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”
Some notes from my recent visit to PETER DOIG at the Michael Werner gallery in London.
Split between four rooms over two stories, the exhibition marks a refreshing and exciting approach to contemporary art exhibitions whilst offering a valuable and rare insight into the work and processes of a leading contemporary painter. Continue reading
Some thoughts, reflections and observations from todays research meeting.
- Importance of writing about the work as it is being created: tests whether one thoroughly understands the implications of what they’re doing, whilst clarifying and recording the processes by which it is done.
– Keep a diary open at all times so as recording observation and reflection become a continuous process.
The following is an account I have written about the work of my friend and winner of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017. The piece offers an insight and observations on his motivations and working practices. Continue reading
Having created a number of visual pieces in recent months, many of which have been in response to, or using Jackson Pollocks later ‘pour’ paintings as a theme (see previous blog posts) I have been unsure as to the positioning of these pieces within a wider narrative of my current research concerns. Indeed, up to a point I have been unconcerned as to their apparent lack of conceptual context as primarily, they have acted as an outlet through which I have been able to tentatively feel my way back into some sort of a studio practice. Continue reading
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