1980s Bristol – music, art and demons

As I grew older, I slowly began to drift down the hill from my school to St. Pauls, and as a creative person, it sparked my neurons.  Houses were painted brighter colours, music was played louder, food smelt and tasted better, people laughed a lot and partied. It was a hell of an awakening.

Using creativity to heal – a portrait for a lost friend – Billy Abernethy-Hope

As an artist, it’s hard not to feel like you are being self-indulgent.  But creativity is not just a frivolous pursuit – carried out with love and sensitivity, it really can make a difference to people’s lives, and even in tragic circumstances help people be remembered for the shining lights they were. 

Looking back to Israel

As part of my self-administered art therapy, I have been defacing and reconstructing over a decade of paintings.  I’ve reached 57 now – all of which will be shown/sold/given away/destroyed at my Open Studio in May 2019. Meanwhile, before I embark on the next stage in my creative life, I spent some time going through… Continue reading Looking back to Israel

Abstract Transformation

Paintings have begun making friends in their new clothes. 

Why Deface?

I recently wrote a piece on LinkedIn about PTSD, which might go some way to explain why I am dedicating my time to defacing every painting I have made since I left Iraq (see my cover up blog too).  In the meantime.  Here are a couple more!

A COVER UP OF THE PAST

It’s been a while since I’ve had an epiphany, but change is definitely in the air.  A few months back the combination of having TOO MUCH OF MY OWN ART and having ready access to left-over spray-paints and gloss paint (that was being chucked out from Damien Hirst’s studio) provoked me to start tossing the… Continue reading A COVER UP OF THE PAST