Today i took a walk along Brighton beach with a bag of heads.. ././. . ../. Though i felt a bit bad for leaving them there, i didnt think they’d last long and at the very least they’d be returned to a natural origin.. / ./. So my conscience wasn’t too heavy i left with a couple of buckets of beach rubbish, leaving the beach better than i found it.,. . ..// .
These slate paintings were painted over two years ago, from a series of photographs i took at a small intimate gig at the Bargate Monument in Southampton. The head in question was that of Franz Nicolay.. . /. Good bye Nicolay. /.
A while back on a freezing winter night a very close friend of mine was putting on a show in the monument gallery castle in Southampton, right at the last minute he need to find a photographer.. . . and well i have a camera and i liked the acts playing so i was chosen. The venue its self was enough of an excuse to go along but the bands on the bill were all fantastic too. The head-liner who i was especially enthusiastic about was Franz Nicolay previously of The Hold Steady. I’d seen and met him once before but that as only in passing, So i knew i had to go.
Though the heating in the venue had packed up by the time the show started the whole evening flew by in a blizzard of sub zero temperatures and snow white smiles. Everyone had had an awesome evening shouting along in a castle and i had got thousands of photos. Upon arriving home post gig i started reviewing the photos, i noticed that Franz was a hard man to capture still. I had quite a good collection of blurred faces, i decided to keep them for future reference. I later forgot about them and carried on painting as i normally would.
But Yesterday i stumbled upon them again and decided to do a quick series on Franz’s head, i had some old bits of slate lying around and so i figured considering the venue this would be the perfect medium. . … . . .. …. . . /. Here is ‘Franz Head Collection I-V’
‘Franz Head Collection I-V’ Acrylic on Slate