Tuesday, 30 November 2010

'Luke Denning'

'Luke Denning'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
30th November 2010

Monday, 29 November 2010

'Good trip (crooked)'

'Good trip (crooked)'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
29th November 2010

Sunday, 28 November 2010

'Portrait of him as a young woman'

'Portrait of him as a young woman'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
28th November 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

A question for students

What took you so long?

Alright, so it’s not the fault of the existing generation; the blame should be laid at the feet of those that truly were the ‘children of Thatcher’. There have been a few raised voices over various issues since the maintenance grant, made compulsory in 1962, was formally undermined by the creation of the Student Loans Company in 1990. The problem with the protests of the last twenty years is that they have generally only been vocal enough to feature in the media when it is over issues of student finance. Even though these current protests relate directly again to the personal financial interests of the students there does seem to be a general change in the zeitgeist. The issue of education funding seems to be a convenient hanger for a deeper ideological malaise.
There has been a gradual increase in protesting student numbers as the anti-war movement grew, but they were always on the fringe. Now it seems they’re back. The noisy, angry, idealistic, unreasonable student. Thank god – if we can’t rely on the spirit of youth to have the energy to demand political change who else is there?
I listened to a BBC programme this morning attempting to pass itself off as a ‘debate’. The starting point being whether the students should even be allowed to protest or not. Apparently rather than popping into town of an evening and feeling some sort of solace through the expression of comradeship with a like-minded community they should be too busy studying towards making themselves correctly functioning production and/or consumption units in our broken neo-liberal economy.
The same people that celebrate the protests of the aggrieved elsewhere in the world see no contradiction in demanding their children and friends get off the streets. The same generation that to a greater degree have benefitted from post-war social policy giving them near full employment with employment rights, more secure housing entitlement, some degree of pension provision with a period at the end of their lives to use it and, ironically, free education.

So hats off to the students. Be reasonable – demand the impossible.

'Another theft'

'Another theft'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
27th November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

'Empty promises'

'Empty promises'
pencil, chalk and oil on paper
50 x 70 cm
26th November 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010

'Head above water'

'Head above water'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
25th November 2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

'What it all boils down to'

'What it all boils down to'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
24th November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

'Sky's blue'


'Sky's blue'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
23rd November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

'Battle of the beanfield'


'Battle of the beanfield'
pencil, chalk and oil on paper
45 x 50 cm
22nd November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

'The ministry of war'


'The ministry of war'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
21st November 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010

'Last of the famous international playgirls'

'Last of the famous international playgirls'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
20th November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

'Finding the courage to be a fuck-up'


'Finding the courage to be a fuck-up'
conte on paper
58 x 75 cm
19th November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

'Portrait of him as a young man'

'Portrait of him as a young man'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
18th November 2010

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

'Burning the letters'

'Burning the letters'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
17th November 2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

'George's equation with the edges smoothed'



'George's equation with the edges smoothed'
conte on paper
58 x 75 cm
16th November 2010

Monday, 15 November 2010

'Stolen Portrait 11'


'Stolen Portrait 11'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
15th November 2010

Sunday, 14 November 2010

'Stolen Portrait 8'

'Stolen Portrait 8'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
14th November 2010