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‘Rendezvous At The Labia’. Work in progress. 21/06/17

This is a larger work than usual for me, 80 x 80 cm (32 x 32″) and is one of a series I hope to be sending off to Cape Town gallery, State of The Art (http://stateoftheart-gallery.com) which is an online gallery with a permanent presence about to open at 50, Buitenkant in August, moving from Shortmarket Street. I have in mind to paint pictures using iconic Cape Town backgrounds, much as I am intending to do with Bristol at Great White Art gallery, (http://greatwhiteart.com).  These backgrounds could be recognisable like the above, or involve street art and graffiti.   The paintings will always have my trademark woman somewhere in the composition. The above work is so called, because this girl is sitting just outside the Labia cinema in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest working cinema so I am told.   People smile at the title, but said cinema was opened by Princess Labia in the 1940’s. I have been adding in much more colour than is in the original composition as I felt the painting was getting a bit sombre and I am in the mood for brighter colours, so will probably add in more next time when I get…
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New work in progress…The Hare on North Street. 14/06/17

I am working on a series of paintings at the moment with my trademark woman in front of an interesting and recognisable Bristol backdrop.  I have taken a lot of photos of North Street, the street where I live, as it provides  a centre each year for Upfest,  a street art festival held in July. Graffiti and street artists from all over the Uk  and Europe descend on North Street and cover virtually every available space with some pretty spectacular art. I have also been roaming around the ‘people’s Republic of Stokes Croft’ which is a myriad of wonderful paintings, murals and street art as it is a hub for artists, much like North Street.  I am very excited. Further afield, I have been wandering around the streets of Camden and Kentish Town in London for the same reason and in the future hope to paint several paintings featuring some amazing backdrops for my woman sliding past, and no doubt including Amy Winehouse somewhere, as she and Camden are synonymous. I plan to do the same with Cape Town and my ‘Don’t Be A Dick’ was the first painting I did which gave me the idea for all of the…
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‘Rendezvous at The Labia’. Work in progress. 07/06/17

Strange title possibly ?! The Labia is South Africa’s oldest working cinema and is such an iconic place.  It was founded by Princess Labia around 1945 I think, and is one of my best go to places to visit when I am in Cape Town.  It is a small theatre but has four screens and has a small bar with snacks available, both of which you can take in with you to see the film.  The usherette is a fabulous local who has been at the Labia for as long as I can remember and you can get home made popcorn which always smells delicious and costs a fraction of the stuff you buy here in England. It’s a real favourite with the locals and shows all up to date films plus more arts based ones.  I love it. I came out from the film and saw this young woman on her phone. The lighting, the pose, the colour of that wall – my favourite shade of blue – all conspired to make me feel a painting coming on. I will be adding in more zestful colours as I go along and need to accentuate the lights and darks more…
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