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Thoughts on A sense of ancient stories

  Sitting here in the gallery seems a good moment to reflect on my latest show. This is the second of my explorations into the exhibition as a sequential narrative, and unlike For Those In peril all the paintings were completed before I wrote the narrative. The show includes 25 paintings, completed over the last 7 years, … Continue reading Thoughts on A sense of ancient stories

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A sense of ancient stories

My next exhibition Some feel a connection to the forest, for others it’s the sea, or rocks and crags. Round here it’s the Peaks, but for many the buzz of the urban feels like home. Regardless of where though, it seems that many of us have a deep sense of belonging, of place, reinforced by … Continue reading A sense of ancient stories

Nightlife

The area my studio is located in, Kelham Island, is a rapidly changing place. When I got to Sheffield in 1990 it was a decayed landscape; half derelict factories, some still housing light industry, set among the wasteland of it's industrial past. Nobody lived there, after sundown it's main visitors were the kerb crawlers and … Continue reading Nightlife

Reflections on a memory

Last year I stumbled across the old Guest & Chrimes steelworks in Rotherham, part demolished in a wasteland behind the football ground. The site has inspired a number of paintings, and the first of these is Reflections on a memory. The painting is intended as a comment on the sense of loss and isolation that … Continue reading Reflections on a memory

It’s been a while

Shocked that I haven't posted anything since July last year, or updated the Artworks section to include all of my last 15 months output. Take it as a consequence of the the realities of life as a self-representing artist. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are my main media platforms, and attractive to me because they seem … Continue reading It’s been a while

The road we walked before

The world I grew up in was very different. Pre Reagan and Thatcher, shocked by the extremities of the 1939-45 conflict, and still remembering prewar economic depression, it seemed there was a consensus about the social duty of the State. Working, health and housing conditions were on the rise, as was disposable income. It was … Continue reading The road we walked before

KurbArt done, looking ahead.

Well, it took longer to hang than we expected, but the Little Kelham Urban Art Gallery is now hung. 13 murals, 12 painted and one made of hand crafted tiles, 7 of them mine. It was certainly an interesting journey completing this one, and stretched me massively as both an artist and project manager.  I'm … Continue reading KurbArt done, looking ahead.