Wed
19
Apr
2017

PRACTICAL ADVICE

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The reason for this photograph is not to
show you my studio in Portugal but to give
you some practical advice.

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There are two vital pieces of equipment showing that
every aspiring artist needs. I cannot over-emphasis
how important they are.

(Pause whilst the avid viewer carefully studies
the photograph using well honed observational
skills and enormous brain power)

The answer is the chair, required for contemplation
and inspiration often mistaken for dozing, and the
kitchen roll for wiping the chair before sitting down so you don’t get into trouble later when collapsing on the sofa wearing dirty trousers.

Anything else you need to make something is entirely up to you.

You are very welcome.

Mon
17
Apr
2017

MOVING WITH THE TIMES

Work continues apace at A Galeria Secreta in Portugal.

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It was felt that the classic ‘4 Weddings and a Funeral’ needed
updating to reference progression in recognisable official relationships.

Here you can quite clearly see that I’m getting very near to the edge –
the cutting edge – of social and artistic excellence.

Assumptions are made about the elderly but let me assure you
that my mind races along the bus-lane as well as it ever has.

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Thu
6
Apr
2017

THE SHORT TEMPERED MAN OF FAIRLIGHT

 

Although Grumpy has been created in Portugal
he will have a significant role to play later in the year at the Cliff Top Residence during

Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017.

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He appears to be on his soap-box once again, well, perched
at the base of a yucca plant actually.
I couldn’t quite work out what he was saying but it sounded
like “BREAKFAST MEANS BREAKFAST!!!”

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Tue
4
Apr
2017

THE JUICES CONTINUE FLOWING.

 

Although A Galeria Secreta in Portugal is getting quite crowded yet another
sculpture has emerged.

This is Hilda sitting atop the Boar’s Jaw throne surveying her boardom.

Well it’s either that or Hilda is worried her HRT treatment has gone terribly wrong.

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Thu
16
Mar
2017

THE ARTY TOURIST GUIDE

East Sussex is full of interesting places to visit and many have connecting themes.

 

 

The Long Man of Wilmington is a hill figure on the steep slopes of Windover Hill … near Wilmington surprisingly.

In sight of this, although quite a long way away, is the fascinating Farleys House near Chiddingly, which has been converted into a museum and archive featuring the lives and work of its former residents, the photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. Well worth a tour – details under this link.

And then there’s this ….

 

 

… the Short Man of Fairlight which isn’t in sight of anything really although of course it is insightful.
However this will be available to view during Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017. Oh, by the way, there will also be a variation on this theme just as soon as I’ve made it.

 

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Fri
24
Feb
2017

GENTLE DIGS

I love to have a gentle dig at the expense of the
art establishment.

This piece starts off a new series I’ll be making under the banner
‘Art on a Shoestring’.

It’s titled ‘The Physical Possibility of Affording Some Art’.

I went to Goldsmiths’ College quite a few years before Damien Hirst and co
and therefore missed out on the excitement of the Brit Art phenomenon. I’m quite pleased as I think it must have been rather confusing.

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Thu
16
Feb
2017

ROLL REVERSAL

Here’s a jolly jape when visiting friends.

When you use the facilities change how the loo roll is presented and never say anything to anybody ever*. Do this every time you visit like I do.

*whoops

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Sun
5
Feb
2017

GOOD LUCK!

 

I’m very lucky.

I have the time and inclination to change this …

 

… via this …

… and adding it to this …

 

… to make this.

 

 

Now all I’ve got to do is work out how to
display it in a freestanding position in the middle of the lawn.

My Trick Cyclist will be on show during Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017.

As I’ve often said “UP HASTINGS!!!”

 

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Thu
2
Feb
2017

THE TEDDY TEAM ….

 

…. are still in training.

 

No one has any idea why or for what.

 

Go with the flow say I.

 

Wed
18
Jan
2017

ART – THE ANTIDOTE TO ALGORITHMS


There are no rules.

Think outside and inside and on top of and underneath the box.

Ignore the box.

Don’t think.

Over think.

If you encourage viewers to see something they haven’t noticed before, or to think differently, or anger them, or give them a reassuring warm feeling, or present an image that haunts … or any reaction at all, then you’ve succeeded to some degree at least.

Viewers have responsibilities as well.

I like the thinkers who are interested enough to see beyond face value. Yawning is very annoying.

Art can be a problem to be solved and sometimes it isn’t.

If you need me I’ll be in the shed.