Weekly Roundup 54

i. I’ve been seeing a lot of images from Rebecca Harper’s exhibition Chameleon popping up on my Instagram feed. Harper makes large-scale paintings of believable, everyday events (comprised of fictional and real reference material). Unfortunately I won’t be able to visit (it’s in Cornwall) but it’s exciting to see someone painting everyday scenes and getting a lot of critical acclaim for it.

‘I believe that art and life are synchronised, that we learn about life and its events by discovering ourselves, and that equally we learn about ourselves after having endured life… my works are a reflection of the time we are living in.’ - Rebecca Harper

Rebecca Harper,  Guys Hanging Out at the Pond

Rebecca Harper, Guys Hanging Out at the Pond

Rebecca Harper,  Dreaming of Another World

Rebecca Harper, Dreaming of Another World

ii. I’ve also been enjoying seeing images of Easy Peelers, an exhibition of playful, celebratory paintings by Nettle Grellier (another artist I follow on Instagram) at THAT Art Gallery in Bristol. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see it the show but I love the text she has written about it and feel it has an affinity with my work:

‘These paintings are about feeling a sense of intimacy and safety against the turbulence and disjointedness of Society in our restless world. That’s not to say I want these paintings to be about putting your head in the sand, but to unite in kindness and support for one another, and these paintings aim to show that by depicting expressions of tenderness and friendship.

Whilst the subjects are personal, I want them to be familiar to anyone… absorbed figures who are comfortable in the close presence of the other subjects. I like the bodies to fill the canvas and feel at ease with each other.’

Nettle Grellier,  Easy Peelers,  oil on canvas

Nettle Grellier, Easy Peelers, oil on canvas

Nettle Grellier,  Zesty Resters,  oil on canvas

Nettle Grellier, Zesty Resters, oil on canvas

iii. After a busy week I managed to get into the print studio at school this weekend. I began making monotypes but after a while got frustrated with my attempts as I could not get the press/ink/paper to work properly. I then grabbed a spare bit of lino and created the print below from a small sketchbook drawing. I’m really pleased with it and am excited about the possibilities of introducing relief printing into my final exhibition and continuing practice.

 
Michael at The Three Crowns,  2019

Michael at The Three Crowns, 2019