I saw a couple of interesting art shows recently. One the bombastically titled “The Suicide of Painting” a show of Valencian artist Alemany Uiso’s recent work. And the other a series of dances performed throughout the IVAM Modern Art Gallery by Terrain a contemporary dance company directed by Boris Charmatz. Both got me thinking about the idea of ‘breaking the frame’. Continue reading “Breaking the Frame”
Inspired by funny shape skies between the buildings of Valencia. Here is where things started: Continue reading “Building Paintings”
Anna-Eva Bergman (1909 – 1989) was a Norwegian artist who lived most of her life in France. This show focused on her mega abstract canvases inspired by her travels in Norway, France and Spain. Continue reading “‘From North to South, Rhythms’ – Anna-Eva Bergman”
Recently I had an enjoyable afternoon doing some basic colour experiments …
This panel looks quite simple. Like there’s not much to it, or to think about. But actually I discovered quite a lot, the more I stared at it and analysed things. Continue reading “Colour Experiments”
My first bash at painting on canvas. I found a pretty hideous canvas on the street last year and knew it was due a transformation … Continue reading “Cabanyal Canvas”
‘Aguafuerte’ in Spanish, ‘Eau-forte’ in French – both feel punchy, literally translating as something like ‘strong water’. The English translation however is ‘etching’. Somewhat less dramatic, conjuring up, for me at least, images of Victorian men labouring in poor light over dingy reproductions.
It is however nothing of the sort and is my new favourite printing technique – entirely living up to its dramatic Spanish name. So here goes step by step … Continue reading “Adventures in Aguafuerte”
I love the way the human brain can conjure up connections between seemingly disparate things. Thoughts, ideas and suggestions can present themselves at strange times. And if I’m lucky these thoughts may start to coalesce into what I call a ‘thought noodle’. A wiggly but interesting path between unexpected things. Continue reading “From Brassbands to Conceptual Art”
My second print series, again using the drypoint technique, but this time working with two plates! You can see below my original drawing (top right) and the two plates I prepared for this print.
I liked the result, but in some ways it felt quite meek and the wall textures not entirely satisfactory. So I decided to work into the plates a bit more Continue reading “Through the Venetian Window”