Commissions, News and Media
January 2018 Exhibition
FRESH PAINT at Messums Wiltshire
FRESH PAINT at MESSUMS WILTSHIRE 6 January – 4 February 2018
From Messums website;
Messums Wiltshire is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition of 2018, Fresh Paint. Displayed in the Long Gallery, Fresh Paint will showcase a mixture of established and emerging artists, from Royal Academicians to those just out of degree shows based around the country. Artists will include Orlanda Broom, Tom Hammick and Stephen Chambers RA as well as a slew of exciting new painters including Katherine Maple.
Join us on Friday 5 January at 6:00pm for a preview of the exhibition in the Long Gallery. Our new bar will also be open.
The thematic strand through this diverse range of paintings, which weaves them all together is colour. Apart from being critically lacking in the winter scenery, many cultures mark their New Year celebrations by using bright, cheering colours in the form of fireworks or costumes. The use of optimistic hues symbolise — like our exhibition — the hope and the promise of the year’s opening months.
In China, for example, it is customary to mark the New Year by giving gifts or exchanging money, wrapped in red envelopes; a colour prevalent throughout the streets, in the form of bright paper lanterns. In Brazil, people wear various shades of coloured underwear to bring prosperity and good luck, sometimes inside out to encourage extra fortune and Italy it is specifically red underwear which is said to bring love and romance.
Fresh Paint nods to these celebratory traditions by noting the important colours of other cultures and focusing on vibrancy, dynamism and saturation in order to banish those cold and grey winter days.
Stephen Chambers’ bold paintings hover between the abstract and figurative, minimal and decorative. His colourful images of figures and landscapes are held in a kind of ‘suspended animation’. Stephen wants us to experience the ‘feeling’ of his painting, his own personal experiences, his fears, his memories of childishness tinged with a darker adult knowing. His paintings are a feast for the imagination but are also exquisitely crafted. Relying on flat planes of intense, seductive colour and pattern, their sheer beauty pulls us into his strange and complex world.
Orlanda Broom’s practice takes two distinct forms: lush, exotic landscapes and abstract pieces. Connecting these bodies of work is a strong sense of colour, references to organic forms and the exploration of the mediums she works with. The abstract paintings are created through a process that involves no intervention with tools or brushes, just the flow and manipulation of the medium on the canvas. Her landscapes represent fantastical, re-imagined places, which in some sense are a rose-tinted view of the natural world. The surface joyousness is tempered by an uneasy sense of abandonment, a place untouched and timeless but a paradise that would ultimately ensnare.
Iain Andrews, Orlanda Broom, Simon Carter, Stephen Chambers, Freya Douglas, Tom Hammick, Kathryn Maple, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Wang Yuting
Interview for Jacksons Blog about 2017 highlights and working on Manna Hata
Dentons Art Prize
I was very happy to be selected for Dentons Art Prize and also to win the staff choice award, Dec 2017.
The Dentons Art Prize was launched in January 2016 in collaboration with curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw. The competition aims to support diverse and dynamic artists as they embark on their careers. It is a biannual monetary award of £5,000 that is given to one artist by a panel of independent judges.
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Manna Hata Commission
Large scale painting commissioned for the Four Seasons, Down Town NY. Installed in the lobby of the recently opened hotel. The painting references Manhattan's modern history. Time-lapse and short interview here.
Article by Sarah Ryan, founder of New Blood Art on investing in art.
The Art Masters section of the webiste focuses on mid-career artists and some small scale work is available to buy there
Sir Peter Blake's Collage
I was invited to be included in the giant collage by Sir Peter Blake that covered Mandarin Oriental, London during renovation works (row three, seven from the left!). Five of my paintings hang in the Rosebury Room at the Mandarin.
Three large scale paintings commissioned for a home in Mustique.
'Shade on Humming Bird Highway' 335 x 213cm(below)
'Cicada Ridge' 213 x 229cm
'Lula' being crated for shipping