In homage to one of my biggest inspirations, John Cage on what would have been his 106th birthday (yesterday) here is one of my pieces from 2016 replicating his indeterminate processes from his Ryoanji series of prints. On art, Cage said; “Art is a way of life. It is for all the world like taking a bus, picking flowers, making love, sweeping the floor, getting bitten by a monkey, reading a book, etc…Art is not separate from life (nor is dish-washing when it is done in this spirit)”.
In belated homage to Phillip Guston on his birthday, (27/6/1913) here is my piece from 2017, inspired by his zen Buddhist inspired ink work. On the nature of painting in the studio, Guston said; “when you’re in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you – your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics… and one by one if you’re really painting, they walk out. And if you’re really painting YOU walk out”
To pay homage and mark the day of Willem De kooning’s birth, today in 1904, here are two of my pieces from 2010/11 responding to his abstract expressive handling of figurative content and themes. On the nature of painting, De Kooning said “Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again”
To mark what would have been Richard Diebenkorns birthday today, here is a collaboration piece I recently completed with @tom_voyce in homage to him. On abstraction and painting Diebenkorn said; “All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression. To call this expression abstract seems to me often to confuse the issue. Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract… a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts” Continue reading
In homage to Peter Lanyon on what would have been his 100th birthday. This is my piece from 2009 ‘Tanybwlch 1’ heavily influenced by his work. Referring to the theme of landscape in his work he said; “…these things take us into the places where our trial is with forces greater than ourselves, where skill and training and courage combine to make us transcend our ordinary lives.” Continue reading
In homage to Jackson Pollock on what would have been his 106th birthday today. Here’s my pieces from 2017 in response to his late ‘black pour’ paintings. His wife and fellow painter Lee Krasner described this new aesthetic as “Painting with the immediacy of drawing”