The first show of the Cultivate six week Columbia Road takeover, the King’s Cross paintings, the Silent Stars series…

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The busy week goes on, the first show of the Cultivate six week Columbia Road takeover kicks off at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London this Thursday evening. Every week is a busy week of course, but this one is particularly busy, still coming down from the fun of the fair and we’re off again with the first show of the residency on Shipton Street, a show called Intention, an intimate group show we’ve pulled together. The intention is to kick off the six week take over with a short sharp group show, a mixed media show featuring the paintings of Emma Harvey, the intrigue of James Bell, performance and artwork from Marnie Scarlet, sculpture and assemblage from Mia-Jane Harris, a leaf or two from me, the very painterly photography of artist Sofia Martins and attitude of mixed-media artist Suzie Pindar. Expect cross-pollination, expect busy walls in an intimate space, expect an artist-led art show delivered with the usual Cultivate attitude. We open on Thursday evening, everyone is invited

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INTENTION: Cultivate at Columbia Road – the opening group show at the first show of the six week Cultivate residency at Shipton Street Gallery, Columbia Road, East London (just off the Hackney Road and right by the flower market and such) . Opening night Thursday September 20th (6pm until 9pm) , then Friday September 21st until Sunday 23rd (11am until 6pm). Entry is free, everyone is welcome, no need to get on lists or any of that nonsense, do bring your own drink, we spent all our money on paint. This will be the first of four shows at the gallery from Cultivate over the six week period

And then on Friday, Deptford X starts, I shall be there with 43 more parts of the ongoing year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece left hanging on the streets of Deptford and South London as part of the Fringe at Deptford X over the ten days of the annual art festival

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Meanwhile the Cultivate on-line shop has been updated again, some of the more recent smaller more affordable paintings and pieces, no bread this time, but as the the Cheap Art Manifesto says, you can’t eat it but art will feed you….

here’s some of the recent smaller paintings and pieces from the last few weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And so the Art Car Boot Fair happened, the Cheap Art Manifesto was posted, leaves and stars went on their way and…

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2018 Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, September 2018

And so the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair happened in the sunshine of Granary Square over at Kings Cross, here in London. Here’s a for tastes of the view from my part of the Cultivate “boot”. We didn’t really escape from our boot all day, things were rather full on and wonderfully non-stop, so not so many photos of other people and their art this year (sorry). Excellent day, lots of good people, lots of sales, sales are always nice, lots of good conversation (sorry if I didn’t manage to say hello, things were very busy at times). I love taking part in the annual Art Car Boot Fair, I like that are gets to relax a bit, hair let down, pretentious thoughts kicked into touch for the day. Not everything is perfect about the day, of course not, bit the good things far outweigh the bad and well we had a great time under the big red Cultivate gazebo.

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2018 Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, September 2018

The Why Cheap Art Manifesto isn’t my piece of art but I did have it pasted up as part of my presentation at yesterday’s Art Car Boot Fair. A couple of weeks ago a gallery I won’t name, run by an artist I won’t bother naming either, told me art was just a business – needless to say I won’t be working with him any time soon. Had a great day yesterday at the fair, a great day meeting people, selling paintings for the price of a good loaf of bread, original pieces of art really should be for all, if you ever catch me saying art is just a business then please do take my brushes and pencils away. Great day at the fair yesterday, big thanks everyone, Here’s a photo or two…

 

 

The 2018 Hundred Pieced Piece, a piece of work in one hundred parts, one hundred paintings painted together for the Art Car Boot Fair…

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THE 2018 HUNDRED PIECED PIECE – The 2018 Art Car Boot fair is almost upon us and tradition now almost demands the annual Hundred Pieced Piece, a now annual piece of work in one hundred parts, a hundred paintings on recycled cardboard all painted together, all painted at the same time, each piece on sale at just £1 per painting on the day of the fair. The day this year being Sunday September 16th and the place being Granary Square, Kings Cross. The piece is about many things, about leaves growing on the things we waste, fresh layers of growth on the things we mindlessly throw out, about recycling, about the notions of art for all, that art can be fun, original paintings can be for everyone, the notions of the cheap art manifesto, the idea that anyone can get involved in collecting and enjoying art, that art is not just for the privileged few, that art isn’t a business (a curator, a curator who is also an artist, a rather boring artist, said to me recently that he thought art was just another business, that it was nothing more than that, how depressing, what a soulless thing for an artist to say). I like the idea that these pieces are affordable to (almost) everyone, that these pieces might be the first piece of original art that a youngster might buy, that it might spark an idea, a smile, that the painting might make someone smile when they look at it, art needs to have a soul, it doesn’t always have to come with a massive price tag. I enjoy painting these pieces for the Art Car Boot Fair, I love be part of the Art Car Boot Fair,I think this is the fifth time I’ve painted a Hundred piece for the fair now. Here then are the hundred leaves (or whatever you wish to see) for the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair, see you in Kings Cross, bring your coins, the Art Car Boot Fair is always one of the best days of the year, art is everyone.