on decay, in blue, brown and grey

abstract painting - blue, brown, grey

a blue, brown and grey ‘lost and found’ decay painting (detail)

abstract painting - brown decay

a coppery brown ‘lost and found’ decay painting (detail)

brown and grey paintings are quite difficult to sell apparently – probably even less so when they are about decline and decay.

so, my advice is don’t try this at home, as it will only make you miserable and poor (unless you are already quite wealthy and content with life – in which case it will be much more of a novelty).

i think i need to live and work somewhere else…

[artist studio]


[works in progress]


  1. Miles Davies
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Those are beautiful. Because of the subject matter, I don’t think you would have much difficulty selling those even though they are grey and brown. I would happily give them pride of place on any wall in my house. I do not see decline an decay. I see natural rock, stone and a build up of patina which in my eyes is geology and nature at its best. Well done.

  2. Jazz
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    thank you for the comment, much appreciated

  3. C
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I like it when people put their money where their mouth is. Sorry to be so brash and vulgar people, but lets not beat around the bush. ‘Woulda, coulda shoulda’. DO IT!!!! I was very lucky that the Dean of my uni bought two pieces from my recent collection for their archives but Im bracing myself for many, many rejections, failures, negativity as well as hopefully successes. TBF, when I was approached i handled the situation terribly but thats an entirely different matter, and one of experience. So I share your frustrations – another teacher remarked that she would definitely be buying one of my works and never followed up. Its actually quite cruel to the practitioner who nods in appreciation (with gritted teeth). Im sorry but I feel Im making a worthy point. Maybe I’m just angsty today.
    Anyway, in these pieces (as always) I see an awareness of the fragility of existence, a celebration in fact, that comes from their recontextualisation and their philosophical underpinnings which are always thoughtful and clarified well by the artist.

    Incidentally I have decided to produce bodies of purely commercial work with a certain audience in mind whilst pursuing my real practice. But Ill just have to see how that goes.

  4. Jazz
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the ‘angsty’ comment Charles,

    i am doing the ‘paintings’ – the point made about ’sales’ was a general one gleaned from the art media (notice the ‘apparently’) & i was being intentionally sardonic about what others may choose to do & how influenced they are (or not) by current ‘art market’ trends and other commercial factors…

    i don’t know any artists who do ‘purely commercial’ work so can’t comment on that as a money-making strategy… but well done for selling work to your university’s archive (in my day we had to donate work!) & good luck with your future endeavours