On with the notion of a daily conclusion of a painting, “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”

On with the notion of a daily conclusion of a painting.  57/365 – “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”. Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted recycled 12″ vinyl Record – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish  The 57th painting of 2017

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57/365 – “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”

Meanwhile this rather pleasing  photo just turned up on my social media feed, I’m guessing it was somewhere around the Art Car Boot Fair last year (or maybe the year before), two of the hundred £1 pieces that have almost become an Art Cat Boot Fair tradition now (photo by Martin Westhorp)

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The 58th and 59th painting were completed yesterday and the day before, the 58th saw fresh layers and leaves on another evolving unwanted 12″ piece of vinyl, the 59th on a found unwanted fashion bag, an Eileen Fisher bag rescued from a Hackney skip.

 

 

This weekend it was off to the seaside….

Busy times, maximalist, I like it like that, don’t get the idea of a holiday or the concept of time off, art makes me feel alive, making art, sharing art, showing art, engaging. Last week is was On The Brink in the woods out in Leytonstone, that and the industrial reality of Clare Street and that Displacement show here in East London, this weekend it was off to the seaside and Hastings and the pleasure that is the Art Car Boot Fair, seaside treats indeed…..

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS, JULY 2016

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS, JULY 2016

There’s a review, lots of photos and flavours over on the Organ pages, I’ll repeat the words here,  if you want the photos of the day, the other artists and the rest then please do head over to the Organ pages, the Organ words are re-posted here with photos of just my part in the day, do explore the rest though, it was a fine day….

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Hastings then, off to the seaside for the second leg of this year’s always keenly anticipated Art Car Boot Fair adventure. The tradition now is to follow the main event down East London’s Brick Lane with an Art Car Boot Fair day trip, in past years the destination has been to take part in the Biennial at Liverpool, the sea front at Margate, the key Folkestone, the opening of Olympic Park in London, this year it we were off to the East Sussex coast and (hopefully) the sunshine of the Hastings seafront. Off on the first train out of Victoria, (encounter onrushing members of the MCC coming the other way, correct tie, stripes just right, must get that seat, straw hats and the third day of Lord’s test match). We’re off out of the city, off South East, off for a Sussex adventure, off to the seaside. Off on the train, escaping the city, rushing through green fields, galloping through the morning sunshine, the clouds are gone, warmth on our faces, we’re feeling hopeful, is summer finally here? Past the Longman of Wilmington, head past Easbourne and out along the coast, train full of people heading for the same destination as is, sea almost lashing as we head through St Leonards. Southern Rail running on time, off to the seaside and the sunshine with big (big) bags loaded full of art, off to meet the rest of the Cultivate team and the big cast of contributing artists. .

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS LEG, July 16th 2016

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS LEG, July 16th 2016

The Hastings leg of the Art Car Boot Fair is taking place on the seafront in a big car park right by Jerwood Gallery, in amoungst the fish and chip shops, the fun fair rides, the miniature railway, the beached fishing trawlers, the gloriously rusting tractors, splendid tall thin black wooden fishermen’s net workshops (unique to Hastings and apparently saved from the destructive onslaught of property developers that ended in a riot back in 1824. And of course in amoungst the the millions of bold seagulls (pretty clear who runs this town, you don’t mess with the gulls!).

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS, JULY 2016

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS, JULY 2016

We’ve documented the Art Car boot Fair and the pleasure of being a part of it before on these pages, Margate last year was a little bit more than an hot dog, Brick Lane this year was fun even if we did have to battle the wind and the rain. We really needed that sunshine yesterday, we really needed the summer to finally arrive, been a tough year so far. Hastings was glorious, the weather was glorious, the old fishing town welcomed us with open arms, the people lined-up to get in (and yes, rush for the big name grab first), heads got burnt, ice creams licked, smiles on faces. Bands played, The Band Of Holy Joy adding their own style to the dramatic Hastings backdrop, Martin Creed and his band adding their uniquely shambolic lo-fi whit in that positively charged artpunk way they do, Geraldine Swain, she curently of Faust with Yumi Hara and various kraut rock flavoured musicians . A day of art and colour and music and smiles and sunshine and sales, oh yes, it always nice to sell a piece or two, a lot of time and effort goes in to everyone’s art (and those train tickets aren’t cheap either).

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS LEG, July 16th 2016

ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS LEG, July 16th 2016

New artists mixing with familiar faces, interaction mingling with pop art, prints with people, paint with performance. Wildcat Will all glittery and punk rock with hid Warhol soup in the boot next to us, Sir Peter Blake was a gent as usual, John Copper Clarke with a print featuring his Evidentally Chickentown lyrics, Emin International causing their usual fuss, was Tracey there? Not sure, as we said when we wrote about Brick Lane a few weeks ago, you don’t get to see everything when you’re an artist in your “boot” taking part. People come along and tell you what’s happening over there and have you seen this or that? You see someone passing with an exciting bit of art and wonder about who might have made it? Picking out names isn’t what the Art Car Boot Fair is about, connecting with new things, new art, fresh art and the pleasure of artists and public engaging with each other, the engagement is really where the pleasure of the Art Car Boot Fair lies. Art and smiles (and classic Vauxhall cars), we had a great time in Hastings, we had another great art adventure courtesy of the Art Car Boot Fair, what more do we need to say? Excellent day, seaside treats indeed, back home with bags not so big and heavy, back to the city of a train packed with very (very) loud London-bound danceheads high on even more excitement than we started our day with, excellent time, thank you Hastings, we had a wonderful time, we love being part of the Art Car Boot fair, art with an ice cream and a smile, thanks everyone, (SW) .

Thorns and things at the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair….

So the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair came and went, the rain fell, art won, we loved it. There’s a full review and a whole load of photos to be found via the Organ pages  And If these are to be the Last days of Shoreditch then the East is going down defiantly.  The  London art Calendar highlight that is the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair happened yesterday, the gods threw their worst at us in the form of torrential rain, gazebo-threatening wind and whatever else they had to hand, art won though, art most definitely won the day here in East London yesterday.. further reading

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Me? I love taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair, I wake up like a kid on Christmas morning, I count down the days, I love meeting people from all over the world, I’m honoured by the interest, the questions, the people who want their photos taken with the artist (although, the art itself might be a little better looking), I love meeting new people (and old friends made at previous fairs), it really is a day when art gets to let down her hair (is art a she, or a he? A day when art get to let down that sometimes messy multi-coloured sometimes out of control sometimes perfectly sculpted transsexual hair).

We do love the concentration that goes in to buying a part of the One Hundred Pieced Piece

We do love the concentration that goes in to buying a part of the One Hundred Pieced Piece

I love painting the hundred parts of the (now annual) One Hundred Pieced Piece and seeing the enthusiasm as people young and old pick out their pieces with such concentrated delight, I love the engagement that that piece of work brings, it isn’t about me, it really is a about those kids taking their time and buying their first pieces of art (and in one case one smiling little girl, haggling on price, way to go girl, four for the price of three because she’s run out of pocket money, brilliant!). Some artists (and critics) might get all sour-faced and sniffy about it, some might think it beneath them but I love it to bits, I love the chance to engage like this, I love it to bits.

Here’s a shot or two of some of the pieces (lots more photos of the day and the other artists/art over on the Organ pages).  Click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show.

43 canvas pieces for the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair…

 

43 pieces, Art Car Boot Fair, 2016. Coming up this Sunday, Brick Lane, London, 12th June. A series of 43 small canvas Sometimes They Have Thorns pieces, all on sale at £10 each on the day….

The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece Part 2…

The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece is now finished and ready for Sunday…

The ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece‬ has now become an annual thing, one piece of art in one hundred parts. The parts are all painted at the same time and each part is sold for just £1 at the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair (Sunday 12th June, East London). The piece is about making art accessible and affordable to all, the piece is about engaging, the piece is about recycling unwanted cardboard, the piece is one piece of work in one hundred parts shared by up to one hundred people. It goes on sale this Sunday in the car park at Brick Lane….

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The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece

The ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece‬ has now become an annual thing, one piece of art in one hundred parts. The parts are all painted at the same time and each part is sold for just £1 at the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair (Sunday 12th June, East London). The piece is about making art accessible and affordable to all, the piece is about engaging, the piece is about recycling unwanted cardboard, the piece is one piece of work in one hundred parts shared by up to one hundred people. It goes on sale this Sunday in the car park at Brick Lane….

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A new series that will consist of 43 small canvas pieces – Sometimes They Have Thorns (A Small One)

Sometines They Have Thorns (A Small One 14/43)

Sometimes They Have Thorns (A Small One 14/43)

Wrote a slightly angry blog piece (over on the Cultivate page) about an aborted road trip to Luton yesterday, well a train ride actually,  one term is as good as another though, a road trip sound far more romantic don’t you think… A road trip (on a train) to Luton, another aborted train ride of a road trip to a festival up in Yorkshire, I won’t repeat it all here, I like to keep this page for the actual art I make rather than all the outpourings that revolve around running galleries and putting on shows and the way artists, on the whole, are treated (not very well), all over on the Cultivate blog if you’re interested, I really don’t want to repeat it all here, artists do need to make a stand though, a united one, unless it is a united one there really is no point. This website and this blog is about the art I make though, not the woes of artists, this is about layers and leaves and fresh growth and painting for the next show, the excitement of texture and colour of shape and contrast, of paint and mark-making…

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Updated the Cultivate on-line shop yesterday, some of the small canvas pieces painted while confined inside a while-walled gallery last week. Really can’t be too expansive while sitting in a pristine art space, the formality demands restraint, this was not a space where I couple spray walls and throw paint. Some small canvas pieces then, there is a pleasure in painting small affordable pieces that people can just enjoy, a piece of art that in reality is worth no more than that CD you enjoy, or that dress you treated yourself to. That’s why the Art Car Boot Fair is such an enjoyable thing to take part in. So, spent last week in a white wall gallery and when I wasn’t talking to people, I painted some small (and reasonably affordable, the price of a CD or something similar) canvas pieces, a new series that will consist of 43 small canvas pieces – Sometimes They Have Thorns (A Small One 1/43)  A series that will continue until 43 have been painted and will available on line via the Cultivate shop or at the forthcoming 2016 Art Car Boot Fair(s) at Brick Lane (June12th) and Hastings(July 16th).2016 is about things in batches of 43 (the prices will all be price between £10 and £25).