The Nightreader

‘The Nightreader’, Painter/Photoshop, 2016

The Nightreader

My first artwork of 2016 is a new digital painting and part of my growing Pre-raphaelite inspired works. Titled ‘The Nightreader’, it was created using Painter and Photoshop. The painting develops a narrative from an earlier work: ‘She Passed The Turing Test‘, and is another slice of Pre-raphalite styled science fiction. My central character straddles a strange contraption that manufactures mysterious binary code only the reader can understand.

Should you wish to order prints of this painting or any of my other work, please do get in touch.

Other news…Websites & Coding

My coding and web development skills are growing rapidly. Since my last post,  I have made further updates to my online portfolio. I plan to use the portfolio as a test bed for new ideas and experiments with code so there maybe frequent changes to its appearance over the next few months. One of my aims is to build a simple CMS to store and display my gallery images. Another – more distant – aim  is to use the possibilities of code to produce new digital/internet based artworks.

I have recently updated two websites I have worked on previously – kliertranslations.com  & cathyturner.co.uk improving the functionality and adding responsiveness for mobile devices. Take a look, especially if you require translation (German/English) or proofreading services…

New Website, And An Old Game

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john vincent | online portfolio

New Website And Programming

Many moons ago I used to write programs on computers, particularly computer games (see Some History.. below). I have recently revisited this, blowing away the cobwebs from the trunk marked ‘programming’ in my mind and have updated my skills (in HTML and CSS with a little Javascript). With these new found/updated skills I have transformed my website. It has been rebuilt from the ground up. If you are using a mobile device, there is now a version for that too which should open automatically when you click on this link:

www.johnvincent.co.uk

I have recently completed work on another site. (Also with a mobile version)

www.cathyturner.co.uk

In between my studio and other work, I will be available to build websites so if this is something you need, my contact details are on my website!

Some History..

Back in the early 90’s, I owned a computer called the SAM Coupe, the last all British home computer. It was built as a next step machine for users of the ZX Spectrum. Whilst it had some compatibility with the Spectrum it also added some capabilities equivalent to the 16bit machines of the day such as the Atari ST. Although the SAM Coupe was not a commercial success, it did allow me to write (and release) a game.

In 1993 I released a game called “The Witching Hour” via a software company called Fred Publishing. This was an arcade adventure where you had to solve various problems by picking up, examining and using objects that you would find on your journey.

There is now quite a lot of information on the web about the game, which I find amazing. Here are some links to a review, a map and a youtube video of the game in action. The game was written using Gamesmaster. Enjoy!

A review.

A map of the game.

Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder 2015

"Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder", Oil on canvas, 60x60cm, 2013-15

“Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder”, Oil on canvas, 60x60cm, 2013-15

I will be showing some paintings alongside a selection of other works by various Digswell Arts artists at the Digswell Arts Christmas Sale on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December at the Fenners Building in Letchworth Garden City.

Hopefully the above painting will make the list. Completed today, this is a reworked oil painting (originally from 2013) “Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder”. It is an altogether darker, more atmospheric version of a painting that depicts a woman looking out at a storm that approaches from across the sea.

Here are a couple of links with further information regarding the weekend sale….

Digswell Arts Website

Facebook

 

Digswell Arts Christmas Sale

Digswell Arts Christmas Sale at the Fenners building in Letchworth

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Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December 2015 – Open 10.00am-6.00pm

Come a browse a selection of original prints, pottery, jewellery and hand crafted textiles.
Enjoy complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.
Cards accepted.
Fenner building
7 Openshaw Way
Letchworth
Hertfordshire
SG6 3ER

A Spooky Thanks

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Thank you to all who attended the ‘Spooky’ exhibition Private View and those who visited over the weekend –  it was a good to see you and turned out to be a great success. For those who missed it, I have put together a short video tour of the exhibition with a new, spookier ending.

Here is the link to the Vimeo version: https://vimeo.com/144348294

Here is the link to the YouTube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yfSJLoQA6s

The other success was the Family Arts Festival (Formerly Fire And Fright Festival) painting workshop with many participants helping in the creation of ‘The Firebird Steals a Golden Apple’ painting – which also took place over the weekend.

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‘Spooky’ Video Promo No.3

Halloween approaches, and here is the third and final promotional video for my exhibition ‘Spooky’ , offering a glimpse of what is turning in to a very dark show.

The show opens 30th October – 1st November 2015, 10am-4pm.

Fenners Project Space, Open Shaw Way, Letchworth Garden City.

Previous videos:

No. 2  https://vimeo.com/142014911

No. 1 https://vimeo.com/142014910

Painting Workshop ‘The Firebird Steals A Golden Apple’ 31st Oct – 1st Nov 2015

'The Firebird Steals The Golden Apple'

‘The Firebird Steals A Golden Apple’, Work In Progress, Acrylic On Canvas, 300cmx150cm ,2015

This coming weekend I will be running a painting workshop alongside my exhibition ‘Spooky’ as part of the Fire and Fright festival in Letchworth. This workshop will be a collaborative piece between myself and members of the public.

The theme this year is the Russian fairytale ‘The Firebird’. The painting is called ‘The Firebird Steals A Golden Apple’.  The aim is to expand creativity through the process of painting without brushes. Participants must pick two squares, one apple and one Firebird and, using only the supplied implements on the table, freely paint in to their chosen squares (not necessarily next to one another). The process can be repeated as many times as you like.

Here is a list of other workshops on by Fenners Fellows during the weekend.

The workshops will take place at the Fenners Building, Openshaw Way, Letchworth Garden City. Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November, 10am-4.30pm.

'The Firebird Steals The Golden Apple', Detail, 2015

‘The Firebird Steals The Golden Apple’, Detail, 2015

The workshops are supported by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

Below is an image from last years project – Dia de Muertos.

'200 Skulls', Acrylic on canvas, 3mx1.5m 2014

‘200 Skulls’, Acrylic on canvas, 3mx1.5m 2014

‘Spooky’ Video Promo No.2


‘Spooky’ Video Promo #2 from John Vincent on Vimeo.

Here is the second promotional video for my upcoming solo show ‘Spooky’.  It is a (very) short clip from a film that I intend to show at the exhibition (30th Oct – 1st Nov).

The previous promotional video can be found here: vimeo.com/142014910

Please also visit my Facebook page for details of the event.

 

Nearly Ready For…Open Studios!

 

Studio 9 Prep., 2015

Studio 9 Prep., 2015

This Saturday, 5th September 11am – 4pm, I and other Fellows of Digswell Arts will be opening our studios to the public. I have been preparing the studio to display some of my work as well as allowing enough space to continue working on my solo show for October.

The Open Day is occurring at the same time as Herts Visual Arts Open Studios and exhibition by Cathy Smale and Amy Wilson who will be in the project space all week.

Location:

The Fenners Building, Openshaw Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3ER

Further details:

Open Day

 

The Night Hunters Issue 3 Out Now!

The Night Hunters Issue 3 Cover, © WP Comics Ltd

The Night Hunters Issue 3 Cover, © WP Comics Ltd

The Night Hunters series continues with ‘Captain Seadog’.

I have illustrated this atmospheric, action packed story about a vengeful pirate returning from the grave to create mayhem. Written by David Thomas and published by WP Comics Ltd it is available now as a digital download or as a hard copy.

Get further details  (including a video preview) by following this link:

www.wpcomicsltd.com/#!the-night-hunters-3/cq5a