Yearly Archives: 2016

one hundred square feet : project/exhibition

Saturday 3 September 2016

100 square feet: my story… there were two versions. summarised over nine photographs:

[in the beginning]


the start of one hundred and one monoprints on white paper, utilising the raised grain of the wood panel. long days in heat of the summer. pastel shades.


staying in the shade, pale and interesting, printing and painting in a north-facing room.


the stained and patinated wood panel at the end of the day.

another day, start all over again… on black paper.


blockwork. brickwork. fieldwork. combining, harvesting. squares within squares. a limited palette of black, red and gold (with some white).


back to the wooden panel, the palette du jour.


stacked, signed and numbered: 101 square paintings for the exhibition’s box sets.


the surface of the palette as a work of art: paint it black, 15cm frame, 10cm window, gold leaf, hinge…


composition gold leaf on the reverse (or front) of the wooden panel; it’s an icon. add a d-ring fixture to hang it on the wall.


it hangs at a angle with weight of the frame on one side, and protrudes from the wall due to chiselled edge, with the intention that the gold leaf will subtly reflect back onto the white wall.

i have titled it black square 2016. my work is done.

[the end]


100 Square Feet: A collaborative art project organised and curated by Paul Cope with Joanna Barfield, celebrating 50 Years of Art at the Halesworth Gallery 1966-2016.

One hundred artists were each given a square piece of wood to utilise as they wished to create a work of art for the planned exhibition. Each artist has also made 101 small artworks measuring 15cm sqaure (as prints, multiples or unique pieces), and each artist will receive a box of 100 artworks at the end of the exhibition, with the 101st box displayed in the gallery as the top prize in a raffle for the charity SightSavers.

100 Square Feet
20 August to 7 September 2016
Halesworth Gallery
Steeple End
IP19 8LL

The exhibition is open 11am – 5pm weekdays and Saturdays, Sundays 2pm to 4pm.

little gems

Monday 22 August 2016

i was invited to contribute some of my work to an exhibition entitled ‘Little Gems’, which has been organised by the HWAT Art Collective in collaboration with the International Mini-Prints touring exhibition – aka The 36th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2016 – at Wingfield Barns in Suffolk.

the International Mini-Prints touring exhibition was established in 1981, and the website includes an archive of previous exhibitions and participants, which provides an excellent overview of prints and printmaking (the images might take a long time to download on a mobile device).

the exhibition at wingfield quietly demonstrates the craft and creativity in genuine ‘hands-on’ printmaking, a world away from reproduction gicleés (posters and cards) which are often marketed as ‘fine art’ prints. many of the diminutive, charming and exquisite prints on show at wingfield have already sold, but there will be some ‘hidden gems’…

my painting/collage in the adjoining ‘Little Gems‘ exhibition exactly matches the size constraints of the Mini-Prints International, as it is under 10cm square within a frame 18cm x 18cm.  see ‘Little House’ [above].

sad to see the village inn (the de la pole arms, across from the church) has closed. nearby is wingfield college and the remains of a castle.

Little Gems / International MiniPrints of Cadaqués 2016
Wingfield Barns
IP21 5RA
Friday 12 August – Sunday 11 September 2017
(closed mondays/tuesdays)

**Wingfield Barns is open wednesday to sunday from 11am to 4pm.The café is open thursday to sunday, but closes on sunday 28 August, after which self-service tea and & coffee will be available in the main gallery.

cley 16 contemporary art exhibition

Monday 11 July 2016

four photographs i have taken at cley 16 art exhibition, on now in cley-next-the sea in north norfolk. i have three small works in this show.





cley 16 exhibition is open daily [10am – 5.30pm] throughout july to 7 august 2016.

Cley 16 Contemporary Art: In Norfolk Now
7 July – 7 August 2016
St Margaret’s Church
North Norfolk

There is also an extensive programme of events, including creative workshops, musical concerts, curator talks and seminars. Visit website for full details on the exhibition and events programme:

Each year, a new curator is invited to curate the show. In early 2016 Hugh Pilkington, artist, curator, critic and award-winning architect, selected seventy three artists from two hundred artist applications, which is a record number of applicants and artists for this renowned annual exhibition. Cley 16 coincides with the British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts.