I am pleased to announce another screening of my short film ‘The Last of Letchworth’. It will be shown alongside a number of other experimental short films at the very first Video Art Film Club hosted by the Leyden Gallery in London.
Originally exhibited as part of the ‘Alternative Letchworth’ exhibition at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth, the film is based on the activities of early residents of the Garden City.
Although not currently available online, more detailed information about the film can be found in this previous post: ‘The Last of Letchworth’
Event details and ticket information can be found here:
I have updated a section on my online portfolio which adds more details about my Digital Art practice (which runs alongside my more trad oil painting one).
The concerns and subjects differ from the oil painting. The recent additions are mostly re-worked earlier digital images. As my technical abilities with digital painting have improved dramatically (as has the software I use) I have been able to add meaningful changes to the series that subverts the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the Victorian era by adding contemporary twists and scenarios – with a touch of sci-fi.
There is also a selection of Photo-Based Artworks, largely from the Dystopian Vision series.
A new, separate ‘About’ section adds further information including the terms I am using to describe the work and some details about the process.
‘Alternative Letchworth Past And Present’ Closes This Sunday 19th Feb
Only a few days to go before the Alternative Letchworth exhibition closes at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth. Open 10am-5pm Weds-Sat and 10am-4pm on Sunday. It has had a great response from visitors and has gained a good deal of press attention. If you have yet to see it, this is your last chance!
An exhibition exploring the radical side of the Garden City
After last nights fantastic opening party, (thanks to all who attended!) the Alternative Letchworth exhibition run officially starts Saturday December 3rd, 2016 until Sunday February 19th, 2017.
‘Alternative Letchworth brings together a variety of unique objects from the Garden City Collection including photographs, costumes, texts and other items, alongside new, specially commissioned works by four local artists; Sean Pearce, Richard Seaholme, Chantelle Stephenson and John Vincent. Each have produced works of art interpreting the idea of the alternative Garden City, exploring the links between their own experience and the little known past of their hometown. An essay by local writer Jane Fae accompanies the exhibition.’
How To Get There, And When..
Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW
If you are not local to Letchworth, the town can be reached via the A1(M) Junction 9 if travelling by car or on the Cambridge – London Kings Cross route if travelling by train. The gallery is about 5 minutes from the station.
In February, alongside my fellow exhibitors, I will be discussing the background to my work in the show, the short film ‘The Last Of Letchworth’. It will be a ticketed event and I will send out further details nearer the time.
I have been commissioned by the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City to create a new video work for an upcoming exhibition about the unconventional history of Letchworth Garden City.
Working in collaboration with the gallery and the Garden Cities Collection I have completed the research phase and I am now in to the production phase of the project. I am currently developing an experimental short film inspired by the activities of four characters from the early 1900’s.
The work, along with four other selected artists, is scheduled to be exhibited in December-January 2016/17. You can see snippets of the project research and development at my new Instagram account with a more detailed post to follow…
Digswell Arts 60th Anniversary Photography Commission
I recently completed work on a photography commission for Digswell Arts, recording current Fellows of Digswell Arts working in their studios and presenting their work at The Forge in Digswell, Welwyn and Fenners in Letchworth. The photography will be used as part of the trusts’ 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.
I have completed colour work on a new comic book – “Hotel Hell” #1 – which is to be released by WP Comics Ltd. It will be out later this month and I will post again with further details when it is released..
I will also be posting ad hoc illustration (mainly sci-fi) drawing and digital painting via three flavours of social media: Ello, Twitter and Facebook.
I have been working hard to bring my sketching and concept art skills up to a high standard so you may also find some of that appearing there too. Please do follow and – if it pleases you – like and share.
Filming was completed yesterday for the new Delsyn Drive music video to accompany their song ‘Give ’em Hell’. Largely shot against a green screen with digital sets to be added, the video is currently in post-production and should be complete before the end of the month. Details to follow…
Here is a link to the bands Facebook page where there are a few more images from the days session.
Digswell Arts Studio Open Day & A Final Appearance
I will have a couple of paintings in a show opening this Saturday 11th June that will most likely be my last appearance (of artwork) at the Fenners Project Space. After 4 years as a Fellow of Digswell Arts – 5 if you include assisting in the renovation of the building! – I will be leaving the trust. It has been a decision based largely on a change in my practice with my official leaving date at the end of July.
But before that happens, there will be various activities taking place at the Open Day so please do come along on Saturday! More details…
As one of the first artists to have had a studio at Fenners under the Digswell Arts trust, I have seen the transformation of a light industrial building into an artist studio and gallery space, met some interesting people and made great advances in my practice over the time I have been there. Before I talk about the future, here are images and links to some of the highlights of the Fellowship…
With a change of focus toward digital activities (encompassing painting, photography and video) I have a number of projects coming up including a music video and a short film (both in pre-production!). I have also expanded my experience and capabilities within illustration and design, in particular web and graphic design. In the long term, I am planning a show for late 2017 – details to be confirmed..
I can still be contacted via email for enquiries regarding sales, projects/collaborations or commissions – painting/illustration, photography or web based.
Please take a look at my latest online portfolio update which includes a further enhanced mobile version.
I spent a good part of the weekend planting vegetables in the garden. Potatoes, chard, onions, and tomatoes amongst other things. Oddly enough, this time in the garden inspired me to paint a new pre-Raphaelite related image to add to the growing set.
Loosely based on ‘The Magic Circle’ by John William Waterhouse, here is ‘The Witch Reveals Her Magic.’ Continuing with the science fiction theme from two previous paintings – ‘She Passed The Turing Test’ and ‘The Nightreader’ – the Witch in this painting is an android. Less supernatural, more artificial. An interesting contrast of styles and ideas.
The image started as a pencil sketch. It was then scanned and further edited in Painter followed by colour flatting and painting carried out between Painter and Photoshop. As this is a large digital image (5019x2838px) there was considerable brush slowdown (for larger brush work) and I did consider painting the background in oils and photographing that but managed to get the digital brushes to work. I have spent some time painting the fabric on the dress and I am quite pleased with the outcome and with the addition of the Ancient Greek painting motif.