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.

 

Art prints, and Hastings event 23.03.18

I have been busy prepping prints to show at the book launch of The Stone Tide. The event is on 23 March 2018 in Hastings.

I shall be there if you fancy a chat and also to learn more about The Stone Tide.

I will be also showing framed artwork used for the book cover, prints are for sale on the night.

For more info please follow this link (Facebook)

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The Stone Tide book cover

I am excited to see that the proof copies of The Stone Tide, on Influx Press are ready.

I designed the cover & it looks great, and it is a bloody great read as well. 😉

Includes an illustrated chapter by Vince Ray .

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Unofficial Britain Article.

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I am really pleased to announce that Unofficial Britain has a really nice article about my muse Thamesmead and my artwork inspired by this magical place. Sadly parts of it is now rapidly being crushed bit by bit. I spent one day on a field trip there, and you can read the post here.

Unofficial Britain is an esoteric guide to anything of note in the British Isles. It really is worth a look, where you can get info on odd and bizzare Walks/tours, and touches on Psychogeography, Art , poetry, film and fine writing, and music, ( I am actually listening to a mix called ” Suspected Rural Telephone Poltergeist” By The Geography Trip,  as I write this). Writer and co-founder Gareth E Rees does an excellent job of finding curios for our delights, and also worth checking out his Novel “Marshlands”.

Thanks. Hollis.  Website Here

A Dream Life Of Hackney Marshes.

This must be the month to plug another Album! This is particularly amazing, and sits well with me whilst, making my landscapes. Gareth E Rees, also known as Hackney Marshman has teamed up with the  ensemble Jetsam. And released this great album A Dream Life Of Hackney Marshes

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The sound they make is quite massive, but yet very very personal, this is because Gareth, reads out passages from his new Book “Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London” whilst Jetsam, play esoteric “chamber Music” for the pre Digital generation  The sense of space.. and ethereal sound , match well with Gareth’s Odd tales, of “Water Works, Pigeons, (and my fave so far) Pylons”

The album is like having your “Walkman” on, whilst rambling through Hackney Marshes, On a beautiful Autumn morning.. crisp air, and your hands thrust deep, in your coat pockets. Whilst Gareth is whispering in your ear about local legends, Pylon sex, and Modern Love.. which as I said earlier.. makes the whole sound very immersive. I think the CD has sold out.. But you can listen then buy the album here.

For further reading you can check out Gareth’s excellent Blog here