I have three pieces of work in the Rural Surrealism and Winter Exhibition at Twenty Twenty Gallery in Quality Square, Ludlow.
The private view will be Friday 23rd November, 2018 between 6pm and 8pm. Do come along to see the exhibition and have a glass of wine or elderflower. Lots of interesting work by various artists. All very welcome.
Exhibition: 24th November to 24th December, 2018 www.twenty-twenty.co.uk
Liam O’Connor gave an interesting talk about his journey from being a successful commercial artist, creating work that the gallery could sell, to finding a way that he could create work that felt more authentic to him. His initial problem was that his gallery portraits paid his bills.
Liam’s main questions surrounding his practice, became concerned with where his work fit in; It’s cultural worth vs it’s commercial worth and what did he feel was needed from his work. He suggested that all artists should be engaging with these questions.
After completeing an MA in Fine Art, in which he wasn’t entirely happy with his work, Liam adopted a pseudonym – Caspar White, and began to create much more interesting work that he felt to be more about who he really was, whilst still painting work commercially, under his real name. The last three years have seen him go from strength to strength with not only his own work (Winning the BP award for portraiture), but as a curator pulling together work by well known and lesser known artists in different spaces and cities.
It was interesting to hear his story – particularly now that Casper is becoming someone who sells! Will he have to find yet another pseudonym?
Liam’s work is worth viewing – I particularly liked the idea of his ice work, in which he painted portraits directly on to ice and then allowd them to melt. You can see some of his ice work videos here: https://vimeo.com/casperwhite
‘Sleeping’ on paper covered plywood, about a foot square. I ripped paper up in the vague shapes of face, boats, sea and leaves and brushed them on with pva and gesso. The paint is gouache – cheap ones while I’m playing. The workshop yesterday seemed to get me going a bit – feel clearer about what it is I am trying to do on this course. I feel a mixture of fear and excitement. I like the way the gouche seeps into the edges of the torn and cut shapes adding texture and also somehow giving it a sense of layering and history – albeit a short one. I am thinking all kinds of things ranging from: Can I make her really big? What is her body like? What is her history? How can I use text in the painting? My own? Parts of story – old versions of Sleeping Beauty? New? Many layers? Is she all of them? Is she sleeping or dead or dreaming? Is she no one and no where? Water. Sleep. Birth. Death. Dreams to come. Unlived dreams. Real. unreal.
I am attempting to free up and re-train my hand eye coordination. Funnily enough I found by accident that I felt less constrained by not wearing my glasses. This helped me not to be too concerned with detail on the actual page and to look more at what I was drawing…
An exhibition of paintings, prints and cards at Church Stretton’s Mayfair Community Centre The centre offers yoga, art and reflexology to name a few – it’s worth checking out what they offer overall. You will get a warm welcome.
View the exhibition in the cafe
I have cards and prints in the reception area where they also have a little shop.
‘Moon Blowing Stars Across the Sea’
Watercolour and Gold leaf, 2017.
Original paintings from my imagination.
‘Moon and Magic’ Exhibition by Tamsin Bridge until March 12th, 2018: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
New hand made Christmas cards from my original images mounted on gold with sparkle added.
‘A Song in My Heart’ hand made card from original image by Tamsin Bridge
Tree of Life
This painting is a celebration of Sun. I was playing with the lines to give an impression of energy and a swirling movement to the sun. It was used for the private view card to the 2016 Summer Exhibition at the former Silk Top Hat Gallery in Ludlow. It is now in the possession of Jill Howorth’s brother, David and his wife Linda at their beautiful home near Bridgenorth, complete with peacocks! Jill was fond of this painting and photographed me with it for a news item about the gallery that year. I gave it to David and Linda after she died – to me it seemed the right thing to do – the best home…
Photograph: Jill Howorth – Summer 2016 outside Silk Top Hat Gallery.