LGBTQ art exhibition

Over the last few months I’ve been working with some professional artists from the Isle of Wight who identify as standing under the LGBTQ umbrella on an exhibition to coincide with IW Pride. This is the first exhibition of this kind to have been put together on the Island. The artists have been very supportive and generous lending work for the exhibition, much of which has not been shown before and a lot which has been produced especially for this exhibition. Last week I hung the pieces which is not as easy as you might think, it’s not just a case of hammering in some nails and hanging the pictures off them!

The exhibition opened yesterday in the Clayden Gallery at Quay Arts in Newport and will be on display for seven weeks. Later in the week is arriving work from the Emerald Winter Pride Award exhibition which has been on display in London.

I’m going to be hanging this work in the Seminar room at Quay Arts on Thursday and Friday and the official launch of both these exciting exhibitions will be on Friday evening.

Quay Arts have been very supportive of IW Pride allowing us to put on the Island artists exhibition, the Emerald exhibition, show displays of work in the bar, cafe as well as an LGBTQ play in the theatre, perhaps the Isle of Wight isn’t stuck in the 70’s as some cynical people claim!

As well as the two LGBTQ exhibitions there’s also an exhibition called Bloom which will run for a couple of weeks. I’ve actually got work in all three! (talk about blowing my own trumpet!)

 

 

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Exhibition at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery

I’m delighted to invite you all to an exhibition of my artwork at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery at Halberry Lane in Newport on The Isle of Wight. The exhibition is on for the next month or so and is open between 9 and 5pm daily.

I’m particularly pleased to be able to show my artwork here as its such a special place and very important to so many in our Island community.

I’m showing my pen and ink drawings, prints of which are available to buy. The prints are signed and mounted ready to frame, with profits going to the Hospice.

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I’m also showing some of my autobiographical abstract rolled paper pieces.

 

 

Please pop along to see, and hopefully buy, some artwork. You can have something nice to eat and and drink in the lovely cafe and visit the Chelsea garden. It’s a warm and very welcoming place run by wonderful people who do an incredible job.

On Sunday 13 May there is…..Walk the Wight for Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The walk raises money which enables the Hospice to develop their services for Islanders and their families. It’s at the very heart of their fundraising efforts and really unites the Island.

There is the long walk all the way around the Island which is probably suited for people fitter than me, but there is also a eight mile walk from Sandown to Shide (from Sandown bay to the centre of the Island) This year we’ve signed up for this shorter walk and we’re hoping for nice weather. It should be a wonderful experience and on a personal level I’ll be walking in memory of my parents.

 

So, I didn’t win

So, I didn’t win, but I’m still pretty pleased to have got to the finals in a field of over seven hundred applicants, and I think ‘All One’ looks pretty good hanging at The House of St Barnabas in Soho Square.

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This is a new piece I’ve been working on just back from the framer. I’m quite pleased with it and have called it ‘Infusion’

 

Emerald Winter Pride Art Award Update

A couple of posts ago I wrote that I’d put a piece of my work forward for the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award.

The idea is that the judges look at photos of work before coming up with a shortlist of finalists and then see the actual work in order to pick the winner.

There were about seven hundred applicants for the award and guess what, yes, I have been chosen as one of the seventeen finalists.

On Monday we took the piece to The House of St Barnabas (a private members club in Soho Square in London) where the judging will take place and where the finalists will be exhibited. The winner (actually there are two awards so two winners) will be announced tomorrow evening so fingers crossed.

Whatever the result I’m pleased with my piece of artwork and pretty thrilled to be a finalist………though obviously I’d love to win!

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Theatre of One

 

The other day I up to London for an exhibition.

My best girl friend Belinda was having her first  photography exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall. I’ve know Belinda for ever.

After studying photography she carved out a career as a very successful fashion model, its only recently that she’s moved back behind the camera again.

She’s produced a collection of self portraits inspired by and  interpreting her visions and dreams She works alone, producing sketches, making costumes and props and sourcing locations. She sets the scene and takes the pictures herself, in fact you can sometimes see the hand held remote.

It was a fabulous exhibition incorporating specialty created film, music and spoken word as well as the photos, some of which were huge.

Mills and Boon illustrations

Some years ago we were looking around the stalls in one of the Brighton antique markets and came across a pile of paintings. It turns out that they were original paintings and illustrations for Mills and Boon romance novels from the seventies and eighties. The artist (L Houghton) had died, his wife had put the pictures in the garage and had now decided to get rid of them altogether! There were loads of them and after a good route through them all we ended up buying five……….for six pounds each!

I’ve been told that if I could find out which books they illustrated they could be worth real money but I’m not going to bother looking as they have (and still do) give us endless enjoyment making up various stories and scenarios for the characters. The colours, locations and outfits really sum up the seventies for me……not that I remember the seventies of course! 

I bought this painting from ebay, I’m not sure if it’s by the same artist, the name might be hidden under the mount but it’s fabulous anyway!

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Artist..Kevin M Paulsen

I’m very lucky to be Facebook friends with Clive Hicks-Jenkins an artist whose work I admire hugely. He generously shares his work on Facebook, his thought processes and sketches, models and maquettes. I can’t claim to understand or recognize all his references, the symbols, the folklore……but then I don’t think that matters, what matters is that his work stimulates, excites, resonates and makes my life richer.

Last week on his blog (Clive Hicks-Jenkins Artlog) he introduced an American artist Kevin M Paulsen. I realized that through my work (at one time) as an interior designer I had come across this chap through his mural work.

He is perhaps best known for his murals and decorations for early American houses…..but there is so very much more to this man.

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His work conjures up the past with his use of traditional colours, earth tones of red, ochre and green and his love of patina, his use of classical architecture, pavilions, spewing volcanoes and ships at full mast.

His drawings and paintings are often presented as if seen on a stage through a proscenium of swags and elaborate drapes or between classical columns and ruins that might suggest a ‘grand tour’. His fantastical buildings are draped with lights and flags. In fact flags and banners, sails, tented pavilions and fabric screens are prevalent in his work.

What are the flags and pennants celebrating and what’s going on inside those pavilions and behind those screens? Where are his vast sailing ships with hundreds of sails and flags going to or coming from and who inhabits his buildings?

Looking at his work I’m invited into a world that is dreamlike, part recognized, part fantastical and a little scary (but in a good way!) with swirling mists and shimmering water, neo-classical architecture and weeping willows, the occasional figure (lovers or murderers)…….I love it.

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I’m now a Facebook friend of Kevin Paulsen….I think it’s going to be interesting.