One week into lockdown . . .
Well what a week (can it only have been that long?)
Time seems to have slowed down (or maybe expanded?) since lockdown started. We’re all struggling to come to terms with the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. Like many (though not all) artists, I’m in the fortunate position that I can carry on working in my studio at home, and have found it a welcome refuge from the continuing anxieties and uncertainty.
In the week before lockdown, I spent an afternoon drawing outside which was pure joy. For minutes at a time, I could almost believe that nothing had changed. I’ve certainly become more aware of what an important role art can play in providing some respite, even if temporary, whether through making work or observing it.
I’ve been heartened to see so many online projects, as well as initiatives like the Artist Support Pledge, all aimed at supporting fellow artists & encouraging them to keep working in the face of unprecedented adversity. And it’s encouraging to see galleries continue to showcase and promote artists’ work online. Thompsons Galleries were due to open an exhibition of work by 20 New English artists next week (including three of my paintings) but I’m glad to say they’re proceeding with the show, albeit online only: view here.
Some of the things which I’m finding helpful –
• Noticing the signs of spring
• Making short drawings/studies
• Online yoga
• Phoning friends and family
• Trying to focus on small things, like birdsong
• Guilty pleasures: cheese and chocolate mini eggs
Despite having all this extra time, the house remains resolutely untidied, and the garden is as much of a mess as ever . . .
Let’s keep on making and enjoying art; and keep supporting each other.
Take care of yourselves and stay safe,
Past Exhibition: NEAC Exhibition on the Jerram Gallery website (14 March-1 April)
I have five paintings in a New English Art Club exhibition at the Jerram Gallery from 14 March to 1st April. The show also features work from 14 other NEAC members. Here’s the full list of participating artists: Julian Bailey, Louise Balaam, Francis Bowyer, Peter Brown, Tom Coates, Patrick Cullen, Caroline Frood, Benjamin Hope, Mary Jackson, Pamela Kay, Peter Kuhfeld, Richard Pikesley, Sarah Spencer, Robert E Wells, Jenny Wheatley.
In light of recent events, the gallery is currently closed, but the exhibition is still available to view online on the Jerram Gallery website. (Click here to visit)
Past Exhibition: NEAC Exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery, London (11-29 February)
I have four paintings (see below) in an exciting exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery in Mayfair. It features work from 58 New English Art Club members including Ken Howard, Anthony Green, Jane Corsellis, Fred Cuming, Peter Brown, Diana Armfield, Tom Coates and many more great artists. Find out more and view all the works online on the Chris Beetles Gallery website. (Click here to visit).
Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QB. 11-29th February.
Moorland, sky glowing
Soft grey cloud, coast
Last light, Dorset coast
Deep blue cloud (near Zennor)
Past Exhibition: Edinburgh Group Exhibition (2-9 August 2019)
Four of my paintings, as seen below, featured in a group exhibition at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 2-9 August 2019.
The exhibition also included fellow NEAC member artists Peter Brown, Tom Coates, Paul Curtis, Richard Pikesley and Mary Jackson.
Golden light, Mull
From Iona, high cloud
Deep blue, looking back to the land
Past Event: NEAC Annual Exhibition 2019 (ended 22/06/19)
Four of my paintings, as seen below, will feature in the NEAC Annual Exhibition, 14-22 Jun 2019, at Mall Galleries in London. You can preview the whole exhibition online now.
Early Summer, Skylarks Singing (Pentre Ifan)
Thinking about Patrick Heron, Zennor
Moorland, Dark Green and Pale Cloud
Edge of the Land, Cape Cornwall