Vista of my mind, 2014
watercolor, pencil & acrylic
paper mounted on board
150 x 52cm
After several studies and 2 months of work, this piece is finally finished and has found it’s new home back in Australia. Working with natural motifs, I discovered more about what can be done with this method of painting. I’ve always been pretty meticulous with the drafting work at the beginning – measuring all the angles and keeping everything in check, like a perspective drawing, but this time I could sketch things out more loosely and try new things with colour -relying more on the light and contrast to make the figures.
It’s been quite a while since there was any significant news to report, but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy.
Lots of days indoors recently – working on large wood mounted paper pieces in acrylic. This piece was the first, and it’s setting the level for a small series I’m doing on “spiritual kitsch”. Over the turn of the year I’ll have a few pieces on display in Niseko, Hokkaido. More details on time and place very soon.
Above is a teaser from the new series. “A change in fate / 運命の分かれ道 ” 52 x 73 cm, acrylic & ink on mounted paper.
Archi-Bottle Award Update
I’m very pleased and proud to announce that I’ve taken the Cake Wines 2013 Archi-Bottle Award & my art will be featured on their Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc wine variety from today! Big thanks go out to the team at Cake Wines – a fantastic experience being part of the show and having work side by side with some amazing talent. Looking forward to having a few (glasses).
Cake Wines2013 Archi-Bottle Awardにて今年のグランプリに選ばれました！！
毎年開催されるArchi-Bottle Awardの優勝者には、Cake Winesカンパニー（オーストラリアシドニー）よりワインとして商品化されています。
‘100 Houses’ brings together 100 national and international image-makers from illustrators to street artists in support of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.
Given the theme of “house” each artist has produced a unique piece of artwork specifically for this exhibition, to launch at the vibrant, South Bristol Cafe/Bar, Tobacco Factory in November. Sales from the 100 original pieces of artwork hope to generate a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the charity Shelter in its work to help people find and keep a decent home.
New works from artists such as Ferris Plock, Gemma Correll, Kelly Tunstall, members of the Brothers of the Stripe, Inky Goodness and Bristol collective Drawn in Bristol are all part of the exhibition which opens November 16th 8pm – Midnight and will be up until November 30th.
Curator, Paul Roberts, reveals, “After hosting a group show last year, supporting ‘The Woodland Trust’, I wanted to go bigger and see what would happen if I attempted to pull together 100 artists to make a difference with their art. I’ve been blown away by the artwork being sent to me from near and far – each piece is the same 10-inch square size, in order fit all the artwork into the Tobacco Factory. It’s so inspiring that such a wide body of recognized and up-and-coming talent have really pulled out all the stops for this show.”
The line up includes new work from:
Abbie Parry | Alexia Tucker | Ben Javens | Bill Giles | Boots | Bo Silvestre | Boswell | Chris Woodward | Claire Shorrock | Craig Earp | Daniel van der Noon | Dave Bain | Dave Tic | David Blatch | David Shillinglaw | Dawn Cooper | Deth P Sun | Dom Williams | Drawn to Play | Everly Dark | Ferris Plock | Gemma Correll | Squirl | Gwen Millward | Henry St Leger | Jack Teagle | Jemma Bursnell | Jenny MacKendrick | Joe Rogers| John Pound | Jon Boam | Joseph Blakey | Josh Owen | Katy Christianson | Kelly Tunstall | Kill Taupe | Kristyna Baczynski | Laura Wady | Laurie Stansfield | Lee Crutchley | Liam Barratt | Lina Lofstrand | Lisa Hassell | Lizz Lunney | Loch Ness | Log Roper | Louisa Woodworth | Louise Cunningham | Louise French | Marc Johns | Martha Ford | Martin Butler | Mason Dickerson | Matt ‘Lunartik’ Jones | Mererid Hâf | Michael Sieben | Michelle Turton | Mike Hale | Mildred | Mr Draws | Mr Kobo | Mister Millerchip | Mr The Beef | Mr Wigz | Muxxi | Natalie Hughes | Nathan Chan | Neil Ennui | Owen Davey | Paul Roberts | Peskimo | Rachel Falber | Ryan Bubnis | Sage Perrott | Sandra Dieckmann | Sarah Ray | Sean Whelan | Seb Burnett | Si Peplow | Simon David Mills | Slumber | Splendidhand | SPZero76 | Steven Silverwood | Stina Jones | Tilly Wright | Tim Maclean | Tim Miness | Tim Ulewicz | Tom Hope | Will Harding | And more…
‘100 Houses’ Opening Night
8pm – midnight
feat. DJs Pencilface & Waxmouse.
‘100 Houses’ Exhibition*
November 17th – 30th
The Tobacco Factory
Bristol, BS3 1TF
Mon – Thurs 12pm – 11pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am and Sun 10am – 11pm
Paul Roberts 07970 072366
*Work will be available through the website in an online shop from December 1st for one month only. Any enquiries about work prior to that please contact Paul at email@example.com
Signed & Numbered… (update)
Coming shortly, 3 pieces (in strictly limited editions of 10) will be on sale through Signed & Numbered, a store for unique and affordable fine art prints in Melbourne, Australia. Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner, 100% cotton textured paper, these Giclée are individually signed &…numbered. So if you’re in Melbourne, be sure to pop into the store and find out when you can get your hands on one. Cheers!
Available from today, each Giclée print comes with a certificate of authenticity and framing options, starting at $70au. Check Signed & Numbered’s online store for more details.
本日より、オーストラリア メルボルンのアートストアーにて作品販売が始まりました。３作品限定各１０枚・シリアルナンバー・直筆サイン・証明書付き。ジークレープリント・テクスチャードファインアート紙（ウィリアムターナー系コットン１００％）AU$70.00 (日本円価格5,600〜）オンラインストアーは、こちら Signed & Numbered.
On the way home…
Right now I’m sitting at the station waiting for my train to embark on the first leg of my 32 hour trip home. The familiar sound of electronic chimes and p.a. announcements. The long haul. In 32 hours I’ll be back in Tasmania. In 33 hours I’ll probably be very much asleep, and for the next week or so I hope to be doing just that and little else. So posts and artwork will be light, but I’m looking forward to getting back to work with some new inspiration and a bit more energy. In the meantime the 2012 gallery had been updated with some of the pieces I’ve done recently. See everyone in 2 weeks!
I got the scanned data back from the print shop today and they did a fantastic job capturing all the fine details. The image was enormous, so my trusty old computer choked on it for a while, but I’ve managed to sample a few details for closer inspection. Technical issues aside, the piece is done, and over the last few months I’ve learned a great deal about drawing craft, the limits of my technique and also had (a lot of) time to consider why I’m doing such labour intensive work. Hope you enjoy.
It’s finished! This is the biggest piece I’ve drawn up until this point and probably the most dizzying in terms of detail – if I counted how many buildings and structures and objects that made up the figures it would be close to a thousand at least. It’s literally been sucking my life away for about 3 months, but after 2 weeks of late nights I think it’s more or less done.
In the coming weeks I’ll be heading back to Australia to negotiate some framing and display options with a gallery hopefully. It would much better to see it in person. So I’ll update when I know.
Makoto Aida, a Japanese conceptual artist I like said of one of his enormous, white canvas pieces “It’s just like watering a desert” as he built up mountains of businessmen, office telephones and computers to create giant mountains of ash. He’s still working on that one I think. I’m taking a break.
Independent online magazine Knock Knock has an interview and writeup on some of the themes I explore in my drawings – And be sure to flick thru the pages and get a taste of “…emerging and established Australian and international creatives doing their thing, and doing it well” while you’re at it. Knock Knock is in it’s second edition and is shaping up to be a comprehensive and extensive journal of contemporary, street level and alternative art, and definitely worth keeping an eye on. So, if you have a minute check it out.
Kagemusha. Pencil on watercolour paper. 40cm x 50cm. カゲムシャ. 鉛筆と水彩用の紙で描きました.
Details and a larger image can be found here in the gallery.