Resin, gold-leaf, glass eyes.
Resin and paint.
I quite like the rough-hewn finish on this little monster. But no doubt I’ll be casting lots of them and experimenting with finishes and paint jobs.
I finished these a couple of months ago and I’m managing to still like them, which is an achievement for me. They’re part of the tentatively titled “a trip to the shops” series of paintings. For a long time I’ve been taking quick photos on my phone of the interesting shapes and compositions that pop up in mundane places – usually highstreet shop windows. I just find the whole visual world is ’fractally awesome’; that is, fascinating at every level, and the more you look the more you realise every little thing can be rewarding when you stop and pay it attention.
It’s 2015 and when I’m stranded without a computer or a tablet I still have to fall back on pencil and paper. I feel like I had to learn to draw again.
Seriously, just look at it.
It’s huge, and there’s more upstairs, and out of frame.
Anyway, it’s the Creative and Cultural Artspace in Princes Quay, Hull. I was there taking this photo and putting up some of my work (and this guy‘s) for the Hull Photography Festival exhibit. It opens tomorrow night, Friday the 6th of June at 6pm, at the PoP art space on the top deck.
Exciting times in the City of Culture 2017, eh?
I’m super busy at the moment, I feel I ought to have more to share here but I’ve got lots of half-finished things as usual. Like these in-progress paintings hanging in the
I’m also working on commissions and getting an arseload of prints printed up. But oil paint dries slow, so I have to work on the paintings first. Photoshop has ruined me, I can’t handle all this hands-on real paint stuff any more. It’s so slow, and messy, and there’s no “undo” button. I honestly don’t know how the renaissance even happened. I mean, like, Michaelangelo didn’t even have MS Paint or anything.
Colour or b/w? I can’t decide which one I like best.
Anyway, head to society6.com/nijikon to buy them as prints, mugs, phone covers, cushions and other delightful home accessories. Look, I know no one asked for a cushion cover or a shower-curtain with a painting of a demon raver girl thing on…but they’re out there now. There’s no going back. We’ve just got to deal with it. I’m as confused as you are, to be honest.