The 2018 Little Van Gogh Artist Residency Announcement

 

I am now the second Little Van Gogh artist to have been awarded this New Forest residency. Really looking forward to the opportunity!

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‘As an artist, I see visual ‘reality’ – the external world – as only a part of our understanding and perception. We see in relation to ourselves, our past, and the events that shape us as individuals. If my paintings have an uncertain quality it is because I feel that the world within us and around us is in a constant state of flux and transformation. During my residency in the New Forest I hope to produce work that reflects aspects of the location and environment but I don’t envisage that it will be a direct visual replica of what I see’.

New video of me painting in my art studio and playing the banjo in claw hammer style. I hope you like it!

Tweet me @petecorrart

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I have 3 paintings in the COAX Annual Exhibition 2016, come along and take a look at over 600 works on display….today and tomorrow only!

http://www.coax.org.uk/art-awards.html

The Preview Reception took place on Friday18th November at 6.30pm and the Awards Ceremony was opened by local MP Heidi Allen.

Free entry over the weekend with plenty of parking.

Times:
Friday (Preview reception): 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibiting artists compete for the Cambridge Art Awards with a top prize of £500, runners-up awards of framing prizes kindly provided by Milton based HMC Framing and this year the Top Twenty chosen artists will go forward to a two week exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely.

Interviewer Frankie Lowe of Cambridge TV discussing the new exhibition  ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ with Peter Corr at the Michaelhouse Centre today. The interview can be seen on Thursday evening and also includes talks with artists Paul Janssens and Caroline Forward.

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Details of the upcoming exhibition of work by Caroline Forward, Peter Corr and Paul Janssens in the November issue of the Cambridge Magazine.

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Cambridge Magazine November 2016

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=6bcc1a8d-b81c-45a0-82a1-21ca60791e2d

 

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‘Mercurial’ is a painting I have just completed for the ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ Exhibition; the composition, structure and style closely follows the other images in the series. I have retained the square format, recurring geometric shapes and warm tonality seen in previous works. The influence of American abstract expressionism is visible in the flatness and absence of overt representation; at the same time I have tried to convey a sense of the architectural qualities of the city of Cambridge. The painting is designed as a bridge between two different vantage points, an aerial or plan view of  buildings, rivers and parks and a vertical ‘stacking’ of these interconnected and interchangeable motifs.  The Cubists kaleidoscopic rendering of physical objects and space has liberated us all to see the world through our own eyes and intuition.

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‘Mercurial’ Close up detail

I thought I would tell you something about my working process. My studio is a partially converted garage; I used to work alongside bikes, washing machines, lawnmowers and assorted gardening equipment but since I started to work on a larger scale, this became increasingly problematic. I was also receiving too many complaints about the paint marks on the ‘white goods’. Every painter needs space!

The inspiration for this series – based on the city of Cambridge – came from my many visits to the town. As a photographer, I must have taken literally hundreds of photographs of the streets and  college buildings and I believe I know the city extremely well. I have always admired the paintings of German artist Anselm Kiefer and I am aware that he often begins many of his large scale pieces by working over photographs. I began each of these paintings by working over small monochrome prints, using them as a sort of visual trigger or catalyst. I also included a range of collage elements to generate compositional possibilities and ideas. The fact that none of the original photographs are visible in the final painting is immaterial; they played the important role of ‘icebreaker’ and opened the way for new avenues to be explored.

 

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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 – 19th

 

 

 

 

Detail from ‘River City’

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This painting is part of my ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ series. It is a mixed media, abstract work based on the city of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Cambridge is a world renowned  university city and the recurring motifs of Gothic arches and ancient doorways provide a visual rhythm, reflecting both the passing of time and continuity. The textures and patina of well worn stone respond to sight and touch. At this time of year, shafts of diffused golden light illuminate walkways, paths and enclosed architectural spaces as you wander through the colleges and grounds.  The river Cam flows through and across the city, below the ornate towers and spires, carrying new life and  old memories.

‘Optical Mantra’ Canvas size: 80x80x2cm