Thursday, 31 March 2011

'equals now'

'equals now'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
31st March 2011

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

'dust'

'dust'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
30th March 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

'counting the days'

'counting the days'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
29th March 2011

Monday, 28 March 2011

'shadows'

'shadows'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
28th March 2011

Sunday, 27 March 2011

'fuck politics - let's riot'


'fuck politics - let's riot'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
27th March 2011

Saturday, 26 March 2011

'dreaming of someone else's death-mask'

'dreaming of someone else's death-mask'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
26th March 2011

Friday, 25 March 2011

'still trying'

'still trying'
conte and chalk on paper
32 x 30 cm
25th March 2011

Thursday, 24 March 2011

'in the ante-room'

'in the ante-room'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
24th March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

'feigning morning'

'feigning morning'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
23rd March 2011

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

'fuck the markets'

'fuck the markets'
conte and chalk on newsprint
32 x 40 cm
22nd March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

'magpie'

'magpie'
conte on paper
21 x 21 cm
21st March 2011

Sunday, 20 March 2011

'where's the trust?'

'where's the trust?'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
20th March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

'quand il descend'

'quand il descend'
conte and chalk on paper
100 x 120 cm
19th March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

'the party's over (sceptical)'

'the party's over (sceptical)'
conte and chalk on paper
45 x 21 cm
18th March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011

'Higashi Nihon Dai-Shinsai (2)'

'Higashi Nihon Dai-Shinsai (2)'
conte and chalk on newsprint
47 x 31 cm
17th March 2011

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

'Higashi Nihon Dai-Shinsai (1)'

'Higashi Nihon Dai-Shinsai (1)'
conte and chalk on newsprint
15 x 21 cm
16th March 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

'the mendicant'

'the mendicant'
conte and chalk on paper
100 x 100 cm
15th March 2011

Monday, 14 March 2011

'your opinion is worthless'

'your opinion is worthless'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
14th March 2011

Sunday, 13 March 2011

'and not be in sorrow too? (preparatory sketch)'

'and not be in sorrow too? (preparatory sketch)'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
13th March 2011

Saturday, 12 March 2011

'The party's over (tipping point)'

'The party's over (tipping point)'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 40 cm
12th March 2011

Friday, 11 March 2011

'different desires'

'different desires'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
11th March 2011

Thursday, 10 March 2011

'The last thing you remember'

'The last thing you remember'
conte, chalk and masking tape on paper
44 x 21 cm
10th March 2011

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

'Jack's subscription'

'Jack's subscription'
conte, chalk and linseed oil on paper
70 x 50 cm
9th March 2011

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

'Acid free'

'Acid free'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
8th March 2011

Monday, 7 March 2011

'scruff'

'scruff'
(Sheffield Institute of Arts fundraiser)
,
permanent marker on t-shirt
7th March 2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

'Her mask'

'Her mask'
conte and chalk on paper
50 x 70 cm
6th March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011

'turn away'

'turn away'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
5th March 2011

Friday, 4 March 2011

'When this is as good as it gets'

'When this is as good as it gets'
conte and ink on newsprint and paper
100 x 150 cm
4th March 2011

Thursday, 3 March 2011

'In the image of god'

'In the image of god'
conte on paper
21 x 32 cm
3rd March 2011

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

'Quand la lune est pleine de l'eau'

'Quand la lune est pleine de l'eau'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
2nd March 2011

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

new work and methods

Today I have finished the first part of my work for the show that follows on from the Inferno show in Bologna. The new work is inspired by Dante's Purgatory, the second part of his Divine Comedy; the first piece for it is a series of numbered, stencilled paintings that highlight my proposed focus for the Purgatory exhibition. The show is scheduled to open in New York around the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Whereas Inferno sites its residents depending on Dante’s consideration of their actions in life, Purgatory deals more with motivation and intent. As much of the work in my Inferno paintings relates to issues of current conflicts and it ends with a painting of the attack on the World Trade Center towers it seemed appropriate to relate Purgatory to the political decision-making made following the attack. Historically 9/11 is probably the most significant event since the end of the Second World War, not just because of the terrible loss of life that day, but out of consideration of the political events that both led to it and from it.
To echo the aftermath of the attacks I will be using a reduced colour palette with a predominance of greys and white and there will be a heavier use of collaged paper fragments and pencil work.
As in my Inferno work I will again be referring to other artists and writers that have also been informed by Dante in their own work. With this 'edition' of paintings I have tried to tie up a basic summation of where the Purgatory work will be going before I start it properly. Each complete set consists of two different portraits. There are 33 of each portrait (one for each canto of the Purgatory). One is of a New York resident and the other of a Fallujah resident. The two pieces take their titles from the first two lines of a poem by William Blake: Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?
At first the plan was to release a limited print, however the only medium available to me in my own studio would have been a wood or lino cut and I did not feel that it suited the subject matter.
I wanted to incorporate text so stencilling seemed appropriate, particularly since I've been using stencilled text in my paintings for years now. My method of building an image by stencil also allows a high degree of variation between repeated versions of the same idea. This then became an exercise in personally further developing my competence in another paint media. I have now built for myself a method that allows me to produce a limited edition, that though bearing general similarities, hold an almost infinite capacity for individual experimentation.
Though each piece can take up to two hours painting time, it is still to some degree more dependant on a fixed, repeated method. I have arrived at something approaching serial paintings or repeat mono-prints and it's a method I will develop further in the future.

'Primitifs modernes'

'Primitifs modernes'
conte and chalk on paper
21 x 21 cm
1st March 2011