Lockdown Commission

oil painting portrait commission

The Covid pandemic has been so very disruptive to my art practice, with commissions postponed, exhibitions cancelled, and my studio closed down for months.
But this particular commission was the exception, as it came my way because of the pandemic. A group of friends struggled to think of an interesting birthday present for their housemate, when the usual “experience” gifts are somewhat limited with covid restrictions. So what better gift can you give someone than a commissioned portrait 🙂

 

Art and Death

man on bed

The painting above has been selected for the “Art and Death” exhibition, organised and curated by Huunuu. 
“The gallery shows artwork from 19 different artists who have all interpreted the subject of death, dying, bereavement and legacy.”
As virtual exhibitions go, this works very well.  It has been well curated – There’s a nice selection of good quality artworks, which are all related to the theme. It’s well worth a visit, and can be found at huunuu.com//art-and-death

Autumn Salon Exhibition

preparing paintings for the autumn salon exhibition

Art exhibitions are like London buses. I wait months for an opportunity to show my work, and then I receive two acceptance emails in the same morning.
I’ve already mentioned The Discerning Eye in my previous post. I’m very pleased to have been accepted for that one – such a shame that the exhibition is virtual this year. The other exhibition I will be taking part in is The Autumn Salon, from 30th October, hosted by Candid Arts Gallery, Angel, London. That’s a real world exhibition – actual paintings on real walls, with real people walking about (albeit wearing masks, and suitably socially distanced).
I’ve had mixed feelings about getting involved in real exhibitions during this epidemic. However, the gallery at Candid Arts is a lovely open space – perfect for social distancing.  At the end of the day, there is just no substitute for seeing a painting in the flesh.

ING Discerning Eye

headless nude, self harm

I’m very pleased to learn that my painting “I did not ask” has been accepted into this year’s Discerning Eye exhibition.

The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics.
The selectors choose both publicly submitted works and works by personally invited artists. Each selector’s section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole.

Artist Interview

artist interview at virtual space

“What does art mean to you?”

I hate doing email interviews. You’re given a bunch of generalised questions, and you’re expected to come up with something interesting, without sounding hackneyed. Try answering “what does art mean to you?” without slipping in the odd cliché. I’m not sure if it can be done.

I shouldn’t moan. I sound ungrateful. The nice people at visualspc.com seem to be genuinely interested in promoting artists work, without ripping them off. They organise regular themed virtual exhibitions. I have a painting in their current exhibition “Recurring Memories”, running until 31st August. And they also have a growing archive of artist interviews, which is where you’ll find my hackneyed phrases.

I must admit, this is my first virtual exhibition. I’ve stubbornly ignored them until now. They strike me as a poor substitute for the real thing. But damn it, the “real thing” is no longer what it used to be, with restricted visitors, and no more bustling private views. So I thought I’d dip my toe in.

virtual space recurring memories exhibition