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.)
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.
The Pop-Up exhibition at The Cloisters opens on Sunday 24th at 2pm until 7pm. I am very excited to be exhibiting paintings alongside a variety of other artists’ work, which includes video, music and performance. In this post, I will briefly discuss some of the ideas behind my paintings at the exhibition.
The paintings I will be showing are night time street scenes rendered in oil. The concepts behind this series are still very much under development, but one aspect I have been pursuing is the ‘snapshot’ which is emphasised by the quick handling of paint, that momentarily fixes on a detail – a quality of memory.
On the subject of memory, the content of the paintings makes reference to places that are both familiar (to me) and have changed only subtly over the years as if the past still haunts the present. The use of personal, geographically specific memories dating from early childhood in the late 1970s onward informs some of the location decisions of the paintings. Similarly to previous work, the images are a more focused exploration of the country I have grown up in. I have made use of my home town of Letchworth as a backdrop and starting point – this prototype Garden City has been used as an influential design for many parts of the country. The new series explores the nocturnal streets investigating some of the physical qualities such as the transition from monochromatic Sodium light to LED artificial moon lit streets to extracting and referencing the atmosphere, fears and ironies of this post-industrial, post-empire, post-modern England.
Further references and ideas behind the above painting, ‘Path’ , are in a previous post. I have since modified and renamed the painting as the series has developed but most of the information is still relevant. Here is the link: http://www.johnvincent.co.uk/wordpress/?p=1422
For the second year running, I will taking part in a group Pop Up Art Exhibition at The Cloisters in Letchworth Garden City.
Last year I showed video work relating to the previous ‘Alternative Letchworth’ exhibition, this year I will be showing my most recent series of paintings – night time images of the Garden City and surrounds – alongside other artists work which will include painting, sculpture, performance and video work.
The Cloisters is a visually impressive building (inside and out) with a fascinating history. It is located on Barrington Rd in Letchworth, a short walk from the town centre.
I am finishing off two other works in preparation for the show at my new studio in Letchworth. ‘Eastcheap Studios’ opened earlier last month and is a creative base for a group of locally situated contemporary artists producing some very exciting new works.
HOW TO GET THERE
Letchworth can be reached from Cambridge or London (via either Kings Cross or St Pancras) by train, or off Junction 9 on the A1(M) by car.
The Cloisters, Barrington Rd, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3TH
See the above poster (designed by Callum Abbot) for further details.
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 been posting (via my Instagram account) the development of some new paintings. I am creating a new series of works, returning to photography as the primary source with a couple of changes to my previous process and some new ideas behind the content of the works.
The first change is in how I make use of drawing. Over the past year and a half whilst establishing my Illustration, Design and Photo practice, I have been focussing on my drawing skills. I have subsequently chosen to deploy the enhancements gained here in to the process of creating new painted works. Previously, I have used drawing in a more mechanical fashion to transfer the photographic image to the canvas via OHP projection or a grid – using it as scaffolding.
Now, drawing is playing a greater role in the process and acts as an interception between photo and painting, by working from eye to interpret the photo allowing all kinds of interesting distortions to creep in. By referring to the photo during the painting process, I keep the feel of the photograph but the overall painting is, for the most part, destined by the initial drawing and layout and new information is painted in. The end result is a more interesting and atmospheric interpretation of the source photograph. I would liken this to the writing and re-writing of memory, seeing what you want to see, remembering what you want to remember.
This brings me to the the second change which was inspired by involvement in the Alternative Letchworth exhibition late last year. Part of the thinking behind my short film ‘The Last Of Letchworth’ was to incorporate my personal relationship to the local geography. This new set of paintings will be informed by this relationship taken from either a historical perspective or from the present with notions of travelling through time (via memory).
This series is still in under development…I will be updating my Instagram account as the new paintings come together.