As elections loom in the UK, I thought I would express my distaste for the world of political positioning and their use of portraits of political leaders to “persuade us”. An extract here from my unportraits collection. See more here.
“Making portraits is a response to the natural human tendency to think about oneself, of oneself in relation to others” – Richard Brilliant
“Defacement works on objects the way jokes work on language, bringing out their inherent magic nowhere more so than when those objects have become routinized and social…” – Michael Taussig
See Caroline Jaine’s unportraits
In February, it will be five years since my mum died. In tribute to her, I will be sharing some of her inspirational abstract works both on the inter-web and in a small exhibition at Gloucester Antiques Centre.
My mum strived for the effortlessness of nature in her brush and pen strokes – and she was as inspired by trips to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as she was by the landscape around her home in rural Somerset.
Visit the exhibition of work by Marguerite Clapp at Unit 2.13 on the top floor of the antiques centre, which can be found at the Gloucester Quays 99a High Orchard Street, Gloucester GL1 5SH. Her work will be on show from 4th February until the end of the month.
Caroline is currently curating the work of Marguerite Clapp (her mother)
Yesterday I said goodbye to one of my favourite paintings from my time in Spain. Plaza Constitucion in San Pedro del Pinatar was a favourite spot to people-watch. From six in the evening, the warm town square would slowly awaken from a sleepy siesta, and the seats in the cafe next to San Pedro church would begin to fill. The painting was bought by a couple in Leeds and delivered to them yesterday in a snow storm. Hopefully it will bring them some summer warmth and memories of their own time in the Plaza Constitucion.
More of my paintings from San Pedro can be seen here
In 2015 Jon and Sue celebrate 50 years together – this portrait was made for them, and I hope it shows the magical connection between them that still exists.
Medium: oil on reclaimed wood (from a fly-tipped broken cupboard found in Spain)