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This is a sister to a painting in my show last summer, named Maroc Mountains. Another, more recent, is called Spring Mountains. I think It’s developing into a theme. This is the very first time I’ve used a ballpoint pen (in honour of my blog’s title) in an oil painting.
46cm x 35 cm
Oil and blue biro on canvas
£2,000 via Serena Morton
This exhibition is a group show of contemporary artists, many working in glass for the first time. They include Ron Arad, Mat Collishaw, Gavin Turk and many others.
It’s a collaboration between the Fashion Space Gallery at the LCF, the Berengo Studio, Venice Projects and the Wallace Collection. I haven’t been to visit yet – but it looks like a must-see. If you get there before me, leave me a comment to say what you thought!
This is one of my favourites: “Let the Golden Age Begin” by John Isaacs.
(glass, wood, steel, leather. 567 x 161 x 150 cm)
When I go to Atelier class, I think of it like ballet dancers doing the daily barre- which my mother used to do when I was growing up.
Keeping your hand in, pushing yourself a little step by step – drawing from life with a model is just the best practice. The basic philosophy is that you need to keep learning, and keep practicing, always. This is a portion of my latest.
This is my latest painting – recently finished. The colours are a bit richer than they appear here. It’s inspired by a vintage photograph of a young laundress sleeping in the street. She has half an eye open to protect her livelihood: a mobile laundry wringer kept close by her makeshift bed.
You could say I’m exploring issues of homelessness, highlighting the plight of young workers and lack of housing in an urban landscape. It’s certainly much inspired by Henry Mayhew who wrote ‘London Labour and The London Poor’ in 1851 – and ‘Outcast London’ by Gareth Stedman Jones looks simliar.
Are there questions of ignorance -vs- indifference at play? Dry, safe, clean houses line the street, and have windows through which the lucky inhabitants can observe our brave laundress’s situation. But the windows are blind. There’s no sign that the neighbours have left a bowl of soup or a glass of milk and a sandwich. In fact the neighbours cannot be seen for dust.
The Help To Buy Scheme. Oil on linen canvas, 24″ x 36″ (62cm x 91cm)
For enquiries, please contact my gallery, SERENA MORTON
Last night we went to the second retrospective of the painter Sarah Raphael at Marlborough Fine Art. Some legendary people came out to see her work, including the great Paula Rego and her partner the writer Anthony Rudolf. I found the show both moving and extremely impressive.
A book on Sarah Raphael’s work by William Packer was launched at the same time as the show, published by Unicorn Press
Marlborough Fine Art is in Albermarle Street, London W1.
Opening tomorrow at Asia House is Pavilion of Memories, an exhibition of landscape paintings by a Chinese artist named Wang Yabin, who does not speak one word of English. I know because we spoke via an interpreter, and he signed a copy of his large catalogue for me in a black calligraphy hand, which I cannot read. It might say ‘green tea and polkadot dragons’ for all I know.
I like his figure painting, which is old-masterish with a touch of Tintin. The distressed texture has a lovely random quality and the colours are great. There’s a theme developing around the faceless individual in the landscape, as well as small groups gathered as if for a picnic or a hunt.
Asia House in New Cavendish Street, London, houses interesting looking Tea rooms open to all.
More about Wang Yabin HERE