I Saw It First, I Want It Worse, halfway through the Columbia Road takeover, different hats and…

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Wearing several hats this week, most of them have paint on, I try not to get paint on anything other than the thing I’m actually painting. My curating hat is being worn quite a bit at the moment with the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover and a six week residency that we;re currently in the middle of, a residency at East London’s Shipton Street Gallery that runs until the end of October. There’s been two shows at the space so far, both documented on the Organ webpages and the busy Cultivate website – there’s plenty of words and images and thoughts on the other artists and their art over there on those pages, we’ve had some exciting art on the walls as well as impressive performance and installation, Emma Harvey‘s Riot Grrrl painting are looking good on the wall right now alongside Jessica Scott‘s pieces and James Bell’s slice of luxury. I rather like wearing my curator’s hat, there’s as much of a buzz to be had in showing other people’s art or discovering new exciting artists as their is in showing my own work. we must be getting close to curating something like two-hundred shows or events now, exhibitions and such that have featured the work of well over a thousand artists by now – it can sometimes be tense, stressful, frustrating, and Joshua Compston‘s thing about feeling like an aircraft carrier that people just land on, use for a bit until they’ve got what they want and then fly off without so much as a thank you does ring true – wouldn’t it be wonderful if artists actually worked together and supported each other just a little more, putting on art shows can be a thankless task. Putting on art shows can be brilliant as well though, especially when a show works and people are engaged, when people come in and react to the art or the artists tat we’ve invited to be part of it all. Hang on, stop, today isn’t the day to go into it all…

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Hang on, stop, today isn’t the day to go into it all, the second Columbia Road takeover show is happening right now, a show called I Saw it First, I Want it Worse (yes that show title did come from a Seven Year Bitch lyric), the current show along with the first one and the art and the other artists involved is all documented on the Cultivate pages and the Organ pages. here’s a taste or two of my art and the fresh stargrowth and the leaves and the the new layers and the notions of the Cheap Art Manifesto and the daily paintings and the beautiful old till and such – the gallery was once a greengrocers shop called Sylvester’s, back in the 60’s, I’m having lots of interesting conversations with people who lived in the area back then who can remember it, that might be something to revisit in the space later in the year… For now then, a taste of what I’ve been doing with my art in the space so far, there’s more to come before it all ends on October 29th, I do love painting, I much prefer my painting hat… Oh and by the way, just updated the on-line shop again, do please have a look, I’m going to need to buy a new hat before the cold weather kicks in…

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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…

 

 

Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the latest #43ArtDrop piece…

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The final ten parts of the Folkestone #43ArtDrop, Sept 29th 2017

Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the #43ArtDrop piece. A piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on found recycled pieces of unwanted wood (and when wood is thrown out leaves will grow), 43 pieces carefully hung, never actually dropped, 43 paintings left in and around Folkestone for people to take should they wish to….

 

The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair came and went in a rush of big crowds and art and engagement and

The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair came and went in a rush of big crowds and art and engagement and more. Here’s how the Art Car Boot Fair looked from our boot-shaped stall…. “Well that was great fun! What an excellent day, It was never going to be quite the same south of the river, of course it wasn’t, and a lot of the debate at the end of it all revolved around comparing the day with the great days of previous fairs and the buzz of Brick Lane. To compare really is the wrong thing to do though, of course it was never going to be the quite the same and in a month where East London has been rather alive with art and the buzz of the very recently East London Art Night amongst other East London things of a more artist-led nature, it seemed a little strange to be loaded up with art and heading for South London early on a Sunday morning….   read on via the Organ pages

a whole load of photos of slice of the fair…

 

The ongoing notion of a smaller painting concluded on every day of the year in 2017…

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157/365 – Fresh Leaf Growth, June 6th Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. On day 157, a 157th piece, acrylic, marker pen, brushwork, spray paint, varnish on the cover of a found hardback book…

The ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every day of the year in 2017. I imagine the pieces that haven’t already been sold or left hanging as #43ArtDrop pieces, will be on sale at very reasonable prices at this Sunday’s Art Car Boot fair over in Vauthall, London, E11.

 

The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece for this year’s Art Car Boot Fair….

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The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

It has now become quite a tradition to produce a One Hundred Pieced Piece for the London leg of the Art Car Boot Fair.  A piece of work in one hundred parts, one hundred rather fast pop art flavoured paintings painted on recycled cardboard, each part of the piece for sale at just £1, and that is a very important part of the piece, the notion of art for everyone, that an original piece of art can be bought by anyone at the fair (I did get haggled down to 50p last year by one young lad who claimed he only had £1 left) and that material thrown away and heading for landfill should be re-used. And really if people are just going to throw things away without too much thought then leaves will grow on those thrown away things.

The Art Car Boot Fair happens this Sunday, this year in Vauxhall and not in Brick Lane, (don’t be going to Brick Lane).

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The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair is almost upon us, and as I’ve said on these pages before, always one of the highlights of our art year, Sunday 9th July is the date, Whitgift Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 is the place so don’t be making for Brick Lane this year, Vauxhall is the place (which is good news for regular event sponsors Vauxhall cars)

And as a participating artist it is always an exciting pleasure to be invited to take part in the Art Car Boot Fair. This is the day when art lets down his or her hair (still wonder if art is a he or a she?), always one of the highlights of the London art Calendar, and this year things are to be a little bit re-booted. The theme is “Originals” and there’s an exciting new venue down by the Newport Street gallery in Vauxhall.   This year sees a return to the event being more about the actual artists than galleries and the rule is that all the artists will be there in their car boots there to talk to and should you wish to, buy art from them, then please do….

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The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

Karen Ashton, Founder of the Art Car Boot Fair says, “As well as bringing an original line-up to our new location in Vauxhall, we’ll also be drawing on all the talents our exciting new locale has to offer.”

“We’re right at the centre of Vauxhall’s burgeoning creative quarter with a fantastic array of galleries, pop-ups, and established gems like the Vauxhall City Farm, MI6, Beaconsfield Gallery and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern – so expect guys and spies, plus the odd Llama and lots of cool art in the mix this year! We’re also hoping for a guest appearance and contribution from the owner of the Newport Street Gallery. A special thanks to our new hosts U+I and The Workshop.”

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2016 100 PIECED PIECE….

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair takes place on Sunday 9th July at the Workshop, by Newport Street Gallery, Whitgift Street, London SE11 between 12-6pm. Entry is priced at £5.

The full list of artists as announced by the Art Car Boot Fair reads as followS: Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Geraldine Swayne, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Pam Hogg, Marcus Harvey, Vic Reeves, Kristjana S Williams, Tracey Neuls, Keith Coventry, Ian Dawson, Jane Simpson. Charming Baker, Jessica Voorsanger, Ben Eine, Camille Phoenix, ARTourist with Alice Herrick, Rachel Megawhat and Jeffrey Louis Reed, Nina Fowler, Paul Kindersley, Robert Rubbish, Keeler Tornero, Sophy Rickett, Jason Gibilaro, Misha, Richard Clegg, Barry Reigate, Jake Clarke, Carrie Reichardt, Schoony, Pure Evil, Holly Allan, Christian Furr, Original Sinners with Marie–Teresa Gavazzi, India Roper-Evans and Julia Maddison, Paul Sakoilsky, Trolley, Wilma Johnson, The Binnie Sisters, Renaissance Selfies, Bumble & Earwig, X Ray Fog, Kate Knight, James Joyce, James Unsworth, Amelia Troubridge, Carla Borel, Mr Bingo, Tony Beaver, Laura New, Colin Self, Christopher Baxter, Keeler Tornero, Joseph Gibson, Helen Pritchard, Edy Ferguson, Oliver Guy Watkins, Ivan Black, Darren Coffield, Jessica Albarn, David J Batchelor, Dylan Thomas Book Bus, Wildcat Will, Sophy Rickett, Bip Ling, Stephanie Carlton-Smith, Jessica Wilson, Silvia Ziranek, Cullinan & Richards, Cliff Pearcey, David Fenwick, Marty Thornton, Mark Jones, Kelly-Ann Davitt, Paul Hodgson, Dion Kitson, Meanmail, MLBennetDesign, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, Charlie Evaristo Boyce.

Special single artists presentations from Artlyst, Art on a Postcard with Harland Miller, True Rocks with Bip Ling, House of Fairytales with Ian Dawson, The Idler, Cob Gallery, Moniker with Ben Eine, Insititute of Imagination, Turps Banana & Alumni . Other Criteria & Newport Street Gallery with Helen Beard & Harland Miller . Beaconsfield with Seb Patane. Worton Hall Studios with Bruce McLean .Newport Street Gallery . Alteria Arts with John Isaacs & Jake & Dinos Chapman . Jealous Gallery with Charming Baker. Resort . Flying Leaps with Inkflood’s Robert Clarke and the inimitable Dr D. Outside World. Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent . The Amorist . KIN ART with RYCA & Swifty . Smithson Gallery. L-13 with Billy Childish and MANGeL PrESS.  PLUS Black Cow Vodka Bar . Counter . Bean About Town . Vout-O-Reenees Bar . Vintage Vauxhall Market with Mark Hill, Retrouvius, The Brocant Boys and many more besides….

And so Interact happened, a Cultivate takeover of Coate Studios and two big rooms just off the Hackney Road…

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INTERACT, Cultivate at Coate Studio, June 2017

And so Interact happened, a Cultivate takeover of Coate Studios and an art show in the two big rooms of the space just off the Hackney Road, London E2. Twenty-eight painters, performers, sculptors, textile artists, print makers, wallpaper printers and more and show pulled together by myself and co-cultivator Emma Harvey.  There’s a collection of thoughts, words and a lot more photos of the work of the other artists as well as the crowds from the opening night over on the Organ pages – Sir Ian McKellen eating a pasty, a giant yellow emoticon and a whole lot of art, paint, interaction and more…  there’s also lot of photos of the work of all twenty-eight artists over on the Cultivate website – Interact, a flavour of the work of all twenty-eight artists, gallery shots without all the people and the pastry eating… There’s plenty of thought in terms of the show, the curation, the way it worked, the art of the other artists and more via those two reviews, I expect there will be more though on the Cultivate website over the next few days and weeks. I think we can say the show went well, exciting art, lots of people, excellent performance and well, more on the Cultivate pages if you want to explore.

This page is about my art, about what I’m doing as an artist rather than a curator or writer or any of those things done under the Cultivate or Organ banners, and so here, on this page, are my three parts as an artist taking part in the Interact show – an installation consisting of some of the ongoing daily paintings, the big Where The Buddleia Grows canvas piece and the piece painted to grow inside the recently found gold frame….

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SEAN WORRALL  And if a Frame is Thrown Out Then Leaves Will Grow. Acrylic on MDF in found frame (£200)

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SEAN WORRALL  Where The Buddleia Grows, Acrylic, spray paint, stitching (£200)

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SEAN WORRALL The notion of a painting concluded everyday Various prices upon request (£5 to £40_

More photos, mostly of the three pieces of mine in the show, click on an image to enlarge or run the slideshow….