17th-29th November – ‘The Grange Gallery’ Rottingdean Brighton
I was recently asked how long it took to complete a painting; my answer was “59 years”
This might seem flippant but what appears on the canvas is a culmination of how I’ve experienced the world so far, made manifest as part calligraphic ‘action painting’ part ‘colour field’.
The birth of a painting happens as a slow formulation of an image clarified in my minds eye. Before I start a day’s work I sit in meditation to empty my head to allow some spaciousness. I prepare the support from the beginning, assembling the frame and meticulously stretching the linen, this is a vital part of the process. Then over a series of days I will apply several layers of paint to form a heart or ground layers. I then apply the final motif or icon.
About the show.
We are mesmerized with our phones, ipads and widescreen TVs. I see that we are trapped in devices. Where are we living our lives, how is it affecting our minds or our wellbeing?
In this show I offer an antithesis to the intense watching, commenting and engaging. What you will see is simple abstractions devoid of any ‘real ‘ meaning, images that require no dialogue or theory.
I am asking the viewer to sit or stay for a while, switch off and enjoy emptiness of the ‘ZEN TV’
I have been blessed to be able to tattoo for the last 30 years. I would like to thank every person that has allowed me to mark his or her skin. I would like to thank the tattoo community for their love and criticism without which I would not have been able to grow as a human being.
From the 28 February 2017 I will stop tattooing, some of you will be saying thank fuck for that it’s about time too. This is a heads up for people that have ongoing work that needs finishing and for those of you that may want a piece by me before I quit.
For appointments please contact me via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you xxx
P.S My old shop sign painted by Dave Senior in 2002 , I met him at art college way back in 1973, He’s an old school diamond…, they don’t make them like him any more.