Sunday, 25 September 2011

NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2011

                                                                         In a few days, this years NewcastleGateshead Art Fair takes place at the Sage, Gateshead.  I will be representing myself once again, as Jim Edwards Gallery, showcasing my latest paintings and prints.  For this years event I've decided to change my location to Stand P18.  Instead of being at the top of the stairs at the Sage, I have moved further round the first floor, towards the bar.  Could be a risky move.
It would be fantastic if you could come along and see my work.  I have several tickets for the VIP Preview Night, as well as the weekend.  Do get in contact if you would like me to send you some invites.  Hope to see you there.
Opening times
Thursday 29th September, 6 - 9pm (VIP evening)
Friday 30th September, 9.30 - 6pm
Saturday 1st October, 10am - 6pm
Sunday 2nd October, 10am - 5pm

Back to Newcastle

After 8 months living in the wilds of Northumberland, I've finally come to my  senses and decided to return to Newcastle.  It was well worth the experience, and interesting to see my work taking a more rural direction.  But now it's a welcome return to the cityscape.
I'll be moved back next week, but I've already set up my new studio at Kingsland Church Studios.  It's a sister studio to my old place at the Mushroom Work, set in  an old church in the heart of Byker.  If you would like to arrange an appointment to visit my new studio, do get in contact:
Kingsland Church Studios
Priory Green
Newcastle upon Tyne

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

New studio

Forgot to mention, I have a new studio up in Wooler.  I think I've already mentioned, I'm no longer at the Mushroom Works.  I tried to work from home, but the children drove me mad.  And I kept finding biscuits, and wanting to play Mariocart on the Wii.
The studio has 2 separate rooms to work with; a nice, tidy space to display work and frame stuff, and the other room to splatter with paint.  If ever you're in the Northumberland area, you're more than welcome to pop in and have a look.  The address for the new studio is:
Studio 25
Glendale Business Park
NE71 6QP

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Budding Artists

I recently got an email from Mrs Thompson, a primary school teacher from Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend.  She told me all about the enthusiastic and talented 7-8 year old children in her class.  They've been studying my paintings, and produced some amazing work inspired by my style.  She wasn't wrong.  
I received a large envelope at my studio, full of fantastic children's artwork, it absolutely made my day.  Some wonderfully observed views of the Tyne bridges.  Great use of colour using pastels and/or felt tips.  
My paintings are all about working from memory, how I remember the recognisable structures in the city, similar to how I used to paint as a child.  I came across an imagined cityscape I did when I was about 6 yrs old, full of skyscrapers and the sky crowded with planes and parachutes, [mental note: must include more parachutes in future paintings of Newcastle].  I could tell I enjoyed myself, looking at it now, and not worrying about it looking truthful or credible.  I'll add it to the blog later in this week.  When I paint, I try to hold on to that level of childish enjoyment, where I can play with form and colour, and not concern myself too much about accuracy.  And this really comes across in these childrens pictures of Newcastle.  Mistakes and alterations can be the best parts of a painting.  
The compositions were all familiar, and it was interesting to work out which paintings of mine they were based on.  A couple of pictures really caught my eye.

I was particularly impressed by the Great Rorth Run picture by Georgie Teeney, and the amount of work gone into it.  An amazing eye for detail and exceptional line drawing/mark making.  And I know from my version how exhausting it was painting all those runners, so I'm very impressed by the young artist.  Even managed to add Mr bump!  Can't quite tell if Spiderman was also added.  I love the structure captured on the towers of the Tyne Bridge, very abstract with hints of cubism in the angles, loved it!  A really interesting perspective on my own version.

My second favourite has to be the Fishquay by Jack Allenby.  He has thoughtfully captured the boats and buildings.  Interesting angles, and a fabulous use and understanding of colour.
All the Newcastle cityscapes were good, but in particular these two budding artists.  I'll be sending them a couple of limited edition prints for their great work.

Last two commissions of the Tyne Bridges

Managed to finish these two paintings before last weeks deadline, I just forgot to add the finished results to the Blog.  Unimaginatively titled, the paintings 3 Tyne Bridges and 2 Tyne Bridges, were sent to a corporate art company in Liverpool. Ready to supply a new pub in St Marys Place, Newcastle (back and forth!) called The Five Swans, after the sculpture in the Civic Centre gardens. 

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Two commission before the end of the week

Having a mad flap trying to finish a couple of paintings before the end of the week.  It's a commission for a new bar opening in Newcastle.  The brief, to paint two views of the River Tyne, loosely based on a couple of paintings I did a few years ago.  I've finished the 3 Bridges (on the left), just got to finish the 2 Bridges (on the right).  I'll upload the finished paintings to the blog in a couple of days, fingers crossed. Must paint faster!   

Monday, 21 February 2011

Waters Edge IV

Been based at the Mushroom Works for almost 6 years, but in a weeks time I will have cleared out studio 9 for good.  It's been a great few years there, made some brilliant friends, and had a perfect space to paint in.  Will certainly miss the school bell rung every tea break.  My work certainly benefited from being based there, as well as the numerous solo and group exhibitions, Ouseburn Open Studios and the Late Shows.    

I'm finally getting back into painting, following my move to Wooler.  I finished 3 paintings for the Balman Gallery, a follow up to some work I produced for the 'Scapes' Exhibition.  Though a departure from the recognisable cityscapes, these new paintings still reference mans shaping of the landscape, in this case the rural environment.  these compositions of fields and farmhouses, inspired partly by my early abstract Grid paintings.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Moved to Wooler

Had my fill of the city for a bit, so I've decided to move an hour north of Newcastle, to a little town called Wooler.  The kind of space I've been wanting for the past 10 years, back to the country.  It's taken a week to get settled, slowly trying to get back into painting.  Been working on a three new paintings for the Balman Gallery, based on this painting, 'Waters Edge I', I did last year for the Scapes exhibition.  
Been struggling with internet access since arriving.  BT wont fix the line till March 25th, idiots.  So was relying on  wifi in the local cafes, but there was only so much talk of the weather I could take, from all the old dears sipping tea.  Finally got a mobile dongle sorted, so I have brief internet access.  As long as I can respond to emails, get ontop of the blog, faff around on facebook, and listen to music on Spotify whilst I paint.  Heres the playlist I'm listening to today: 

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

London buses I

Latest commission of London buses.  Acrylic on canvas (small, forgotten the exact size, will find out).