Paintings and drawings

 

A bit of background

From 1967 to 1972, I spent 5 years studying visual arts at arts schools in England. Ever since leaving art school, I have always worked with visual arts alongside music. For many years I worked as a community artist and played an active role in developing the UK's community arts movement. Among a whole range of projects, I worked on large scale murals, both painted and mosaic, made photographic exhibitions developed and used portable photo-silkscreen equipment with a big variety of community groups, and I also worked in multi-disciplinary teams with drama workers, dancers, story tellers, textile artists and so on.

My recent exhibition of paintings 'Sjónarmið / Perspectives', which was on show through the month of November 2021 at the SÍM salnum, the Gallery of Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna / The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists) in Reykjavík, was well received by the people who attended it. Now the paintings are packed away again and I am planning what comes next. It was very useful to see the work outside the studio setting and I certainly gained new insights through seeing it in an exhibition context and talking with the people who visited the show. Here is a little video that gives an idea of how the exhibition looked.

Comment from the exhibition catalogue:

"The paintings in the exhibition explore the ambiguities and connections between the works as physical objects, the rhythms and shapes on the paintings' surfaces, and the ways that the interplay of colour and tone affect our perception of these features." "It is my intention to make subtle paintings that cannot be 'taken in' or fully 'understood' quickly. They take a long time to execute, and seek to reward extended contemplation by the viewer."

Here are some examples of work from the exhibition and previous years

 

Looking forward - 2021

Acrylic on 4 mm MDF dimensions top 94 x right 67.5 x bottom 92.5 x left 68.5 cm

DSC_7463.JPG
DSC_7493.JPG

'That's all folks!  - 2021

Acrylic on 15mm birch plywood - dimensions top 64.5 x right 63 x bottom 82.5 x left 45.5 cm

DSC_7468.JPG

 Twisted plane - 2020

Dimensions: Top 79 cm x right 60.5 cm x bottom 82.5 cm x left 63.5 cm 

Materials: Acrylic on calico covered 18mm plywood

DSC_7476.JPG

Yellow diptych - 2021

Acrylic on calico covered plywood, with brass hinges and screw eyes - dimensions top 81.5 x right 90 x bottom 90 x left 90.5 cm

DSC_7467.JPG
DSC_7482.JPG

Second half - 2021

Pencil crayon and blackboard paint on 15mm birch plywood

dimensions 30 x 100.5 x 53 x 103.5 cm

Obelisk 2 - 2021

Acrylic on 15mm birch  plywood

dimensions 40 x 122.5 x 49 x 117.5  cm

DSC_7487.JPG

Black wing - 2021

Acrylic on 15 mm birch plywood

dimensions 48 x 122 x 73 x 127 cm

DSC_7481.JPG

Level three - 2021

Acrylic on 15 mm birch plywood

dimensions 69.5 x 141.5 x 80.5 x 169 cm

DSC_7291.JPG

Recycled echo - 2020 

Acrylic on 4mm MDF

dimensions 95 cm x 61cm

DSC_6866 - Copy.JPG

Carbon hand print  

Acrylic and graphite on 4mm MDF

dimensions 61cm x 94cm 

DSC_6861.JPG

Golden rotation 2018    

Acrylic on 4mm MDF

dimensions 94cm x 61cm 

Works on paper

7. July B 50x50.JPG
2. February B 50x50.JPG
12. December B 50x50.JPG

Three graphic works from the Calendar series.  Date 2012 -13   Dimensions 50cm x 50cm  Materials: pencil, graphite and charcoal on black paper

Torf 4b_50x50.JPG
Torf 3b_50x50.JPG

Two graphic works from the Torf series.  Date: 2014   Dimensions 50cm x 50cm  Materials: pencil, graphite and charcoal on black paper

Interference 1_40x40.JPG
Interference 2_49.5x40.JPG

Two drawings from the Interference series:  Date: 2015 Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm and 40cm x 50cm Materials: pen on tracing paper

DSC_6972.JPG

Graphic work from the Hólar series  Date: 2016  Dimensions: 50cm x 40cm  Materials: crayon on black paper