New art, coffee, pub murals and exhibiting abroad!
August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
It’s been a very busy few weeks with travelling to different exhibitions, doing commissions, preparing new work for shows and an exciting new project – I haven’t had much time to sit down and blog!
I have work showing at The Found Gallery in East Lothian, for their Summer Exhibition, 13th August – 31st October http://www.thefoundgallery.co.uk
The next exhibition will be at Storm Fine Arts in Burnham Market – ‘Hinterland – Late Summer Exhibition’, 17th August – 16th October – http://www.stormfinearts.com. For this exhibition, I have been making drawings on paper and also burning images onto oak:
I am looking into getting giclee prints of my drawings made. I was recently asked to submit work for a print exhibition in Italy, which starts in Bologna in January and then tours around Italy for the whole year. This is my first international exhibition and also a new avenue for my work – I haven’t created prints yet, so am very interested to see how my work will look and also how well they sell http://www.comune.bologna.it/quartieresantostefano/
Norwich Art Fair
There has been so much great support for the fair and I will update you all when I have more news next week. There is now a Twitter profile to follow – http://twitter.com/norwichartfair, a Facebook group to ‘like’ – http://www.facebook.com/NorwichArtFair and a Linkedin group – http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4556608. We have registered a domain name for our website and will have it up and running soon. Keep spreading the word – the more support and interest we get for the fair, the better it will be! If you want to let us know of any art-related events going on in Norfolk & Suffolk, we’ll happily promote these on the different network sites.
Mustard Coffee Bar competition
As I mentioned in my previous blog, one of my drawings won an online competition – the prize was to be the featured artist on their fantastic website – http://www.mustardcoffeebar.com/art and to have my drawing printed on coffee packaging that the cafe sells. It’s a really cool prize and I am very happy about it – another way to get my art “out there”! Thank you again to everyone who voted for me!
My drawing ‘Dance’ on the coffee labelling
Also see on http://instagram.com/p/OJFeZNvExJ/
I’m a mural artist!
The Marquee pub on Cattle Market Street in Norwich is soon to be reopened by new landlords. They are aiming for the August Bank Holiday weekend. It is being completely refurnished as a new music venue, with a bar and coffee lounge downstairs and a restaurant and function rooms upstairs. One of the new landlords asked if I’d like to have my own artwork on the walls, and this discussion developed into me being ‘Art Director’! I’ve been working very hard on turning the space into something really beautiful and exciting. I have enlisted the help of some lovely artist friends as there is so much to do. There will be graffiti, an area of boudoir-style burlesque designs, beautiful simplistic flower designs, painted murals of silhouetted figures, quotations on the walls, and of course, my own figurative artwork. One of the designs will be printed onto a huge vinyl that will cover an entire wall. It’s very exciting and definitely the biggest project I have worked on. It is very new to me, but I’m looking forward to see what everyone thinks of it! There will be an artist gallery on the new website (due to be up and running by the end of August) – http://www.marqueenorwich.co.uk/
The pub is still being renovated, but I will post up photos of work in progress when I start painting in the pub, hopefully next week.
Below are some very rough sketches that I have been working on – I’ve used chalk pastels to get some of the blurring correct – the lighting isn’t too good though in the photographs. The two figures will be life size and painted as the same colour as the pub walls (pale blue) and the silhouette will be painted in various shades of orange.
New curated exhibition
I am working on a new group exhibition of all female artists, hopefully the end of this year, if not the start of next year. The venue hasn’t been decided yet, but I will update you all with the artists involved and other details.
Enough of my ramblings!