25 February 2014

Pastel Sketches ii Auction @ McTears

Pastel Sketches ii Auction
@ McTears Gallery 1842
Starts February 24th - Ends 3rd March
 
The second Pastel Sketches auction at McTears Auctioneers in Glasgow is now live online

www.gallery1842.com

Following last year's inaugrial sketches auction which saw a sell out result, McTears invited me to release another set of 20 Pastel Sketches. All the sketches are created on coloured, heavy grade pastel paper in both A3 and A4 formats.

My pastel sketches have only been made available for these two special auctions to date, so they are a rare thing indeed.
Go check them out, and maybe put in a bid on vour favourite piece! :)

28 November 2013

Look At It My Way


This is the 50th painting I've made this year and I've had a bit of a like/hate/hate/like/hate/love relationship with it throughout the process. Started off with the image in my head but not having any idea what the point of it would ...be or it's meaning. I couldn't even pretend that there was a story to fit it.

In the early stages of painting the grid and squares, I wanted to give up on it but perservered simply due to not wanting the time spent on it already to be wasted. I returned to the piece 3 or 4 times in between creating other work, something I very rarely do. Also in the hope that it could still go somewhere, even though I wasn't enjoying a single moment of its creation, and even questioned giving up on painting altogether (Self doubt is a real pain in the rear!). Only when finishing off the characters and toward the very end of completion, did it eventually win me over, to the point now that I have become rather fond of it. I almost do not want to let this one go, but alas must.

 
"Look At It My Way"


All of my paintings have some kind of meaning and story behind them, but this one doesn't at all, only the personal story of the journey I've had making it.

 

12 October 2013

Just Another Illusion

Two brand new paintings now available at Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester:


 "Stairway"
80cm x 80cm
acrylic on box canvas
 
 
"A Life of Illusion"
80cm x 80cm
acrylic on box canvas
 
 
These paintings will be on show at the upcoming London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea where they will be exhibited by the Richard Goodall Gallery. The art fair runs from 24th - 27th October.
 
Contact Richard Goodall Gallery for more details on availability of these new paintings and other original work.
 


3 July 2013

Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition for Great Ormond Street Hospital


'Memorabilia' promises to be an art exhibition with a difference! Recall precious moments from childhood, conjuring an atmosphere of nostalgia and reintroducing you to some gems from the past, all through the work of some of the UK's most influential artists.

The event will take place in the Art Studios of 66 Norlington Road, Leyton E10 6LA on the weekend of the 6th and 7th July, 12-5pm as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail.

On the Saturday night from 8pm there will also be a party hosted by the artists resident at the studios, during which visitors can take part in some retro gaming, enjoy some  toys of yesteryear and even take part in a Space Hopper Race! (It's got to be worth going, just for that!)

But all these fun and games is for the more important purpose of raising much needed funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the fine work they do for sick children.

Carne Griffths, artist and organiser of this superb event:
“We owe so much to GOSH, they saved our little girl, Noemi’s life. Through their actions my wife Claire and I were inspired to do something positive. We wanted to create a sense of nostalgia with this show, to remind us of our inner child. Hopefully those feelings will raise money for the incredibly important work GOSH does.” 

You can check out some of the Original Paintings, Prints and Sculptures exhibiting and available at this show by visiting the online shop here;    http://memorabilia2013.bigcartel.com/


 "W R In Control"
This new piece from the Life is a Game We Play series was created especially for the 'Memorabilia'
50% of the final sale price will be donated to GOSH.


If you're in the market to buy a great piece of art, now is the time, as anything from 30-100% of each sale will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

You can also find out more and register your interest in going to the event by visiting the Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition Facebook Page, which I highly recommend doing :)



'Have you played Atari today?'



21 May 2013

Forth Valley Open Studios


I'm showing at this years
Forth Valley Open Studios, June 8th - 16th
where I will be based at The Westland's Hotel, Dunblane.




Artist Derek Collins will also be on show at the same venue, so plenty of great art, to enjoy, including some brand new Carruthers and Collins Collaborative paintings


It's also a great place to eat and have a drink, so come and say hello.

Find out more details on the location and openng times at the  Open Studios website;

The show will be open from Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th, 10am - 7pm
drop me a message if you plan to visit on a certain day, and I will make sure I am there.

25 April 2013

Coming Together for The Children's Trust


As the official artist-in-residence for The Children's Trust annual Art Exhibition, I invited budding young artists to complete an artwork by painting in the black outline images of my child characters.




It was great to see the drawing come to life with vibrant colours and some really interesting creativity from all the children, from chequered trousers to green shoes, and pink hair!


There was some serious concentration going on!


It was such an enjoyable experience for me to be able to work with all the children who took part in this little collaboration, from ages 2 to 15.





‘Come Together’ was finished on the last day of the exhibition by two-year-old Emma Hevesy. The painting has been donated to The Children’s Trust, a national charity that provides specialist care for some of the UK’s most severely disabled children, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury.


And this is the finished masterpiece

 "Come Together"

I hope patients and visitors at the trust will gain as much joy looking at the painting as we did creating it.


3 April 2013

Resident Artist @ The Childrens Trust spring exhibition

This year, I have been chosen to be resident artist at The Children's Trust Spring Art Exhibition. I will be dabbling in a bit of live painting as well as exhibiting a new collection of work!

April 12th - 14th
@ The Childrens Trust Manor, Tadworth, Surrey

 "Play By Numbers"

The event is in its 27th year and is organised by the Friends of The Children's Trust to raise money for the charity that helps children with multiple disabilities.

Admission is FREE.
The three-day Exhibition is open from:
6pm - 9pm on Friday 12th,
10am - 5pm on Saturday 13th,
and 10am - 3pm on Sunday 14th April 2013.