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Cambridge Drawing Society

I will be displaying a new oil-on-canvas paper painting at The Cambridge Drawing Society in October. 2011.

Shifts, oil on canvas paper, framed in birch wood.

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Moody Marshes Artslant 5th round showcase winner.

A lovely surprise that Moody Marshes is a showcase round winner in the Artslant London juried competition.  I will wait and see what happens...

 

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The Cass Business School

From mid-November I will have 6 paintings on show at The Cass Business School, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB.  The paintings will be displayed for 6 months and will be available for purchase.

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Cambridge Christmas 11

Cambridge Christmas 11 is shaping up nicely.  I started this event in 2008 and it has grown steadily since then.  This year I decided not to exhibit due to other work commitments, but I am organizing it.  There is now a website and I am delighted to reveal the invitation, designed by Alison Hullyer and hot off the press!

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Gallery representation

From October 2011 I will be represented by Cambridge Contemporary Art.  I am very excited about this and I am looking forward to exhibiting some of my oil on wood panels during their Christmas exhibition.  Watch this space:-)

 

 

 

 

David Hockney

I am a big fan of David Hockney and loved this recent BBC interview with him.  He hits the nail on the head when he talks about how we really look at the world.

 

 

 

 

Cambridge Christmas 11

This year I will not be exhibiting at The Cambridge Christmas 11 show but I am organising the annual event for fifteen local arts and crafts professionals. On Monday 21 November 2011 from 4 pm until 9 pm you will be able to purchase work from the local talents of:

Katharina Klug, Ceramicist
Amanda MacPhail, Ceramics
Daniela Stief, pottery
Alison Tait, stained glass
Claire Howieson, Jewellery
Abi Cochran, Jewellery
Tricia Taylor, Jewellery
Janet Powell, Jewellery
Marieke Hordyk, Jewellery
Rebecca Ilett, Jeweller and Sculptor
Birgitte Bruun, Silver Jeweller
Hannah Collins, Bespoke Jeweller
Jessie Hymas, Textile Designer
Roxana De Rond Illustrator
Anna Nilsen, Children's author and illustrator
Alison Hullyer, Printmaker
Rhiannon Thomas, Textile Artist

For more information keep an eye on the Cambridge Christmas 11 website.

The Calling of St Matthew, Rome August 2011

CallingOfStMatthewSanLuigideiFrancesiRome11.jpgI have been away for the last few weeks visiting Lazio and Umbria. During my travels I made a special trip to see one of my favourite paintings. The Calling of St Matthew, by Caravaggio hangs in the San Luigi dei Francesi church in Rome. Having seen it in magazines and books for so many years and then to see it in all it's glory was truly wonderful. Caravaggio's use of light and drama is awe-inspiring. Three of his paintings sit together; The Calling of Saint Matthew is the one on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview

Interview with Noel Garner

Here is the video of an interview of me done by Noel Garner, founder of Cambridge Art Academy, on the advantages of having one’s own dedicated studio. It’s an excellently put together production, and features some shots of my Open Studios private preview party. I prefer to be behind the camera so I hate seeing myself like this – but enjoy. Visit Noel’s website, too, since he is looking to turn these sort of interviews into a commercial venture.

 

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Mounted, unframed original paintings at Frameworks

I have fourteen mounted original paintings available for purchase at Frameworks, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

Gallery and studio opening hours

Administrative

My gallery and studio are open during weekdays and some weekend hours until mid-August and then I re-open in September 2011.  Please contact me if you would like a private viewing of my latest work.

Cambridge Open Studios opening day and private party 2011

Open Studios Event

We had roughly 350 people through the doors during our only weekend opening for Cambridge Open Studios.

Here are a few photos from the day and our private party on Saturday evening.  David and Rosemary from So Mango performed for us which made it extra special.

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Cambridge Open Studios 2011

We are now ready to go for tomorrow.  Opening hours are from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July.  Please check the Cambridge Open Studios website for directions and further information.

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Cambridge Open Studios 2011

Putting the show together.

Only two more days to go before our Open Studios show.  Joining me this year are Paul Rodhouse, who specialises in Antarctic scenes, and Craig Kerrecoe, an abstract painter and printmaker who shared my space last year.

For 2011 I have quite a lot of small original works for sale.  Here are a few images to whet your appetite. I hope to see you there!

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Display at Heffers bookshop, Trinity St, Cambridge

Joint exhibition

Memories of Summer, an original oil on canvas painting, 63 x 63 cm, is currently on display at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge.  Other Cambridge Open Studios exhibitors are Maureen Mace, Henri Schmitt, Helena Alexandra Reut, Paul Rodhouse and Sonia Villiers.  All details on the artists can be found in the guide and on the Cambridge Open Sudios website.

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Recent interview by Karen Jinks

In the Press.

Karen Jinks of Cambridge Creative Network recently came to interview me during the lead up of my Cambridge Open Studios show.

Here it is.

A Loaded Question

...or why I do what I do.

 

I was recently asked why do I do what I do.  Why do I paint landscapes that are not representational but still powerfully evocative?

I rarely place objects or people in my landscapes which is in itself interesting, considering a large part of my adult life has been consumed with dealing with their emotional complexities and well being. I do find people fascinating and love to look at figurative paintings; however I have no desire to express life's joys and anxieties in my work. I am, though, interested in my surroundings and how the landscape around us is just as complex as a person. I want the viewer to stop for a moment, look at the painting, see beyond its apparent simplicity, and find something of themselves in it.

I live in a small city, full of the old traditions, yet still young, vibrant and constantly re-inventing itself. Yet I love to drive out of it, away from the noise and excitement that the city brings. I like to stop. Look. Breathe. Contemplate. Distill. I will then take photographs and sketch, which I then use as inspiration when I'm back in the studio. However it is primarily my memory that triggers my work. I can close my eyes and remember where I was, what the weather was like, the colours, the sounds and the smell of earth. I suppose that is why deserted locations are one of my favourite places to be visit, and why they feature in many of my paintings. They are wonderfully silent places which force my senses to absorb the surroundings, only to re-emerge on my canvas sometime later.

As an artist I am constantly pushing myself to experiment and take risks. Although there are moments when it all becomes too hard and you ask yourself the question 'Why do I do what I do' ? There is no complete answer to this question. I suppose the day that I feel I have answered it is the day I'll probably stop painting.

Cambridge Open Studios 2011 - Paul Rodhouse

Paul Rodhouse exhibiting with me.

 

Paul Rodhouse has exhibited with Cambridge Open Studios for many years.  This year Paul is exhibiting with me here at my gallery and studio at Highworth Avenue on the 9th and 10th July 2011. Paul is a scientist whose research takes him to the Antarctic where he finds the inspiration for many of his paintings in which he captures the light, the abstract shapes and the sheer majesty of the southern polar region of our fragile planet. Paul works in acrylic and oil on medium to large sized canvases or board.

Here are a few samples of his work.

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Charity Art Auction at Haddenham Galleries

Helping at a Charity Auction.

 

On Saturday 16th July 2011 from 6:30 until 8:30pm I will be participating in an art exhibition and auction, raising funds for Cam-Mind and the Christina Noble Children's Foundation. Over 25 local artists are participating by donating pieces to be auctioned off, and these include paintings, prints, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, drawings and illustration. There will also be food, drink, a message from Keith Evans, the Chairman of Cam-Mind, and live entertainment, as well as the opportunity to explore the beautiful setting of Haddenham Galleries.

If you are unable to attend on the 16th July but would still like to bid on something from the collection, go to the I Think Therefore I Ambulance website which also supports online bidding. Simply enter your maximum bid for each item and we'll do all the hard work for you on the night!

So Mango Gig

So Mango perform at the Portland Arms

The four-member band So Mango performed at the quirky small venue The Portland Arms on Friday 10th June. David and Rosemary, photographed here, will be performing at my Open Studios private party. The evening was raising money for the Chesterton Community College Bus appeal. It was an excellent evening!

 

 

 

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