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seven ways at wymondham arts centre

Thursday 31 May 2012

wymondham arts centre - seven ways exhibition - jazz green

Four very small paintings in the Seven Ways art exhibition, which has just opened at Wymondham* Arts Centre.

wymondham arts centre - seven ways exhibition - jazz green

My large painting, lichenscape, and some of my wabi sabi relic bowls on display…

wymondham arts centre - seven ways exhibition - farmscape paintings - jazz green

four farmscape paintings…

Seven Ways features the work of seven contemporary East Anglian artists, united by friendship and their connection to the Waveney Valley.

The seven artists in ‘Seven Ways’ are: Nell Close, Clare Cummins, Miles Fairhurst, Jazz Green, Richard Hunter, Dee Nickerson and Julie Noad.

wymondham arts centre - seven ways exhibition

Seven Ways promises to be an engaging and eclectic art exhibition, showcasing the seven artists very different approaches – from gentle observations of country ways, musical elements of still life, scenes of nature, landscape and skies to bold abstract forms and textures of the earth.

The exhibition ‘Seven Ways’ at Wymondham Arts Centre is open daily from 29th May to 10th June 2012: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 12 noon – 5pm.

wymondham arts centre - beckets chapel

Wymondham Arts Centre is located in Becket’s Chapel, the second oldest building in the town of Wymondham, founded as a chantry in 1174 by William D’Albini, the grandson of William D’Albini who founded Wymondham Abbey. Read more about the history of Becket’s Chapel.

29 May to 10 June 2012

Wymondham Arts Centre
Becket’s Chapel
Church Street
Norfolk NR18 OPH

Update:  some more pictures of the ‘Seven Ways’ art exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre, closes Sunday 10th June, 2012…

[ceramics by Clare Cummins, paintings by Miles Fairhurst]

[paintings by Dee Nickerson]

[still life paintings by Nell Close]


* A courtesy note from the artist: Wymondham is pronounced windh’um, not wy-mond-ham as might be expected…

lichenscape, a material world in macro

Sunday 19 June 2011

lichenscape I is one of my recent paintings, currently on show in an art exhibition at the harleston gallery, norfolk. here is the painting in situ, above a dark grey marble fireplace in one of the upper galleries…

lichenscape painting by artist jazz green - harleston gallery norfolk 2011

[lichenscape I, harleston gallery, norfolk]

lichenscape lichens abstract painting by jazz green - harleston gallery norfolk july 2011

at the recent preview evening someone saw a similarity in the material surface elements of lichenscape to a scientific image which was published in the guardian newspaper that very same day! (friday) – an image taken by the nasa hubble space telescope of the distant galaxy Centaurus A

‘Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.

The warped shape of Centaurus A’s disk of gas and dust is evidence for a past collision and merger with another galaxy. The resulting shockwaves cause hydrogen gas clouds to compress, triggering a firestorm of new star formation. These are visible in the red patches in this Hubble close-up.

At a distance of just over 11 million light-years, Centaurus A contains the closest active galactic nucleus to Earth. The center is home for a supermassive black hole that ejects jets of high-speed gas into space, but neither the supermassive or the jets are visible in this image.’
© NASA 2011

hubble space telescope - centaurus A
Image © NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage

[new stars born into a distant galaxy, and there’s a ‘supermassive’ black hole in there, somewhere]

so, this serendipitous, inter-stellar connection has signalled the opportunity to take a closer look at the cosmic surface of this painting…

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of surface textures of painting

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of surface textures - lichen weathering on walls

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of weathered surface textures

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of surface textures of painting

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of surface textures - decay, lichen on walls

lichenscape by jazz green - detail of surface textures of abstract painting - cosmos, material worlds

lichenscape by jazz green - surface elements - lichen textures on painting

lichenscape by jazz green - surface elements of abstract painting - lichen on walls - material worlds

lichenscape - lichen textures - abstract painting - decay elements

my visual influences are many & varied, including the natural, microscopic and biological world, but equally satellite images of the earth and outer space. the link to a faraway galaxy is perhaps a tenuous one to make for this painting, but when i have observed the intricate patterns of mould, algae or lichens growing on a surface i am always reminded of the visual comparisons and sychronicity between such things, even within a discreetly colonised surface there is a small universe all of its own…

such small surface elements are often discovered in places of structural decay or simple neglect, where nature has (naturally enough) taken precedence over the man-made environment, where the material elements of time & nature are etched deep into surfaces, with a sense of solitude or melancholia quietly pervading the scene. i am also intrigued by how seemingly abandoned places are very much ‘alive’ and ‘active’ and resonate with a hidden history…

thinking back to the expanding universe and the cosmos, also caused me to think again of a painting in the tate modern art collection, cosmos and disaster by david alfaro siqueiros.

david alfaro siqueiros - cosmos and disaster 1936, tate modern london

Cosmos and Disaster (Cosmos y desastre) circa 1936. Duco, Pyroxilin, sand, wood on copper mesh over plywood
© Tate/Estate of David Alfaro Siqueiros

duco is a brand of enamel paint and pyroxilin cellulose car paint. it is a painting in which the use of unconventional materials (at the time) seem to give birth to the image, arising out of the process of painting, and yet the artist must have had some initial concepts in its making beforehand – as if the multitude of personal thoughts and feelings surfaced and directed the outcome of the painting. siqueiros ran experimental painting workshops in new york city at around the time of this painting, and one of his students was jackson pollock.

i think i work in a similar way, having in my mind the essence of a ‘subject’ and the materials & processes to realise it, but the conclusion of the work is arrived at through the material engagement with process. i like to discover or unearth small incidents along the way – but i erase things too. the lower left of lichenscape was later blocked out, but some underlying texture still shows through when light hits the surface.

i should like to tackle this subject again (from mould, decay, lichens), to take it forward into more ambitious, larger scale works (but i would need some money and a much larger studio to pursue this!). it is a subject immersed in the material elements of the environment, but like appearance, metaphor and meaning in art, the narrative is subjective, generative and varied.

sadly, lichenscape II (a more muted grey painting) did not survive my long-term ‘critical eye’ and it now resides in a tray in sixteen very ragged canvas pieces… perhaps something new will materialise out of this random act of destruction?

lichenscape I, abstract painting by artist jazz green - not selected for elements material worlds art exhibition, forum norwich, july 2011
lichenscape I, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 95cm x 95cm

are there any questions..?

lichenscape I is currently on show at the Harleston Gallery norfolk, from 18 June to 11 July 2011

current exhibitions

Reunion Refresh @ Reunion Gallery, 5 Feb – 22 Oct 2011

HWAT exhibition 2011 @ Harleston Gallery, 18 June to 11 July 2011

on artworks and new paintings

Saturday 11 September 2010

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