Down To The Bone.. / /. Last night was meet the artist night at the Onca gallery for DTTB.
DTTB is A collective exhibition of works from varied disciplines in recognition and support of street dogs living overseas. To be hung, open to the public at ONCA Gallery, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton from the 24th until the 30th Sept 2013.
ONCA has a passion for art that integrates with environmental conservation and strives to raise awareness of how environmental change affects every living thing. For whatever reason the dogs we are caring for have found themselves abandoned by owners and on the street. Be it economical, governmental or even military, we have changed their environment and so ONCA Gallery is a most welcome and supportive venue for this collection of work.
There are many street dogs needing support all over the world so why have we chosen to help those in Portugal and Spain? One of the organisers of the exhibition has, for many years, worked in these countries and has seen problems and suffering on a scale that does not happen here in England. There are too many dogs in shelters in the UK awaiting adoption but we have a support network – the animals here, in the main, have basic but good care, water, food a dry bed. Even these most simple needs are not met abroad, the dogs really do have to live on the street or if rounded up they are kept in appalling conditions for a few days before being PTS (put to sleep). These dogs have crossed the organiser’s path, called out for help and had their cries answered. This special lady has seen the problem in her own environment and has taken action. These are the dogs that all funds raised through the exhibition will help.
I was very proud to be invited to take part in this show and to be exhibited along side such well established artists././ .
Here is the piece i contributed to the show./.
‘All You Need Is Love’ Acrylic and Spray Paint on Mixed Reclaimed Plywood.
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Following on from yesterdays post. . /. /
The “Terra Nova” exhibition held at Yum Yum Ninja was based around the idea of reusing and recycling. All the pieces i exhibited in the show were all made from reused materials (electric fuse box doors and record sleeves). In the run up to the show i was asked to perform some live art, as always i had a very loose concept and was going to leave it up to accident and chaos on the night. My plan was to build a ‘canvas’ on site and paint it there and then. But on the way to the show i found a set of old blinds thrown out on the street, and it was all too perfect an accident to pass up, it fitted perfectly with the recycle and reuse concept and because it looked like a scroll unrolled it tied in with the theme of the Japanese restaurant. I picked it up and decided to paint that at the show instead../. the perfect blend of planning and chaos.. /. .//. I ended up calling the piece “Love You TO Death” .. /. And i have no idea what happened to it after the show.. /. ??
“Love You To Death” Acrylic on Reclaimed Blind
These four baby’s are now on their way to Bristol in preparation for this years UPFEST .. .. .. All four will be part of the exhibition which includes some seriously big names in street art, and all four will be for sale for the reasonable price of £100 each.. . /./
‘There’s Nothing To Gain From This’ Acrylic on hardboard 28 x 34 cm
He’s something to balance out the niceties of the last post… /. This piece has been painted on an old dart board box, the box itself is as you would expect covered in misfired shots and dart holes. I found it on one my travels the other week and it seemed like the perfect surface for this idea i had sitting in my sketch book for far too long…/..
‘Life Is Pain’ 50 cm x 50 cm Acrylic on Dartboard Box
She is here .. . ./. Little One is finally finished.. . .and all i want to do is that all over again.. . …/ A massive thanks to Leopold West, Joe Gilder,Mike Bartlett, Ben Belbin and Julia Goodchild for making this possible.. . ./.
Enjoy… /./ ..
Find out a bit more about the film here….
And find out a bit about the music here.. ./.
Another mini series in preparation for next years solo show in Portsmouth.. . . . /./ ..
‘Death’ / ‘More Death’ / ‘Dead’
Acrylic on Recycled frame stands// /
Today has been a very good day dropping off new pieces to Brighton Arts Club and having a meeting with 13 Women, debuting in March 2013 so it seems odd that i should post this today… . /. But it was done a couple of days ago and it slots in nicely with yesterdays posts so enjoy.. . . ././//.
A month or so ago i was destroyed by the inevitable seasonal virus despite my best hermitage attempts to stay cut off from the world it hit me.. .. really hit me./. …/. As with most distressing things in my life it spawns fantastic ideas.. .. and this is the latest .. ./ .
‘Tyrannosaurus Virus’ (2012) Acrylic and Spray paint on Plywood
Here if you wanna risk getting ill are some close ups.. . ./ //./.
Finding good wood in Brighton has been much more of a problem than i ever expected, because the wood has been so sparse i had a week or so where i couldn’t find anything. Now i have quite a backlog of paintings to my name now and there’s always those few that slip through that you know you were never quite happy with, i decided that without any new surfaces it would be worth my time going back and rectifying those mistakes.. .. /. I have done quite a few now but here is the first installment of paintings revised.
Originally painted 13-04-2011 ‘Introspectator’
Now believe it or not these are the same paintings.. . .///. ./
I have yet to decide on the title. .. . /./ .
Part of the recently closed exhibition at ‘the lewis elton gallery’ .. . .. . my stomach churns.. . . . /.
As with all of my work it is all reclaimed and recycled materials.. . ./. the frames for this series are made from old chair slats and the wood.. . well a few old painting had to be culled .. . … . /./.