened to the public at blackthorpe today… i am a new member of this professional group of thirty east anglian artists… and this year the environment and mankind’s impact on it is the linking theme of the exhibition…

here are some snapshot photographs of my new paintings in the artworks exhibition, sadly, only taken with a mobile phone… two large lichenscapes and nine small mouldscapes… note the ancient flinty wall on which they hang…


lichenscape I and II, mixed media on canvas

it doesn’t quite look it, but this section of the barn wall is four metres wide; i had to contend with a power socket smack in the middle… thinking more about this access to electricity perhaps the idea of backlighting might be worth pursuing more rigorously as a creative diversion – that is, my work is seemingly very solid, slab-like and heavy ( a concept i quite like exploring within the relative lightness of a stretched canvas – but i had back in 2006 pursued some ideas around using painted skins. light effects and transparency

the artworks private view was very well attended with much work sold in the first couple of hours…  it was very nice to see some ex-work colleagues but somewhat odd to see the ex-boss there too; i am sure they didn’t recognise me as a past employee… here are three of my small mouldscapes on wood panels, all are 15cm x 15cm x 3cm…


mouldscape II, acrylic & composition gold leaf on wood panel


mouldscape VI, acrylic & composition gold leaf on wood panel


mouldscape IX, acrylic & composition gold leaf on wood panel

a new exhibition with some fresh, new work! although my artistic concerns remain pretty much within the environmental decomposition and decay mould…

i will also be doing a painting demonstration during the exhibition – painting without brushes. i’ll be working on some paintings whilst there and will be available to answer any questions on my painting methods, which includes not using regular brushes to create the myriad textures of rust, corrosion and mould…

if you are in the area, please do go see this exhibition as there is much more to see, all of the artists exhibiting are highly regarded… it would be impossible to mention everybody, (and sorry, no images)…

michael wiggins incredibly detailed pen & ink drawings are a visual delight, with their optical complexities, imaginary scenes reminiscent of mc escher & piranesi…

lynn hutton has created some intriguing free-standing sculptural pieces using light, fused glass and embedded fragments of textiles to allude to identity & memory loss – i was reminded of radiographs and x-rays…

eleonora knowland’s 3d curved canvases reference the lie of the land and the wider curvature of the earth’s surface in the subtle perceptual shifts of colour, light and atmosphere, whether experienced as sculptural paintings or painterly sculptures…

valerie armstrong’s prints are both playful and dream-like, with imaginary figures and scenes lush with vibrant colours and a cultural richness…

the 11th annual artworks exhibition at blackthorpe barns, is open daily. 10am – 5pm, 11 September to 3 October 2010

i also have some unique, one-off collagraph prints in the breaking ground exhibition at the harleston gallery, 28 august to 25 september 2010…

lastly, i have somewhat neglected the little art giveaway with all the preparation work and finishing off of things for the artworks exhibition – it is not forgotten, but the deadline to win three small postcard paintings will now be extended to 1st october 2010 – to be in with a chance of receiving some free art just visit this blog post

6 Comments

  1. Charles
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I dont know how ‘true’ this is but strands of neurology and anthropology reckons that those of a more melancholy nature notice textures on the immediate ground, as their eyes are more likely to be looking downwards apparently, as this is where the mind is more likely to accesses emotions or feelings, alledgedley when our eyes are in other positions it makes it harder for the brain to access these feelings. eye accessing cues i think its called.Don’t know if its a pseudo-fact but its interesting. Or maybe not! lol

  2. Jazz
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    thanks, that is most interesting…

  3. Jazz
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    GCH kindly pointed out via email that i forgot to mention the artworks ’shop’…

    the artworks exhibition also has a wonderful ‘art shop’ selling artist postcards, handmade cards, editioned prints, both mounted and framed, original drawings, small paintings and sculptural pieces… if you really admire the artist’s work but can’t quite afford the works in the main exhibition then there will likely be smaller works created by them in the artworks shop… and you can buy the art and take it home straightaway – there is always extra artstock to replenish the art displays, so if you see something you like it is best to purchase there and then – the artworks shop is always very popular with exhibition visitors… and there is a little cafe too…

    artworks has decided that giclee prints are not allowed in our exhibitions as they are mass-produced and are not quintessentially ‘handmade’, crafted or created by the artist – so you can be assured that any artist prints you purchase are made directly by the artist using traditional and respected printmaking techniques…

  4. Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Very beautiful work in a wonderful environment; again reflecting the visual ‘man made’ element of the surroundings; actually within those surrounds; like an almost double parady/visual deceit?
    The work looks fantastic & i think the electricity socket may be the catalyst for the lighting; did you look how i presented my recent work via a bespoke built plinth underlit? encasing my view of the corrosive in what will not.

  5. Stan
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Could it be argued that some of your less painterly paintings, and I refer to the Lichen and stone ones – are actually Hyper Realist? How would you feel about these works being called hyper realist?

  6. Jazz
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    thank you mr stan (!!)

    no, don’t think so – as the ‘lichens on stone’ are not lichens in an illustrative or botanical sense. i do not paint from photographs – they are visual impressions, as i sense and ‘feel’ it, filtered through my own experience and memory.