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.
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 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:
‘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!
Using a combination of live action footage, digital painting, photography, a green screen and some video animation, here is a new music video for the band Delsyn Drive and their song “Give ’em Hell”. It is available to view on Youtube or Vimeo…
Initially inspired by a couple of other music videos – Queen’s “Breakthru” and The Cure’s “Close To Me” – I had originally intended the video to be more like the latter but there were not enough extras!
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).