I’m excited to show a little hint of a new style of work I’ve been working on, done by hand-stitching paper. I did a small one for the Art On A Postcard charity auction a few years ago, raising money for the Hepatitis C Trust. Here are a few sneak peeks of the first full-sized one, one is of the front and one is the reverse.
This is the first of my newest series of three layered works. The flowers and net curtain are drawn on to one sheet of glass, the woman is on another, and the background is on another. All are drawn with electrical tape, and then the whole thing is set in clear resin. Then the areas within the lines that I didn’t want to be transparent was painted with white paint.
All three layers were then framed together.
This is the first to be exhibited, and is now SOLD. More coming soon…
This week I have a work up for auction through Christies, raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Some of the other artists involved include: Tracey Emin, Howard Hodgkin, Mat Collishaw, Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Maggi Hambling, Billy Childish, Cornelia Parker, Julian Opie, Jeremy Deller, Michael Craig-Martin, Conrad Shawcross.
The work is a portrait commission, and is still available to bid on until 3pm on Thursday the 20th of April.
My second lightbox is being shown in the opening show at Art Of Protest Gallery in York. The show opens on Thursday the 13th of Arpil, and I will be in attendance at the private view if anyone wants to come say hi.
The work is inspired by the elegant allure of Odette Swann from Marcel Proust’s In Search Of Lost Time.
Last year that charity Reprieve asked me to donate another work to their annual fundraising gala dinner and auction. I decided to donate the opportunity to have your portrait done by me, with black electrical tape on glass.
The first portrait was the one posted below, bought by Olivia Colman, the one above was the second, and is of novelist Nick Harkaway.
Nick’s father is John Le Carré, who wrote Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and The Night Manager. The reason I mention this is that coincidentally Olivia recently won a Golden Globe for her role in The Night Manager. It’s a small world.
I am very happy to have been able to raise £6100 for the charity on the night.