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more pictures at another exhibition

Saturday 18 June 2011

last weekend i delivered twelve paintings to be exhibited in the 2011 HWAT* art exhibition – including my large painting ‘lichenscape‘ (or liken-scape, based on my liking of lichens) which seemed to suit the spot above a dark grey marble fireplace. these are different paintings to the ones recently exhibited in six abstract painters at the halesworth gallery.

in this exhibition, the paintings are mostly dark blue, brown, violet and grey in colour, a more subdued palette – perfect for a british summer (which obviously began this week, heralded in by much falling of raindrops)…

modern textural abstracts on canvas and panel, rust stone weathered textures

six paintings waiting patiently; edgescape meld/rain (left) and voda (right), and four small edgescape paintings on constructed panels.

sometimes it seems like a very long & arduous journey from the beginning of creating paintings to having a cohesive & meaningful exhibition of them.

two small abstract paintings on panel, weathered stone and rust, eroded textures

edgescape #29 and 30, mixed media on panel, 23cm x 23cm

i am very pleased to be showing some of my art as a guest artist along with the environmental artist jane ivimey in HWAT 2011. it’s a creative contrast that works really well as there are some interesting, small similarites in subject matter, colour palette and materials. jane ivimey has spent the last few years in new zealand and is very involved in conservation & environmental issues in her work.

this year’s HWAT art exhibition has been expertly curated by caryl challis (the gallery owner) and the artists david page and jane german. i took these pictures of my work in the gallery last weekend when the show was being hung – the tags are left visible to assist placing the corresponding exhibition labels.

meld rain abstract painting with two small textured rust abstracts

meld/rain, 2008 and two small edgescapes #30 and #26

the harleston gallery is located in a listed georgian building (it’s an old bank building) and it has two very light and spacious exhibition gallery rooms upstairs. on the ground floor there is a more informal café gallery, with a colourful & eclectic mix of art on display, including the popular, ever-changing wall of mini-works (all these artworks are priced under £50). this year the gallery is celebrating its tenth anniversary in business as a venue for contemporary art & crafts, with much of the art in show by professional artists based in the region and some works from further afield.

from today (saturday) and for the next three to four weeks the harleston gallery will be hosting the annual HWAT art exhibition, featuring artworks from around thirty local, professional artists. this is the special taster exhibition to coincide with the annual Art Trail or open studios, a starting point from which people can plan their visits to the artists’ individual studios. unlike the county-wide open studios this Art Trail is more selective & intimate in scale – all the artists live/work within a ten mile radius of the gallery and HWAT artists are selected by committee. i bowed out of doing the ‘art trail’ again in 2009 so i feel very honoured to be asked back as a guest artist for this year.

abstract painting, textured, rust red brown grey - small work on panel

edgescape #30, mixed media & copper leaf on panel, 2006-2011, 23cm x 23cm

yesterday evening was the exclusive preview of the art exhibition – a very lively & convivial social event, with cava & canapés heartily consumed by a chattering, bustling crowd. it really didn’t matter that it was drizzling with rain outside. many of the artists were in attendance along with alot of other people who i had not met or seen before. i was complimented on my work by many people (which was very nice). some people said that the room in which my work was exhibited had a very calm, contemplative atmosphere (which was also very nice). i will need to go back to take some more pictures of the HWAT exhibition soon. the exhibition opens today and is open daily until 11th july 2011.

abstract painting, textured, stone blue watery violet grey - small work on panel

edgescape #29, mixed media, acrylic & copper leaf on panel, 2006-2011, 23cm x 23cm

some artists make paintings, exhibit and sell the work within weeks – i am not a fast-track artist; my paintings evolve very slowly & methodically – sometimes i subtly edit them if they are stuck with me for too long – it’s that sense of a history in the surface, forever changing. many people have told me i should be exhibiting my art in london – such an opportunity would be a joyful thing, but it seems london has more than enough contemporary art to deal with (and far too many artists competing for limited exposure).

i find it comforting to live & work here in the rural hinterland, but sometimes demoralising not to have as many exhibition opportunities as i would like – rocks, hard places and the places between come to mind. often, i wish i lived in a much larger house with more open & expansive views of the landscape as i think that a sense of being physically restricted, detached or just ‘hemmed-in’ is quite evident in my work. sometimes i see places on my journeys and think it would be quite nice to live there, life would change, one could do this or that – as i suppose we all do.

blue white grey stone textured painting, voda waterfall, small works on panel, textured, weathered

little & large… shown left voda, right edgescape #24 and #29

the series of large edgescape paintings on canvas (meld/rain and voda are in this exhibition) were started in early 2008. in late october 2008 they were couriered off to the capital city of london for display in centrepoint tower (a notable, tall office building situated on the corner of oxford street & tottenham court road). a few days later there was a financial crisis in the city and the paintings returned in early 2009.

in the summer of 2009 i then showed some of the edgescapes in a farm outbuilding (next door to where the painter dee nickerson lives & works). one of the edgescapes, rost (the fiery red painting) was shown in the 2009 HWAT summer exhibition and it was then selected for the elements exhibition in norwich in early 2010. this series of paintings seem to be moving around like transitory, shifting elements or displaced beings – they have come to be what they once just represented – or perhaps they are just my museum pieces.

pictured below are two of the smaller edgescapes (which were begun in late 2005 to early 2006). they are called edgescapes to suggest the physical and the metaphysical aspects of the environment, where surfaces, edges, borders or boundaries of things seem to shift, merge or dissolve. each time i say this i express it slightly differently because i am always drawing on what’s currently on my mind. borders and boundaries are a factor in my daily life – such as the flowing course of the river and having to cross the watery boundary it geographically makes, passing from one county to another. i had planned today to go by the river but i have spent the afternoon writing this blog instead.

two small abstract paintings - textured, eroded, cool blues and greys

edgescape #24 and #29, mixed media & copper leaf on panel, 2006-2011, 23cm x 23cm

in perception (in drawing, for example) there are no hard, defined edges to things, just changes in colour and tone because things continue around or past the point where you perceive there to be an edge or a line. in these works there is an absense of a clearly defined edge or line on the pictorial surface although there is the implication of one forming or in the making, which is contrasted with the physical boundary or hard edge of the panel (i make these panels myself).

this area, with its fusion of agricultural fields & pasture with woods, lakes, meadows and marshes, inevitably figures in many of the HWAT artists’ artwork. i find it fascinating how we should depict it or draw upon it as a subject or creative influence so very differently.

*HWAT is an acronym of The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail and is, as the artist David Page (a founder member of the HWAT art collective) once pointed out, almost identical in sound and spelling to the first word of the epic poem ‘beowulf‘ – hwæt – which i think approximates in modern terminology to listen up, look here or hear.

i have a copy of seamus heaney’s new translation, and on the book’s cover is a painting by barrie cooke, entitled ‘then rain’ – i like this tenuous link as i have a large painting in this exhibition influenced by days of rain. barrie cooke is represented by the kerlin gallery in dublin – i like all of the artists’ work that the kerlin gallery represents. one day i should like to visit ireland (or eire) – i think that the boggy landscape could be quite inspiring.

small abstract paintings on wood - patterns of mould, fungus, decay

mouldscapes II, I and VII, 2010, mixed media on wood panel, 15cm x 15cm

this week i also received back three of my very small mouldscape paintings (pictured above)- a little too late to be included in the aforementioned HWAT exhibition. so, i guess i’ll being looking after (and at) these little ‘uglies’ for a while… is this the end of the world? well, yes and no… that’s what the work is driven by, really – sensing a slow demise or quiet transition of things…

HWAT exhibition 2011 @ Harleston Gallery 18 June – 11 July 2011

large abstract painting, meld rain by jazz green and two small abstract paintings on wood - harleston gallery

open tuesday to saturday 10am – 4pm, with opening hours extended during the HWAT art trail, saturdays 10am – 6pm, sundays 11am – 6pm. (click the hyperlink for more details)

large abstract painting on canvas, voda by jazz green, blue grey textured - two small abstracts on panel

i hope that if you are in the area you will be tempted to view the HWAT exhibition and also visit some of the artist’s studios on the art trail – hwæt HWAT!

images & text © jazz green 2005-2011

current exhibitions

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

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

mouldscapes, in more detail

Wednesday 22 September 2010

nine mouldscapes; these are mixed media on wood panel, 15cm x 15cm x 4cm…

here are three of the panels, photographed at a jaunty angle…

mouldscape I (side-ish view)


mouldscape II (side-ish view)


mouldscape III (side-ish view)

and all nine mouldscape panels, full on…


mouldscape I


mouldscape II


mouldscape III


mouldscape IV


mouldscape V


mouldscape VI


mouldscape VII


mouldscape VIII


mouldscape IX

these small paintings on panel are currently on view in the artworks exhibition at blackthorpe barn,  open daily. 10am – 5pm, 11 September to 3 October 2010…

why only nine? well, i only managed to complete nine in time for the exhibition – i have plans to do at least twenty five… which would give me more opportunity to develop patinas, textures, surfaces, etc – i also like very much working on this smaller scale – they become extra tactile objects – the gaze extends to the touch…

is it real mould? no! i would never entertain any kind of mould in the house – it can be deadly – no, these are  just creatively adapted from nature…

why mould, exactly? am just endlessly fascinated by things that are simultaneously beautiful, a little bit ugly in the wrong context (or eyes) and equally a little bit in awe of, not quite knowing if it is good or bad, a sign of life or death…  it’s quite existential stuff, really…

perhaps they also act as visual antidotes to all things sterile and clinical in our western culture – and the persistent culture of fear that the media (especially the daily mail) continually perpetuates – and the environmental pollution and health issues that evolve as a result of seeking to eradicate all signs of a natural, biological world… have i said this before? nature is quite cruel really, we must respect its ecology…

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