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‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’ completed. 31.05.18

I had the idea for this piece having seen the Banksy ‘Rude Copper’ in various incarnations.  I particularly liked the idea of it as a framed artwork, but took out the graffiti lettering as seen in the original, as it didn’t work with the idea I had in mind. I always seek the permission of the street artist to incorporate their work into my painting before I begin and have never yet been refused;  until now.  I have emailed Banksys ‘agent ‘ at  Pest Control and had no reply.  However, the Hidden Gallery (chris@hidden) where I first saw this Banksy, commented that Banksy probably wouldn’t be too precious about this, so fingers crossed. I wanted the two girls to be completely different in how they looked, but they needed to look really smartly dressed, as if at a Private View, which maybe would have irritated our Rude Copper, hence the Good Cop Bad Cop title.  Just my own sense of humour, the viewer may make of it what he/she wants. I am delighted to be collaborating with Alex Lucas for my next artworks, as she is a wonderful street artist. Have a look at her art on Instagram at @lucas_antics.…
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‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’ work in progress. 24.05.18

My thought for the day from Winston Churchill:  ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’. My beloved partner died in March from brutal, quick and aggressive cancer.  During those last few months I did indeed lose my enthusiasm to paint.  Since his death however, my enthusiasm has returned, albeit reluctantly, and I feel I am painting better than ever.  I have freedom to surge forward and my brain is fizzing with new ideas for my street art inspired work.  I am excited, energised and each day just want to paint more and more.   But oh, how I miss my darling Les, would that he were still watching me paint as he used to. This new work will be a take on another Banksy that I saw on The Hidden Gallery’s Instagram page (@chrisathidden).  Banksy’s website (Pest Control) doesn’t reply to my request to incorporate his work into my art, and Hidden Gallery reckons he would be fine with this angle, so on I go.  This will be the last Banksy for a while as I have new ideas for the next piece which will be more locally inspired. There will be two young women…
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‘Modern Babysitting’ completed 09.05.18

This title is a take on today’s society.  Everywhere I look these days, everywhere I walk, every restaurant or cafe I sit in, I see people, particularly the young, glued to their smartphones.   Sitting with friends at the same table, all their heads are down, scrolling away on their phones.  How is this going to play out in the future?  Where do we go from here ?  And what is this doing to our backs ? (I have osteoporosis so am particularly interested in this aspect). So to the painting.  I saw this Banksy copy and a germ of an idea started in my mind.  I always try and get the street artist’s permission to use their work in my compositions, but have been unable to trace the artist who made this copy.  Likewise I received no reply to my request to Banksy (Pest Control) so am having to keep my fingers crossed he/they are happy with this piece. A long time ago, an art dealer told me a touch of red in a painting always lifts it and results in more sales, so here we are!  I am grateful to Natalia Green for being the perfect muse here.…
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