Friday, 28 January 2011

Erotic Art Exhibition

26cm x 16cm oil on canvas £90.


I think mine was the only still life at the gallery among all that flesh. Here are the details.


No taboo is left unexplored as The Gallery Liverpool launches its first ever exhibition of erotic art. From Bondage sculpture by Sexcetera’s Len Gifford to vaginal art (!), when Michelangelo said that "In art immorality cannot exist", he hadn’t seen this work!

Featuring entertainment from Liverpool’s first male pole dancer (as well as a more traditional female – we aim to cater for all tastes!), and live art performances.

Boundaries WILL be crossed and – if you dare much of the work in the show is for sale.

We are proud to be working together with IOISIS Pole Dancers & The Association of Erotic Artists. Featuring work from the acclaimed “ photographer to the stars” John Stoddart.

Public viewing
Friday 28th January - Friday 11th February 2011

Times: Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sat 10.00am - 2.00pm
Closed: Sundays

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Liverpool painting No. 108. Coburg Wharf

20cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas board, £90.


It would be really easy to get bogged down and intimidated by the sheer number of boats on the water. I find it more than useful to use a mixture of hard and soft edges and vary the tones with marks of paint that suggest more than describe.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Self Portrait

Self portrait 21cm x 15cm carbon.

Did some drawing today at the studio, no props needed just a mirror. I’ve been reading some of the deeper meanings behind the artist and the self portrait. What it gives me is more practice and an image, if placed on the mantelpiece, that will keep the children away from the dangers of the fire

Rembrandt created vast amounts of self-portraits through intensive self-study and chronicled his circumstances through life. No artist has left a loftier or more penetrating personal testament than Rembrandt van Rijn with more than 90 portraits of himself that date from the outset of his career in the 1620s to the year of his death in 1669

One of the greatest examples of self-portrait as self study can be seen in the work of Frida Kahlo. In approximately one-third of her work Kahlo used herself as the main subject, creating a kind of therapy, struggling to make amends with personal afflictions.

Vincent Van Gogh charted his development as an artist in an amazing series of candid self portraits. These not only record the changes in his painting technique, but also reveal his psychological decline with a humility and honesty not seen since the self portraits of Rembrandt. In the last five years of his life he painted over thirty self portraits.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Liverpool drawing. Otterspool Prom


21cm x 15cm carbon and white acrylic.

I’m getting back to the painting and drawing after a long winter break. I walked from the Albert Dock to the Britannia Pub along the prom and back again, another first for me. I had no paints just a carbon pencil, white acrylic and some of Busters water. I'd gone for a walk with my wife and the dog, I’d decided to let some sea air blow through their bones...the dog that is, not the wife. The rails were full of fishermen along the way so I couldn't resist a sketch into the sun.