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I know quite a lot of my followers here and on my email newsletter aren’t in London so I’m posting a few pictures of my Barbican show here for you:

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World in My Eyes is on until the 26th June if you are able to get along.

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Kit Boyd at the Barbican

Pan and Shamanic Object locked in their vitrine.

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All of the framing and preparations finally came together on Thursday when everything was cosily loaded into the back of my friend Juliet’s little blue Peugot. Having got completely lost in the dark underbelly of the Barbican – if you think it’s a maze above then try going underneath it all – we surfaced to Level 2 with the help of the wonderful support of Leslie, the Library Technician. He couldn’t have been more helpful and made putting everything up remarkably stress-free, as did Juliet Walker whose brilliant eye and professionalism really helped in hanging my work, as did Macsud for being there and doing all the time consuming jobs that would have worn me out even more. 

There are over 100 original pieces in the show (60 of them being my postcard collages which are shown here in the cases below) covering over 20 years of work.

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The earliest painting is from 1990 and is called Imago. I made this when I was at university in Aberystwyth after a trip to Tuscany and it hung at my parents house in Rugby for many years. The most recent pieces are a painting called The New Shore and my etching called Another World, inspired by the song of the same title by Antony and the Johnsons.

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On Saturday I visited Avebury for the third time, a bleak and cold day just after the equinox and not much sign of spring arriving. 

Listening to Julian Cope’s beautiful meditative Woden (‘one meteorological cloud of music’ as he describes it) I spent a few hours yesterday creating a more realistic feeling of the atmosphere of the stone circle.

Interestingly the sky – a blank white in the photographs – seemed to pulsate and energise the compositions when I played with saturation and hue so that this informed the aesthetic of the images.

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An obliging rook.

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I love the juxtaposition of the stone and the Paul Nash-esque gate posts in the background.

 

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A face in profile in the stone – hard to think this hasn’t been carved by human hand at some point in time

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My friend Martin Litmus – fallen to earth

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Silbury Hill from the bus on the way back to London

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The Control Centre

Collage on vintage postcard in my series of Britain being taken over by plants and plant spores, controlling humans to do their bidding.

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The Invasion

Krynoid Supremacy. This is one of a series of postcard collages where London is invaded by strange plants which control the city. The Krynoid is a human/plant hybrid from a Tom Baker Doctor Who storyline. As a child I dreamt I became one and this dream still influences my work today.

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Long time no blog. Had a few problems with my eye condition which has meant minimal reading, writing and computer time over the last few months, so now it’s settled down, here we go.

I have been quite busy really, learning new printmaking techniques primarily. First of all I spent six Saturdays learning wood engraving at Dulwich Picture Gallery with the very talented Peter Brown. Working on a tiny detailed scale with a dodgy eye was not the easiest thing to do but here are some (obviously small) fruits of the course:

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The first is on box wood and the second on lemon wood. I have a lovely larger piece of box which Richard Michell, my printmaking tutor at Morley College, gave me from a fallen branch he’d found on Box Hill in Surrey, so that’s my next project sorted. It’s quite difficult to master the tools in comparison to other printmaking techniques, and making a mistake is irreversible.

I’ve also been on a short course on Stone Lithography with another very talented artist Oscar Farias at Morley College, so I now have stone waiting for me when term starts again in September. Such a complex technique of printmaking, and in many ways still hard to get my head around to confidently know what I’m doing without a manual at hand.

Here are a few pictures of my stone and the first proof of the image:

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Drawing on the stone

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After acid bite and cleaning

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First proof

The stone needs more work to lighten some of the darker areas and one more bite should do the trick I’m hoping. Oscar’s work and mine have a few themes in common; I especially like his biomorphic landscapes with a foetus being born from strange plantlife – http://www.oscarfarias.com/The_Expectation2.html

I’ve also been showing my work at Skylark Galleries. Had a wet but enjoyable weekend at Urban Art in Brixton and currently have two of my etchings on show at Bankside Gallery next to Tate Modern in the RE Open. http://www.re-printmakers.com/exhibitions.aspx

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