The Octagon

You have to lie flat on your back to get this shot….or have a very fancy tripod…I chose to be flat on my back….not the most comfortable position! ūüôā

The timber octagon that sits on the tower of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity at Ely is one of the greatest engineering feats of the Middle Ages. Completed in 1334, it weighs around 400 tons. 

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River City (or My Stenographic Significance)

River City (provisional)

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‘River City’ is just¬†a holding name at the¬†moment. I know approximately what I want to say, but haven’t quite found the combination of words that will shed some light on the painting. I know that for some artists, titles for paintings are not necessarily important; some artists even decide to number their work sequentially, particularly with abstract paintings.

For me, a title can add certain qualities to an image, they often¬†act as a bridge between the artist and the viewer. Interestingly, ¬†a¬†random¬†title generator is available free to use (see link below) which can be a lot of fun if you want to create something entirely meaningless and bizarre. I don’t think ‘Secret Ode to Lonely St George’ quite has it………..I’ll keep working on it and let you know how it goes.

The Abstract Art Titlegenerator – Noemata.net

You can see this painting at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge from November 7th Р19th

 

 

 

 

Detail from ‘River City’

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River City

 

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River City

Acrylic painting on canvas 100 x 100 cm

I am currently working on a series of paintings based on the city of Cambridge in the UK.

This is a multi layered mixed media acrylic painting on a high quality canvas frame. I am currently working on a series of paintings based on the city of Cambridge. I don’t believe that we can ever really know a particular place or location, not in a purely objective way, not even through the ‘impartiality’ of a camera lens. There are so many different ways of seeing, understanding and interpreting; our view of the world is a subjective, personal experience.

I have developed these paintings through a sort of conversational process, an exchange of ideas and thoughts; of talking and listening. What you see here is the result of many such conversations; a constant give and take between what I think I have to say as a painter and what the painting has to say to me. The painting often contradicts me and frequently suggests that I may be mistaken in my views. Out of consideration for my feelings it may abruptly suggest alternative ways of progressing. I sometimes delude myself into thinking I am directing the conversation but I know that this human activity of ‘painting’ is a joint construction, a combined effort. What you see here is a partnership between planning and accident, conceit and humility, confidence and deflation, wisdom and foolishness, a conversation between friends……we were just talking about the city…..I expect the conversation will continue.

Citadel

Citadel

This is an acrylic painting on a high quality canvas frame. It is based on my experiences of the city of Cambridge. Although I have visited the city many times and I know it well, this is not a visual record of specific places, or a celebration of a well known structure or familiar architectural motif. This is a city of the imagination. The artist Paul Klee said it far more eloquently than I could; even though he was using the idea of a tree (not a city) to illustrate his point.

“‚Ķ‚Ķ..Nobody would affirm that the tree grows its crown in the image of its root. Between above and below can be no mirrored reflection. It is obvious that different functions expanding in different elements must produce divergences”.

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Ely Cathedral from the Great Ouse

This is one of a series of photographic images on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The Exhibition will be on for 5 weeks from 9th July.  See works in a variety of mediums and genres from a range of artists and designers.

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Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Hall of Mirrors

 

The mirrored entrance to Tokyu Plaza in the Shibuya district provides a perfect opportunity to create fragmented images of people as they walk by this busy shopping area. Multiple reflections overlap, merge and intersect like a giant kaleidoscope or contemporary Cubist image. I was mesmerised by the constellation of shapes as bodies appeared, disappeared and reappeared in a constant swirl of motion.

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