New Blogsite

As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The work selected for the Vickers Collection

One of the conditions of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award is that a percentage of the work produced goes into the Vickers Collection. The pieces that were selected were:

One in a Million - 2008 - Oil on canvas 125cm x 125cm


Heavens Above! - 2008 - Oil on canvas 150cm x 100cm

See the new Vickers website here:

Comments from Skimming the Surface

Here are a few selected comments from the "Skimming the Surface" exhibition at Derby Art Gallery:

Fascinating talk and beautiful exhibition - an excellent use of your time in Derby. I especially love the iconic "One in a Million".
FW - Ireland

Most impressive. 'Three's a Crowd' is amusing, disturbing and thought provoking. Should be in the Tate Modern.
Tom, Reading

Don't like the 'lift' works but: Move effective and evocative than Richter (whom I always felt was overrated) or Tuymans. The 'trees', 'Constellation' and 'Million' are very effective. Brilliant work!

Absolutely fantastic! Can relate it all very much to my own practice with photography - displacement, the uncanny, quick glances. RD

Very emotive and atmospheric - deserving of my stock 'art critic' phrases. Makes me feel uncomfortable but warm at the same time, a detached yet involved feeling that allows me to use conflicting description to avoid explaining what I mean but trusting that you as the artist and authority have the insight to understand.
'Fierce', Derby

It's lovely to view live creativity produced by someone I know. I'm very in love with 'Three's a Crowd' - quirky in composition but atmospheric it makes me curious of what has not been included in the canvas.
Gail, Derby

I really liked how you have used oils and brushes in the protraits. CCTV effects also give each portrait a ghostly effect as if the viewer is part of the machine that watches over us. I can relate similarities between the spoken word poem I wrote and performed and your paintings. I think there is a detached feeling for the viewer. In the portraits the machine has no feeling towards that which it sees, there is no colouring of emotion or memory. I think your paintings are very good as you have captured all I have mentioned above and more. Now, how do the paintings make me feel? I don't have enough pages in the book to put it down. JC

Painting which 'imitates' photography and film is futile and pointless (why not just look at the original forms). Also, isolating a 'moment' from a sequence is again rather pointless and contradictory, and inevitably 'second best' to the actual movement itself. However, interesting images and technically competent.
AN, Stafford

I loved the detail of the 'Heights of Abraham' and 'Heavens Above!'. 'Work in Progress' was understated and challenging. I loved the first three canvasses in 'Market Hall Corner'. They caught my imagination more than the last two.
PS, Belper, Derbyshire

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Skimming the Surface at Buxton Dome

Market Hall Corner:


Friday, September 26, 2008

Buxton Dome Exhibition

A selection of my Vickers collection will be exhibited at the University of Derby's Buxton Dome from Wednesday 1st October until Sunday 19th October 2008.

Wirksworth Festival Workshops

Last week I was back at the Parish Rooms in Wirksworth to deliver two days of workshops for school children aged 6-15. I worked once again with the students from Anthony Gell school who participated in the Vickers workshops last summer. Their work was also exhibited at the Parish Rooms throughout the festival.

Students from Anthony Gell:

Large drawings made with charcoal taped to very long sticks!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Wirksworth Festival 2008

Well this blog has now gone full circle - see the archive entry here (scroll down to 12th September 2007) featuring the Wirksworth Festival. The Caravan Gallery returned again this year and I was invited to exhibit in the Parish Rooms alongside artists Maggie Cullen and Michael Shaw. The weekend art and architecture trail was fantastic - with many people visiting despite the terrible weather conditions. The exhibition in the Parish Rooms continues until Sunday 21st September.

The Caravan Gallery returns to a great reception:

The exhibition at the Parish Rooms with Maggie Cullen's delicate and intimate sculptures and Mike Shaw's stunning inflatables alongside my paintings and drawings:

A rare break in the weather - I think this was the only convincing dry spell:

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wirksworth Festival featured in AN-Magazine

AN-Feature - Sept 2008:

"Over 160 artists are showcasing work in Wirksworth Festival’s Art and Architecture Trail.

Last year, 7,000 visitors came to the Derbyshire market to view works in venues ranging from private homes, historic buildings, gardens, churches to shops and industrial workshops. The visual arts programme highlights new commissioned work by Mike Shaw, (AHRC Fellow at Loughborough University), Natalie Dowse (Derbyshire Community Foundation Vickers Fine Art Award winner 2007/08) and site-specific installation by Maggie Cullen, on view until 21 September at Parish Rooms Gallery.

Fourteen of the town’s shop windows will host the Art for Windows programme that includes specially-commissioned work by selected artists including work by Johanne Domnke Guyot and Kirsty Smith. John Tunley’s ‘Images from the Natural History Museum’ is showing Derby Museum and Art Gallery at the same time. The festival has also commissioned Maxine Hall to document the people of Wirksworth; using a 5x4 camera and natural light, sitters will take ownership of the chair and command of the lens.

In the Market Place, internationally-acclaimed Caravan Gallery returns with ‘Photographing the way we live today’, while sculptor Laura Bacon has created a new temporary sculpture in cable for the space. Willowbath Mill studios are open to the public, presenting ongoing projects, documented works and installations from ten artists and designers. The Makers’ Market at the Town Hall and Memorial Hall has doubled in size to showcase work by leading East Midlands designer makers, including jewellery, textiles, glassware, ceramics and woodwork. As part of a programme of support for young artists, new work from the universities of Derby and Staffordshire are on exhibition."

5-21 September 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wirksworth Festival and Buxton

I will be showing the work from 'Skimming the Surface' in the Parish Rooms at this year's Wirksworth Festival alongside Maggie Cullen and Michael Shaw. The Festival runs from 5th September to 21st September.

The work will also be shown at the University of Derby Dome in Buxton from 1st to 19th October 2008.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A scary picture from the Derby Telegraph

Hmmm not one of my best - but still it's all part of the story.