Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Paper: Saatchi Gallery

The Summer show at Cambridge Contemporary Art opened yesterday, and I was interested in seeing this show at the Saatchi Gallery about other artists who also work with paper, so jumped on my bike and cycled over to the King's Road. The Saatchi Gallery is a really nice exhibition space and the show, was I think, a mixed bag with some pieces which were really weak, or had a tenuous link with the paper theme, and others that really inspired me. I feel the curator could have created a stronger show by including internationally known paper artists like Peter Callesen, perhaps. Amongst my favourites in the show however were:-

Eric Manigaud who creates these amazing drawings from old photographs which are enlarged to larger than life scale. Manigaud shows masterly control in his use of shade, tone, and concentration when working on such a huge scale.

Jodie Carey takes copies of the Daily Mail and recycles them to make these fantastic flower arrangements below, which she then stains with tea, coffee and blood etc. to create something sculptural and stunning, but also slightly sinister.

Jose Lerma & Hector Madera made an impact with this massive bust of the former boxer Emmanuel Augustus which I thought was playful and fun. It looks as if he has gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson with the crumpled finish of the paper and those wonky lips.

Marcelo Jacome created what was probably my favourite piece in the exhibition shown below. Planos-pipas is an assemblage of paper kites which adds a flight of fancy, and some colour to the show. It uses the gallery space really well, and reminds me of a dragon or serpent snaking its way through the gallery. I would like to see it animated or given movement in some way.

Paper at The Saatchi Gallery continues until September 29th.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summer Show Cambridge Contemporary Art

I am delighted to have been invited to exhibit once again at the Summer show of Cambridge Contemporary Art gallery. I made the trip up to Cambridge earlier last week to deliver the artwork, and there are a couple of new pieces that they will be exhibiting for me for the duration of the exhibition. The Summer Show runs from next Monday 29th July until 1st September 2013.

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU Tel: 01223 324 222

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Urban Art 2

Many thanks to everybody (friends old and new), who made the effort to come and visit me (and the other artists exhibiting), at Urban Art at the weekend. The weather was absolutely scorching, (which was a contrast to the previous 2 years where we were rained on mercilessly), but my pitch was luckily shaded under a big, cool tree. A particularly big thank you to those who bought or commissioned work. I shall get busy, and start snipping away soon. It was good to meet more of the other artists exhibiting also, and I hope to be sharing news of a new exhibiting opportunity that I was presented with soon. Thanks again.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Urban Art 2013

I will be taking part in Urban Art 2013, at Josephine Avenue, Brixton SW2, again this year, and as usual I will have a selection of original papercuts, limited edition lasercuts, screen prints and archival inkjet prints for sale. Hope to see you there. Do come up and say hello if you can make it, as it is always good to meet the people who buy and commission my work. Fingers crossed for dry, sunny weather this year.

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Whilst in Greenwich I popped into the National Maritime Museum. Of all the naval memorabilia on display my favourites are the ship figureheads. They are such great examples of a now sadly lost, popular art. It is thought that they first appeared on Viking ships (AD 800-1100), to ward off evil spirits, but were adopted on most ships in the 16th century. As figureheads got more extravagant and heavier, they affected the sailing ability of the ships so badly that they were made dramatically smaller, or abolished altogether around 1800. These are some really impressive examples, beautifully carved and painted.