A Return to Observation: Diebenkorn, Kline and Barnes

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The following pieces are from a body of work I began to explore and develop whilst on my most recent trip to China. The origins of the work stem from a number of lessons I taught, directed at exploring tone. Continue reading

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Studio diary: 20/02

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Painting offers a way of working through an idea. Especially when working through a monochromatic palette without the distraction of colour. Even mindless painting without a clear agenda or goal insight will often generate something poignant or worthy of further exploration. 11th January 2017

I have long since admired Drawing’s immediate nature, Continue reading

M50 Collaboration: Joan Miro v Andy Warhol #3

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December 15th 2014: On my first visit to M50: Shanghai’s contemporary Art district, I spotted an intriguing developing collaboration. Moganshan Road, the main approach to M50 is home to a constantly evolving graffiti wall. The wall consists of layers upon layers of graffiti work that have built up over the years, sometimes with the work completely obliterating underlying layers, and sometimes consisting of integrated layers – resulting in intriguing collaborations. Continue reading

a few of my favourite things #4 : ‘wabi-sabi’

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Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Buddhist philosophy and principle of Japanese aesthetics centred around the ‘perfection’ in im-perfection and transience. The principle can be described as judging beauty in the ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Characteristics of Wabi-Sabi can include; asymmetry, texture and tone, Continue reading

The truth or: how to teach the piano Chinese

 

57-PET~1When visiting The Powerhouse of Art museum in Shanghai China, I was fortunate enough to see a very insightful sound-art installation by the composer Peter Ablinger, and Winfired Ritsch. The piece, entitled: The Truth or: How to teach the Piano Chinese, incorporated a computer controlled piano and screened text. Continue reading