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