Espacio Gallery

Here I am standing in front of a couple of recent paintings on show in the “Perspectives” exhibiton, at Espacio Gallery, London. The show is open until Sunday 13th May.

Perspectives

I’ll be taking part in this show – Perspectives – at Espacio Gallery, London. It’s my first time showing work at this space. It’s an artist run gallery, and one condition of participating in group shows is taking a turn invigilating. So I shall be there on Wednesday 9th May between 1-7pm.

Website Woes

I’ve given my website a much needed facelift. I have been working on it for weeks now, testing it out on another domain. The transfer over to dalessandri.co.uk seemed to go smoothly enough. I was sure I had taken every precaution, and tested everything out. And then I realised that the photos from all my blog entries had disappeared!!!

So I’ve spent the last few evenings going through my blog entries, trying to find copies of the missing photos. Quite a few posts have had to be deleted, because I just can’t find any suitable photos. And so far I’ve only checked about a third of the posts!

Oh well, I quite like the look of my new site, so hopefully it won’t need a revamp for a couple of years.

Exercise in Objectification

I’ve started work on a series of headless nudes. It’s a development of some figure studies I have been working on. I was interested in seeing to what extent a sense of the sitter’s identity could be conveyed if, first, they were stripped of their clothes, and then, as in the case with this painting, their heads were cropped from the painting.

exercise in objectification

Selfie Exhibition

man with ridiculous hair

I’m showing this painting – Man With Ridiculous Hair – at the Selfie Exhibition at Candid Arts Trust.

The exhibition runs from 23rd February until the 4th March. Candid Arts Gallery is located at 3-5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, just a short distance from Angel station.

 

Hoxton Arches

Last weekends’s event “Unexpected”, presented by Stomach, went well. Despite the nearest train station being closed for engineering work, there was still a good turn out. In fact, the security guy had to usher people out the door at 11pm, as the artists were trying to take their works down. Not bad for an art exhibition.

There was music, performance art, and snacks served by a naked waiter. I look forward to seeing Stomach IV next year.

performance art in front of my work

Works in Progress

works in progress

I’ve been struggling with a few smaller paintings recently.  A week away from the studio seems to have helped, and I have managed to finish a couple of them in the past two days.

Portrait of a friend

This is a portrait of my friend and fellow artist Tarique. Some of his paintings and ceramics can be found here. It was an interesting challenge painting his painting (which we used as the backdrop), and having to use a quite different palette.

tarique

New Model

I had a life drawing session with a new model last weekend. I want to start collecting material for a new series of paintings, where the model is set within a domestic environment, in natural poses; either relaxing, bathing or doing chores. It’s a return to a theme I worked on about ten years ago.
The sitting went well enough. As it turned out, we didn’t move out of the kitchen, as the light was so good in there.