Thursday, 25 February 2010

Sittings





This week I've had the privilege of having three different models sit for me.

A fourth will be arriving on Friday.

More photographs of the resulting work can be seen here, here and here.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Lost - Episode 2





These are portraits of fellow students at Medlock - the art school of Manchester Polytechnic - in the late 1980s.

First is Martin McCoy, then John Gordon - and finally Melissa Smith, a good friend who is a skilled ceramicist and potter in London.

You can see these paintings in more detail here. They are scanned from old, poor quality slides, and the originals are now lost.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Lost - Episode 1




This is the first in an occasional series of images of my paintings which I now believe are lost.

Appropriately these first two are paintings of the studio space in Manchester where I produced the work for my first degree between 1986-89.

I painted these two from my own studio space, which was upstairs in the Medlock building - a former toilet factory underneath a flyover, part of what was then Manchester Polytechnic.

It surprised me when I first arrived there that anyone could consider constructing artists' studios with no natural light whatsoever. Meanwhile, the Photography Department occupied a beautiful early Victorian building with huge windows - which they had blacked out to create darkrooms.

These were both on very large canvases - taller than me.

Sadly, when I graduated from Manchester and moved to London to commence my postgraduate I had to leave behind nearly all of the work I had accumulated as I had no transport of my own, and no-one willing to help me move it all. There is only so much you can carry on a National Express coach!

These images are scans of slides which I recently found in the attic.

I imagine that these paintings were either destroyed or painted over.


Saturday, 6 February 2010

London





I spent yesterday in London with my friend and colleague Dot for a series of preliminary meetings about my planned exhibition, provisionally entitled Breast Cancer Life.

I'll be reporting more here as planning progresses.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Crew



The documentary-makers have made a return visit. This time filming in my studio.

On Friday I've got some meetings in London about the forthcoming exhibition/s.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Filming





At the end of last week a documentary crew visited to talk with me about my planned travelling exhibition.

We talked about my reasons for drawing women who have received treatment for breast cancer, issues of aesthetics and body image.

They are returning tomorrow to film in my studio, and to continue the discussion.