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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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It’s a month since I blogged so a lot to catch up on. I’ve just got back from a rainy week in Portugal, missing the good weather in the UK, and now sitting in Skylark Gallery with the cold wind and rain falling outside – the weather performing a Bank Holiday Special.

Yesterday I queued up early morning to see the David Hockney show at the Royal Academy which finishes today. It wasn’t the 4 hour wait some had reported – I was there at 9.15 and was in by 10.45. I must admit I was disappointed with about 80% of the pieces shown. I thought much of the work looked rushed and unfinished, and could really have done with a critical eye over it beforehand to cherrypick the best pieces; the show wouldn’t have suffered for less work being shown. Surprisingly the ipad drawings in reproduction worked very well, seeming to retain the lightbox effect of the technology on the printed version. Light was what seemed to be missing from many of those big flatly painted canvases, along with any real vision or depth to the images. I really liked 3 of the hawthorn blossom pictures which seemed to have more form in their amorphic surrealism than some of the more straight pictures of trees and landscapes, and also more fun and pop joy in nature effervescing.

In terms of subject matter, this was all of course right up my lane, so to speak. In March I went up to Oxford to see the Graham Sutherland exhibition at MOMA called An Unfinished World – focusing on his dark and neo-romantic pictures of Pembrokeshire on paper, landscapes and trees being so similar in subject matter to the Hockney show. The scale of the work differed hugely to Hockney’s of course, but the images hold more magic and emotion. Sutherland for me is able to infuse mystery into an image, and the highlights were 4 studies for Entrance to a Lane shown together. The sense of place conveyed by Sutherland is missing from Hockney’s vision of the countryside, I think because Hockney is concerned with the surface of the world and not what lies beneath.

When Hockney looks in detail with the camera montages of lanes and hedges, it is again just the surface, and no matter how big the image is, there is nothing revelatory about the changes in season or the atmosphere of the landscape for those of us who walk regularly along lanes and across fields. My favourite of these moving images was the hedgerow on a windy day simply because of the movement that was lacking in the unmoving surfaces of the other films.

In Oxford, a visit late in the day to the Ashmolean Museum led us to the Print Room for an hour to examine the superb Samuel Palmer drawings and sepia pictures of his visionary years in Shoreham. That really was a magical experience to hold the pictures and be able to examine them with a magnifying glass in all their minute and exquisite detail. Interesting too that the ink is a much darker brown than I remembered when I had seen them at the British Museum show of his work a few years back, but this may be influenced by the tan coloured reproductions which seem to have been produced over the years.

So I’m feeling inspired to paint again, but in the meantime I’ve added some more collage postcards to my website – the first shown here is called The Ascent of Man and the second is The Surprising Attractions of the Rheidol Valley, Aberystwyth.

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There are 8 more new ones in the collage gallery of my site.

I’m now gearing up for showing my work in the Pavilion Cafe in Dulwich Park as part of the Dulwich Festival Open House next month (14th May – 3rd June), and before that at Grand Designs Live at London’s Excel with Skylark Galleries from 4th-13th May.

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