Category Archives: art

PRACTICAL ADVICE

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

MOVING WITH THE TIMES

Work continues apace at A Galeria Secreta in Portugal. .   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. […]

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. . 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 […]

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. .

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 … […]

A VIEWING SUGGESTION

For those people who can’t get beyond wondering why I use rubber ducks a lot this might help. Imagine the duck is a person, even perhaps, yourself. Anyway, this piece is called ‘This is What Ducks Do’ and is made from very heavy limestone and a rubber duck. Technically it was quite tricky to make […]

WHERE HAVE ALL THE ISMS GONE?

. In the good old days art isms were well defined and understood – Surrealism, Pointillism, Abstract Expressionism etc. Nowadays there are plenty of examples of Narcissism, Sentimentalism, Amateurism and Commercialism but little evidence of an interesting and lasting new art ism. I suspect that the last ism was Post Modernism which has now degenerated […]