Sunday, 8 November 2009

Hammer and Tacks

I recently re-discovered this painting of the studio space at the Medlock campus in Manchester - where I did my first degree in Fine Art from 1986-89.

The first thing I noticed about the painting was its construction. I still make, stretch and prepare my own canvases. But the difference is that I now have my own staple-gun, which would have been a rare and expensive item for an art student in those days. I used a hammer and tacks to secure the canvas - as you can see from the photograph above.

This painting was originally hung at my mother's house in Normandy, and much admired, but then put into storage and forgotten when she returned to England.

I was thrilled to see it again, though briefly: it has just found a buyer, and is being shipped to the United States.

I will write more later this week about the memories of Manchester, and my days as a student there, that the painting has awakened.

1 comment:

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

Hey, I'm not surprised you have have had some vintage Harriet Barber work snapped up!

I agree that staple guns are so much quicker, and saves your fingers too!;)