A trip to the south coast.

last weekend (22/23rd march). I headed off to Hove to meet up with art collector and very good friend Seval.

I planned a two day visit with her that would conclude with attending The Stone Tide book launch. I took my camera to get some material together, but I failed miserably as I spent all my time chatting, eating lots of cake, and generally enjoying the conversations with Seval, the camera lived in my backpack for the most part.

However I took around 30 shots of the beach in Eastbourne, and a  couple in Brighton. (See Images at the bottom of this post)

The book launch was great, and held in the amazing book / off license / live venue. “Borough wines Beers and Books”    I brought along 3 framed prints. and a portfolio of 10 art prints for people have a look through. It was also a thrill to see the book on display, and to see my art looking great.

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(pic by Influx press. also showing Vince ray’s artwork which features in the book).

Downstairs the book launch coincided with regular art happening “Weird Shit”, Art films, spoken word and sonic pounding bass was the vibe, and people stood transfixed , waiting for the next “Weird Shit” to happen, with Spoken word from Gareth E. Rees, Gary Budden, and Michael Smith.

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(outside venue).

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(looking a bit bedazzled!! In front of one of my framed stone Tide prints.)

Meanwhile upstairs, the atmosphere was slightly boozy and relaxed. the crowd was full of artists, writers and musicians, some knew about the event, others followed their curiosity, resulting in an interesting crowd.

It was nice to talk to so many people, and to meet documentary film maker, artist, writer, and poet Michael Smith. Also worth mentioning is the amazing artist Martin O’Neill who was excellent company over a glass of Cloudwater, and was passionate about the process of making art.

Thanks for all you who stopped to have chat with me, and the interest in my work!

Buy the book here.. it is a fabulous read.

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(photo influx press)

As mentioned earlier I did take some shots and I have been experimenting. here are some examples below.

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see more on my Facebook page.

 

Haunted by a Nuclear Power Station

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As you may know, I have just completed a book cover for the writer Gareth E. Rees.

In an article on Unofficial Britain, Gareth talks about a painting he bought off me called “Ghostbox” and the influence it had on his latest novel The Stone Tide.

feeling very humbled that my work can inspire other people, way after it has left my studio. Read the article here.

The Stone Tide is now on sale via Influx Press

 

Ghost Box

This is a Piece called “Ghost Box” It was taken from a Photograph that I took At Dungeness in Kent U.K. If you have never been to that part of the world,  I can say it is very very flat,  your view on the beach is 30% land and the rest is just “big” sky!

Dungeness is famous for the late and much missed Artist and film maker Derek Jarman, who had a house there, and also done a film called “The Garden” it is so beautiful there, and the wildlife is abundant. It has a feeling of not being of this planet that I really adore, and it is soo quiet.. quite a magical place. In the midst of this amazing place is a nuclear power station called “Dungeness B”  it is like it has dropped from the sky and landed there. The juxtaposition between the brutality of modernism and the breathtaking scenery is bizzare to say the least. I personally find it enchanting.

Image below: 31 X 49 inches, Acrylic and Matt Emulsion on canvas.