I will be taking part in a group show called ‘Unity Muse’ at the Community Museum in Letchworth Garden City in October. I am putting together a small video installation for the show. I will be adding work in progress shots to my Instagram account, please do take a look:
The exhibition has been devised by members of ‘Meet|Critique’, a group of practicing artists that meet once a month at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth and will feature a range of media including photography, video, sculpture and painting.
The exhibition will feature work by Callum Abbott, Kasia Burke, Liz Harrington, Louise Lahive, Adrian Marden, Rhiannon Moxham, Sean Pearce, Max Plathan, Katherine Roberts, Venice Shone, Chantelle Stevenson, John Vincent and Sian Wilson.
Address: Community Museum, 12-14 The Arcade, Letchworth SG6 3ES
Dates: Sat 6th Oct to Sun 14th October 10.00am-4.30pm. (Closed:Monday 8th Oct.)
Yes. It is that time of the year, so here is where I am at…
Despite other commitments and developing work in digital media, I have maintained my oil painting practice and have completed my first in a new series of paintings.
The above painting is drawn from the town in which I live. ‘The Streets Have Teeth’ painting is based upon a part of the town I am familiar with. The murals on the wall appear to be aimed at children but, by sharp contrast, are the pyramid structures on the ground in front of the murals along this passage way. At first glance I thought that the purpose of these were anti-homeless, but on further reflection, I suspect they are there to prevent the gathering of adolescent children. They appear to be an instance of ‘defensive urban architecture’ mentioned in this Guardian article from 2014. I could be wrong.
In essence, this series of paintings are snapshots of Britain at a moment of change symbolised in the work by a quieter battle on the streets between sodium light and bright white night lighting – old ideas and new merge garishly. The themes in the paintings complement the short films that I have finished and currently working on.
I have a new film ready and I am currently looking for places to screen it. A dark, noirish film set in a surreal world where a woman seeks escape from her life as it spirals out of control.
‘Panic Attack’ (co-written by and featuring Myriam Mégharbi) is a short film inspired by another film from 1955 called ‘Dementia’ (AKA ‘Daughter of Horror’). ‘Dementia’ can be viewed here: https://archive.org/details/daughter_of_horror
Further details (images) can be found by clicking on the film images in this post. I will have a more detailed post about this film when I finally secure a screening for it.
If you would like to preview the film for a screening event, please do get in contact.
If you are on Instagram, so am I. I have been using it over the last few months as a test bed for a variety of ideas/research with drawing sketches, video sketches, work in progress and photography. Do not expect consistency, rather this is a spew of images and thoughts, what I am working on at the time or just a playful interaction with this digital platform. GO HERE: @johnvincentart
The Instagram posts are also shared to my Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter accounts should these be preferable.
Expect more painting in the series, a new UHD video to compliment ‘Panic Attack’ and further photographic experiments.
Most images are available as prints or as originals, so should you wish to invest in some of my artworks or indeed commission new works, please do get in contact.
I was out on Route 12 yesterday morning, continuing a project which is mainly concerned with – though not exclusively – capturing the English landscape, typically Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.A few days ago I found a website that seemed to relate to some of the ideas and thoughts behind this ongoing project – The Alchemical Landscape.
With hardly a soul around except for a grumpy dog owner – who obviously owned the entire landscape – and a cheerful, fellow cyclist there was Ophelia who, in an almost spirit like way, made the weather warm like summer and was slowly turning the sky red.
Later, with everything still tinted, I went in to London with Cathy to see a preview of a fascinating documentary at the Curzon, Soho – ‘The Ballad Of Shirley Collins’ (to which the title of this blog post makes reference). The content seemed to echo some of my thoughts behind producing the landscape images and its time travelling look at things past where only traces remain, in this case through lyrics rather than in the physical landscape.
I have recently split my online portfolio in to two parts as well as setting up an alternative blog and Facebook page to promote my Illustration & Graphics, Digital Painting, Commercial Photography/Retouching and Web Design. To follow the development of these, you may wish to like/follow to the Facebook page or sign up to the emailing list on the new blog via the links above. To view my new Illustration, Design and Photo website pages, follow this link:
The blog you are currently reading and associated mailing list will now concentrate on my (Fine) Art based activities – Painting, Video and Photography alongside my refurbished website fine art portfolio:
Two events are planned in February related to the show with one confirmed on the 9th. I will post further details regarding these events in the new year.
Prints Available Online
After experimenting with a few outlets, I have finally found a way to sell open and limited edition prints directly from my website. Unframed open edition prints of my work are now available to order through certain pages on my website and are fulfilled by theprintspace.co.uk in London. High quality Giclee (for Painting and Digital Painting) or C-Type (for Photography) prints of my work are available in different sizes.
Prints are currently available on the Fine Art Painting, Fine Art Photography and Digital Painting pages. Look out for the ‘BUY ART PRINT’ box which should pop up in the bottom right corner of the screen. I have added a 15mm border to each print so that it will be easier to mount and frame an image should you wish to do so.
I am in the process of uploading further images in addition to the ones available now, so check back regularly to see what is new.
In this post I wanted to draw your attention to a part of my artistic output that I rarely show but is fundamental to much of my practice – my photography. In particular, it is my landscape photography and photo artworks I show here.
The newest is my ‘Reconnaissance’ set of landscapes – these are photographic landscape triptychs taken on the move (in a car) in England. Short sequences captured in close bursts – in an almost automated way – showing glimpses of the country that are somewhat isolated and are usually passed by at speed with only the briefest of examination. Details are often revealed in the photographs that show the nature and history of the structures (and possibly people) that occupy these spaces.
I have a selection of landscape photos taken in the countryside of North Hertfordshire (also in England for those unfamiliar). Certainly more sedate than the above images, the pace is slower but there is still plenty of human activity.
Back in the early 2000’s I started work on a similar project to the first set of photos above using methods to transfer printed material to canvas.
Here is an example of one these early works from 2002 that uses captured video frames instead of still photography for the sequences. Not as clean as the above images, but interesting none-the-less. At the time, I was inspired by the look of Andy Warhol’s screen prints and created my own version of this look through mixed media (print outs and paint on canvas).