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Print Explosion at Volcano

4 Jul
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Punjab Storm #1, a monotype by me based on an original drawing from my residency in Pakistan in 2014

There’s a new exhibition at Volcano on Swansea’s High Street called Print Explosion! It’s the annual show for members of Swansea Print Workshop and I have 8 original prints in it. The opening party is on Friday July 6th, 6.30 – 9.00 pm and the show runs until Saturday July 28th. If you’re passing, please drop by 🙂

2018 SPW poster text only

Build It And They Will Come

16 Mar

 

Psychobagpuss Bagpuss Window

Back in September 2015, my artist chum Melanie Ezra and I ripped up filthy old carpet, bleached what needed bleaching, filled the window of a semi-derelict dirty old shop with art and artefacts,  set up an event page on Facebook, opened the doors and developed our artwork in the premises during daylight hours. Over the next three and a half weeks, The Bagpuss Window, earmarked for demolition in Swansea’s High Street, brought forth an outpouring of visual and performing art and was experienced by around 200 people, artists and the public alike.

What happened?

They came, they saw, they did art.

Local charity Circus Eruption lent us some iconic chairs, copies of the classic Arne Jacobsen design so we started a photo project, asking artists who visited to have their photo taken ‘Being Christine Keeler’.

Puppeteer and musician David Pitt sat in the doorway and ‘gonged’ the street, sometimes with sunpan player, Sharon Edlington Douglas.

The Window held an ever-changing array of artistic tableaux with artists bringing in and collecting work every few days.

Tableaux

And then there was Man Arkin (Jonathan Green), whose silent performance overlooked the run-down street one afternoon.

Sylvie Evans psychedelically collaged the changing rooms…

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Hannah Lawson took over a darkened derelict space out the back for her light paintings.

Archaeologist Dewi Bowen created a Cretan Labyrinth on the floor for people to walk and contemplate.

Melanie Ezra worked on her delicate assemblages each day but also found time to paint the walls.

Rhys Trimble performed his spontaneous poetry into the street….

We did some etching

Dai Melv at Bagpuss

I did some drawing…..

And Melvyn Williams filmed it …….

The Glamour

10 Feb
The Glamour

The Glamour

Continuing with my series of drawings of Baby Boomers, my latest model is at the top end of the demographic and is now aged 70. I have known her for over 40 years and she is still probably the most glamorous woman I know, always beautifully dressed and groomed, the sort of person who makes heads turn when she walks into a room, not because of outrageous clothes or acres of bare flesh but simply because she oozes sprezzatura, an effortless impression of elegance, confidence and charm. In Celtic mythology, the glamour was a magical ability to weave spells on humans.

I’ve been doing these recent portraits at The SPace on Swansea’s High Street. It’s been a short-term project in partnership between Swansea Print Workshop and Coastal Housing Group and it comes to an end on Saturday. It’s been a lovely venue for doing these portraits and I’m going to have to find somewhere else to draw them from now on, I still have to do about 60 of the 100 I plan to draw. I drew this with a mid-grey graphite stick into an A4 spiral bound sketchbook.

A Boiler Suit And A Newspaper Wall

7 Sep

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Today The Bagpuss Window opened for business. Fellow artist Melanie Ezra and I have taken on an old shop premises as a pop-up studio and public access artspace. We did come clearing and cleaning at the end of last week and today we started working on art. Several artists wandered in to chat about the possibility of coming in and working with us over the month and one stayed a while and made a plastic door curtain for us from old carrier bags and some police crime scene tape found in the street. More artists will be joining us from time to time to work on art and put it into the ever-changing Bagpuss Window.

 

Today I donned my boiler suit and sturdy shoes and papered a large expanse of wall with newspaper. This is the base for a large intuitive drawing I’ll be doing through our stay. I also pasted the 2 ‘Bagpuss Window’ signs I made last week to the front of the shop. We have 3 groovy little changing cubicles at the back of the shop so we’re waiting for an artist to come up with a way of using them. Husb is hoping to get a webcam fixed up in the next couple of days so we can do a live stream of artists at work. A bit like Big Brother on the telly 😀

Here’s something about this week at The Bagpuss Window.

Week 1

Week 1

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