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Short Thoughts – Capturing Ideas – Should we write or remember?

For some artists, ideas are the bread and butter of their practice. For others, actions take precedence. Personally I feel my own practice is a mixture of both. Ideas come and go, as does the immersion in the action of doing/making that ultimately feeds back into my ideas. I tend to write a few words […]

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Short Thoughts – A revolution in art is building?

I think there is a revolution in the pipeline for art, something akin to Punk in the music world. Not necessarily attitude over substance, but a powerful combination of both. Where talented artists rise above the noise of competition, join forces and take charge of their niche. To have creative endeavors recognised as a career […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Observation Without Manipulation – Large Scale Painting

The first 4 canvases (top row, left to right) of my painting Observation Without Manipulation are an exploration of subject and surface grounded in a process orientated painting technique. Imagery is intentionally restrained; my intent being to limit representational clues as to the nature of the subject, which by the very nature of the painting […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Jasper’s Dream – What if?

The American painter Jasper Johns, when questioned about the origin of his iconic painting Flag (1954-55) said, “One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag, and the next morning I got up and I went out and bought the materials to begin it” (Tejada-Flores, 1989, from the video Jasper Johns: Ideas In […]

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The Origin of Ideas – Grab Your Eyes explained…well almost.

Now the painting is finished, I thought I’d explain a little bit more about the composition and origin of my ideas that contributed to the making of Grab Your Eyes. The good news is that there’s no reading involved, just click play, sit back, watch and listen…easy!

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 12 – Finishing, Hard Work & Ambition.

This post is the last in this series and I want to end on the topic of finishing and the hard work that is needed for this to take place. For those of you that haven’t been following. The series of blog posts I’ve been writing titled┬áLet’s Achieve Something Great Together follow the creation of […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 7 – Studies

For some artists, studies are an integral part of their practice and may have a set pattern of exploring studies before even considering the final piece of artwork. I try to keep my practice as spontaneous as possible with an element of organisation, without which nothing would really get done. The two words spontaneous and […]

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Here/There/Everywhere – Hutton’s Buildings Exhibition – Artist Discussion

I attended the artist discussion session at the Here/There/Everywhere exhibition at the Huttons Buildings on West Street in Sheffield yesterday. It was the last day of the exhibition after a successful week of exhibition-ing (ok, so that’s not a real word but it’s too late now, it’s in there). The driving force behind the exhibition […]

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