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27 February 2018

LET'S FACE THE MUSIC

This morning, in the waiting room of a local hospital before my dermatology appointment ( a minor skin thing needing occasional review) I watched the people sitting there in total silence, mostly old, mostly grim-faced, and I had an urge to get up and say:

We're all going to die sooner or later so.....let's face the music and dance!

Then I would dance and sing with each one of them. That was the movie in my head. The urge was irresistible but I resisted it. Another opportunity to change the world missed.

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19 February 2018

BOXWORK BACKGROUND

The corner of my living room which inspired the setting of the new boxwork and the paintings actually hanging on the wall, mini-versions of which feature in the scene. The painting over the mantelpiece is Sonata for Apples and Chairs (2007). I made a video showing its evolution, here it is. A few other videos I've made are here on Vimeo. Others are on myYouTube

Of the other two painting below, one is a self-portrait painted in Sao Paulo, Brazil aged 21.

living room corner

iving room paintings

self portrait Brazil

apples reflected

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18 February 2018

ANGEL DISGUISED AS PAPER DOLL EXPLAINING THE ARTIST'S WORK

It is probably nearly arguably almost finished. I can't seem to get a decent photo of it in any light. The colours are wrong, you can't see that the figure on the right is the same as the painting hanging behind her, you can't read the title written on the frame and so on. My camera is an old ordinary Canon Power Shot and I think it's exhausted.

It's been more than a year since I started this box-work - I began building it in September 2016.

angel disguised as paper doll

Angel Disguised as Paper Doll Explaining the Artist's Work Mixed media. 51 x 41 x 9 cms (20 x 16.5 x 3.5 inches)

the beginning of Angel Disguised...

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06 February 2018

GYM POETS GIG IN NORWICH

On Thursday I'm going to Norwich to join George Szirtes at the Book Hive for the launch of 30 Poets Go To The Gym, the Candlestick Press publication of his acrobatic poems. I'll be signing copies alongside him since I'm the illustrator but as they're mostly tiny in the pamphlet, here are the celebrity keep-fitters as interpreted by yrs truly. Walt Whitman is on the cover doing his muscular best.

Walt Whitman, gym poets cover

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lord Byron

ee cummings

emily dickinson

TS Eliot

Rainer Maria Rilke

George Szirtes

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