Wednesday, 22 February 2017

LATEST PAINTING: BLISS IN CONCRETE, plus video clip.

This is the painting formerly known as 'WORK IN PROGRESS B': After months of revisions ( scroll down the blog to see the various iterations ), this final version began to emerge a few days ago. I love the heavy 'concrete' look of it, as it reminds me of the weathered Brutalist architecture that sprang up in post-war Britain.


BLISS IN CONCRETE: Acrylic On Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, 2017.





Once being the height of futuristic design, Brutalism's often dark, crumbling appearance soon prompted it to fall out of favour with the general public, to the point where many examples of it are either being demolished or in danger of being demolished.

[very lo-fi ] VIDEO CLIP

I recorded this three-minute clip as soon as I finished the new painting. In case you're wondering, its colours and shapes prompted me to name it after a track by the instrumental rock band Pelican, from their City of Echoes album. 



BLISS IN CONCRETE : STOREYS

In order to free up some space on this blog, and give it a bit more variety, I've consolidated many of the progressions of WORK IN PROGRESS 'B' / BLISS IN CONCRETE onto this page. So, apologies if you're a fan of a particular earlier version of this piece, but for me, I'm rather tired of having to scroll down and seeing it constantly reappear in all its many frustrating iterations.

Bliss In Concrete / Progressions / Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm

( i ) 06/01/2016 - ( ii ) 15 / 09 / 2016
( iii ) 20 / 09 / 2016 -  ( iv ) 06 / 10 / 2016



( v ) 11 / 10 / 2016 - (vi ) 25 / 10 / 2016




( xi ) 15 / 02 / 2017 - ( xii ) 22 / 02 / 2017



If you really can't get enough of the BLUE PHASE of this piece, click here and here.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

WORK IN PROGRESS 'B': 21 / 02 / 2017...NEARLY FINISHED.

Probably about one day away from completion. Here's a teaser, below. I think it may be the best abstract painting I've done so far...I'll explain why when I've finished it.

Below: Detail close-up of Untitled Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm.




BUYERS & COLLECTORS: UPDATE

You can find my current pieces at the DAPHNE FRANCIS GALLERY website, or you can visit ( by appointment only ). If you live in the UK, arrangements can also be made to bring the pieces to your home for viewing.



Friday, 3 February 2017

LET'S TWIST

It's not necessarily making 'picturesque' geometric patterns that interests me. It's pushing the software again and again, repeating the same manoeuvre on the computer, and then seeing what the ragged edges look like. It's these 'edgelands' that interest me the most.

Below: Let's Twist / Digital Vector Drawing



Below: Unretouched photograph of office block next to Snow Hill Station, Birmingham.




Below: Same photo glitched in Wordpad