I was invited to the unveiling of the new statue on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square this morning. A beautiful bronze boy on a rocking horse, called ‘Powerless Structures Fig. 101, by Elmgreen & Dragset. Unlike the powerful military horse and rider statues that traditionally would have been made for public squares, this horse and it’s rider reference the charm of nursery games. I don’t think they’re without power though- it’s just a different type of power- soft power. Joanna Lumley unveiled it with a sparkling speech. The sun shone, the world seemed bright.
Archive for February, 2012
I’m going to let this portrait rest for a few days. Sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees. Here’s a close-up of the most recent draft
[Actor playing Hermione, rehearsing Winter's Tale]. Painted on my computer based on a preliminary sketch I did in rehearsals, and referring to photos takes at the same time. The company are now on tour.
This is a figure painting exercise in oils, of a female nude obviously. An impatient sketch. I photographed it and digitally altered the colour balance to give it a bit of heat. In principle this is similar to what the old painters used to do, centuries ago, when they washed glazes of red over a dried green ground. My favourite bits are the knees, the right hand, and the bench.
A self-portrait is a great thing to do when you want to change tack but haven’t found a new subject yet. It’s a very old photo of me in extreme close-up, and I’ve over-painted the hair and eyes. I’m in the forest, as usual.
This is an actor playing Autolycus the peddler/thief in A Winter’s Tale – in a rehearsal room in Clapham, wearing bits of costume including a top hat and eye-liner. It’s a larger than life comic character but also deeply frightening, even in rehearsal. This is now Draft 2 – computer painting over photo of charcoal sketch.
This evening we went first to Joanna Hardy’s book launch ‘Collect: Contemporary Jewellery’. Then to the opening of the Gavin Turk show. Good fun. It was too late to go to Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro – we’ll keep that by as a treat in store. We ate chicken Teriyaki bento boxes ravenously and then drove home through a blizzard of illuminated snowflakes. I just did this iPhone painting, on the subject of speech and silence.