The humble NHS portrait

A month ago today I put out a request on Facebook and Instagram for NHS workers to come forward for a free portrait.

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. 

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

Lift Art Gallery Exhibition – Caroline Jaine

I’m delighted to announce my collaboration with Lift Art Gallery. Enjoy the virtual tour of my exhibition! http://www.exhibitionatlift.com/caroline-jaine/  

You can take the girl out of Bristol…

A trip down memory lane yesterday, as I pounded the pavement in Bristol taking in some Banksy’s that weren’t there when I last lived there, and Grayson Perry at the Arnolfini that wasn’t there before either.  I was going to write a long eloquent piece about the changing face of Stokes Croft and what it… Continue reading You can take the girl out of Bristol…

“Off The Record” Exhibition artwork

I’ve now finished my three artworks for the Staff Only Exhibition, “Off The Record”.  All three inspired by vinyl records (two of them painting directly on vinyl). If you are interested in attending, the show is on for ten weeks 2 Feb – 15 April at the Meme Art Bar in Stroud (opposite the Subscription… Continue reading “Off The Record” Exhibition artwork

‘Off the Record’ Exhibition

Anyone in Stroud on Thursday 2nd February 2017 might like to pass bar the Meme Art Bar in town for a little light refreshment and a gander at some art.  I’m just one of the 23 artists showing – all the work is inspired by vinyl records! More on the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/452008581854696/

Furniture as a canvas

I grew up in a carpenters workshop – my mum made extra money by painting on pine furniture that my step father had made.  Decades later, having toyed with the odd painted cupboard, I am wondering whether paintings aren’t altogether better presented on a three dimensional object.  Here is my first tester.  It’s not-very-imaginatively called… Continue reading Furniture as a canvas