Monthly Archives: August 2011

on a broken art

Saturday 27 August 2011

this is one of a new series (small relics). there were originally twelve relics but now only eleven remain (this may be significant). these are close-up views of one fragmental, encrusted relic in greyscale, which reflects my concerns in the making of them…

relic fragment art

this is part of the imperfect circle project idea begun sometime in 2010, as one means of breaking away from the format of the square.

art relic fragment - mixed media art

this circle project was resurrected at easter. one could call this work quite sculptural, but it is not a sculpture, it is an object, or the fractured remains of one. i have enjoyed my virtual visits to the british museum. if i have the good fortune of selling this piece then maybe i should actually go to london for a day out, as ruralism is slowly getting to me…

broken relic fragment - art

a relic is an object or fragment from the past which has significance, meaning or value, sometimes religious. finding or unearthing fragments implies something was hidden or perhaps abandoned. fragments are retrieved and they can sometimes be pieced together to be viewed as nearly whole again in a new context – but the complete story might never be revealed. so, one might be tempted to create new stories to fill in the gaps…

art relic fragment

these relics have come to symbolise many things, the significant events which influenced my thoughts at the time, and the unique circumstances which the passage of time had offered them. they have become small reminders of the actions of the past, rediscovered and re-evaluated in the present. if i am the original creator then i am at liberty to validate them as meaningful objects – but perhaps i am being intentionally reticent here as a means of defence…

broken relic art circle - mixed media art

there are some material & ecological resonances with the series of small papier mache vessels i created earlier this year…

alongside the circle prints/experiments from last year, i have also unearthed some (possibly) related sketchbook drawings, doodles and even some etchings (connecting the past to the present)…

here are some related words that started off the imperfect circle project: liminality, on the brink, breaking point, success, failure, something, nothing, beautiful, ugly, perfect, flawed, forgotten, remembered, incomplete, whole, insignificant, valued, sacred, discarded, lost, saved, broken, mended…

broken relic fragment

detail of (a) broken (relic), mixed media, 2011

broken relic fragment


artworks exhibition, blackthorpe barn, rougham, suffolk, 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)

Artworks is a professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. Each September we have an annual exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk.

some new work also currently on show at Reunion Gallery’s ‘Refresh’ tenth anniversary exhibition on now and until 22 Oct 2011


Monday 22 August 2011

i have been looking through a (not so black) hole again. from this secret perspective this painting’s surface looks rather like a malformed, distant planet…

earthbound surface, eroded textured abstract part on panel

somewhere high above, looking through a porthole, slowly coming into land (again)…

painting earthbound surface, eroded textured abstract art on panel

and below, closer to terra firma

paintings sculpture earthbound surface, eroded textured abstract painting on panel

earthbound painting surface, mixed media abstract earth paintings on panel

earth/bound II, 2011, 30cm x 30cm, mixed media on panel

earth/bound II is one of a series of new works on panel, and this work will be included in the annual artworks exhibition, a group exhibition of the work of thirty East Anglian artists, which runs from 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)…

why have i called this work ‘earth/bound’? (with a forward slash, denoting and/or)

put simply, its matter is of the earth, it is both created from the earth and it goes back to the earth – and here it appears to be grounded. bound is an intriguing word in the english language because as well as implying containment or enclosure, something confined or restricted, or bound by the ties of duty or responsibility, conversely it also implies a free or sudden movement, bounding off, heading off, towards or travelling back. this mix of meanings and interpretations seemed very relevant, in the strata or layers of personal significance, the context of its making is everything – but there is also something else breaking through the surface (something for another day).

i have only shown a small glimpse of this work in progress so as to generate some intrigue prior to the opening of the artworks exhibition. i am looking forward to showing some new artwork in 2011. i am not sure if this work, ‘earth/bound‘ should really be termed a painting, as it is more of a wall-based carved relief or construction, a flat(tened) sculpture.

imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.

carl sagan

if you are intrigued to see the ‘whole’ of ‘earth/bound‘, you might have to visit the 12th annual artworks exhibition (where there will also be new art from twenty nine other east anglian artists).

entry to the artworks exhibition is free and there is lots of free parking. there will also be a smaller gallery ‘shop’ with a dynamic display of small paintings, original prints, drawings, collage, glass, ceramics and a range of artist cards for sale.

earthbound painting surface, eroded textured abstract painting on panel

earth/bound II, 2011, 30cm x 30cm, mixed media relief on panel

two earthbound art panel paintings, white wall display

artworks annual exhibition, blackthorpe barn, rougham, suffolk, 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)

Artworks is a professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. Each September we have an annual showcase exhibition in the historic setting of Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk.

p.s. i also have some new pieces of work in the Reunion Gallery’s ‘Refresh’ tenth anniversary exhibition, on right now up until 22 Oct 2011 (it’s a fabulous contemporary art space run by two professional artists, verena daniels & pat todd, who work in glass and ceramics respectively).

on going green, again

Monday 15 August 2011

introducing three new small works on wood panel, entitled (out of the) wood/shed I, II and III…

for a little intrigue & mystery i thought i would covertly spy on my own art…

trying to get a closer look at the intricate works of green… what are they and how is it done?

well, from wood to pulp to paper to pulp to wood, with an etching tool, some oil pigment and a little linseed oil… there is something of the aesthetic of decay about them but we might also call them modern abstract paintings for now… it seems that all of my drawing in the woods influenced the making of these works, albeit in a less than conventional way…

[tree bark, sketchbook, drawing in the woods, september 2009]

this is an experiential walk into the woods (i don’t recall much of the sky)… i went into the woods to escape and be immersed… it is really about life within life, small, transient, fleeting, the slowness of process, a quiet reminder of the nature of things… and it seemed natural to work with just wood and paper…

wood mould bark decay green

i am just looking at the edges (again, an obsession of mine)… and wondering if the sides should be painted white to contrast with the dark wood wall (on which they will be hung)… or perhaps matt black? or the deepest, darkest green? (but no tarnished gold this time)…

woods bark decay green

it’s a many green textured and decaying thing (again)… green can be a difficult colour to work with but i rather like it as it signifies life, change and constant renewal… i hope to make art that expresses what it ‘feels like’, as the experience is not a perfect picture, it becomes a personal memory born out of many psychological factors, beyond the visual…

wood shed decay green bark textured abstract paintings triptych on panels

(out of the) wood/shed I, II and III, 2011, paper and oil on wood

these three small paintings (or works on wood) will be exhibited along with seven more works (of mine, along with many other works by the other paticipating artists) at the forthcoming artworks art group exhibition at blackthorpe barn in central suffolk, which runs from 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)…

people i know often tell me that they read this ‘blog’ and so if on reading this you have not been to an artworks exhibition before and would like to attend the special private view evening in early september, then please email me and i will make sure that you receive an invite. thank you to all those that have shown support for my art, especially over the last few difficult months – it means a lot.

this will be my second year exhibiting with the artworks group and this year i will have ten small works in the show. i am looking forward to the opportunity of showing some of my art in this popular annual art exhibition.

wood shed decay green bark textured abstract painting on panel

artworks exhibition, blackthorpe barn, suffolk, 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)

Artworks is a dynamic professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. Each September we have a showcase exhibition at the historic Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk.