Archive for May, 2008

Press

May 30, 2008

It’s always nice to have your work featured in a magazine. I’d never heard of this one before but there are some rather beautiful things in the ‘Gloucestershire Preview’, including a piece of my work.

 

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This is the piece that was featured.

 

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Charley Harper

May 29, 2008

A friend introduced me to Charley Harper’s work and I fell in love with it immediately.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio he was a modernist artist and illustrator best known for his graphic and stylized depictions of birds and wildlife.

Here are some examples of the greetings cards I have for sale at Elphick’s.

 

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Deco Wallpaper

May 29, 2008

I found these amazing Art Deco French wallpaper samples at an antique market recently. I am cutting them up to produce still life flower arrangements. You can see one that I have already completed further on in the blog under the heading ‘Fleur’. I will be releasing them as limited edition prints. I will post the new ones just as soon as they are finished. 

 

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K2

May 29, 2008

I was commissioned by Crawley Borough Council in 2006 to produce three artworks based on sporting activities in Crawley. This was my first ever Public Art Commission and I really enjoyed working on the project. The works are now housed in the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley in the bar area. 

‘Red, Yellow, Green and Blue’ involved photographing Crawley Town Football Club at two separate home games against Worcester City and Morecombe FC.

‘K2 Climb’ depicts several climbing sessions at K2. The climbing wall was chosen for the colourful patterns already created by the multi-coloured climbing holds.

‘Elastica’ involved photographing Hawth Gymnastics Club, where the girls were asked to adopt various gymnastic poses. These images were mirrored and repeated.

All measure 1m x 1m.

 

 

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Red, Yellow, Green and Blue

 

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K2 Climb

 

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Elastica

Rob Clarke

May 29, 2008

Rob has been one of the artist’s at Elphick’s from the very start and his drawings of birds and dogs have been very popular down here on Columbia Road. Here is a small selection but you will find a whole lot more in the print and drawing browser at Elphick’s.

He does rather beautiful paintings of flowers and plants which I will post up later.

 

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Western Kingbird. 29cm x 20cm £94

 

Mandarin. 40cm x 29cm £141

 

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Lurcher. 29cm x 21cm £94

 

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Alaskan Malamute. 29cm x 20cm £94

Can Can

May 28, 2008

A montage of some of the free for all stencils at The Cans Festival.

 

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Badgers Set

May 28, 2008

Miss Kim Jenkins, an artist at Elphick’s seems to have the same fascination with badgers that I have with birds. Never the less her prints are beautiful and are forever popular at my shop.

The first print is a combination of screen printing and foil printing, the second is a lino cut.

£105 (30cm x 24cm) and £85 (32cm x 27cm) respectively (unframed) at Elphick’s.

 

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Etch a Sketch

May 28, 2008

I started an etching course at The Princes Drawing School at the beginning of the year which I really enjoy, it’s great to be drawing again after so many years looking through a lens. 

Here are some of my etchings…….

‘Owl’ is inspired by a Japanese cast iron owl I bought at Shelf on Cheshire Street, London E2, ‘Russian Bird’ is a drawing of a Russian ceramic that I bought and sold at Elphick’s and ‘V & A Study’ is the result of a day spent drawing at The Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

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Owl

 

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Russian Bird

 

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V & A Study

 

 

Bryan Pearce

May 25, 2008

I first discovered Bryan Pearce’s work in 2001 on a holiday in St Ives Cornwall and I have been a HUGE fan ever since. 

Bryan was born in St Ives in 1929 and suffered from Phenylketonuria which affects the normal development of the brain.

He was encouraged to paint by his mother and attended the St Ives School of Painting from 1953 to 1957.

He was one of the leading naive artists who was often compared with Alfred Wallis.

Bryan sadly died in January 2007.

The image below is a print that I have in  my collection called St. Just in Roseland.

 

 

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Rob Ryan

May 25, 2008

I first came across Rob’s work way back in 1996 when a group of us, who mainly went to Worthing College of Art and Design, or lived there put on a show in Chiltern Street, London W1 through Alternative Arts.
I exhibited the very first of my high-rise montages and Rob exhibited a number of ink drawings with the heading “THERE WILL BE FREE ART WON’T THERE SARGE????”
Believe it or not all of his drawings were absolutely free and I was very lucky to bag a beautiful drawing of a man walking past a house through some trees. The words “I walked and I thought” repeatedly written over the top. I absolutely love this drawing and it has had pride of place in my living room ever since. He has done a paper cut version of it for his book ‘This is For You’.
I have exhibited Rob’s work since I opened and here are a couple of the editioned screen prints that are available at Elphick’s .
£380 framed.

 

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Other Planets Cannot Be As Beautiful As This One

 

 

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The Kissing Gate