Work in progress detail. 05.07.18

My alologies, I’ve been on holiday for 10 days, so no Blog.  However, I am now refreshed, recharged and ready with new ideas for my paintings. I am collaborating with Alex Lucas, @lucas_antics on Instagram, who is a well known street artist, particularly here in Bristol.  She has painted some wonderful artwork around the Stokes Croft area of Bristol and I am sure will feature heavily when Upfest takes place at the end of this month (Urban Paint Festival when Street Artists from all over Europe descend on my street North Street and its environs to paint awesome street art and graffiti; please Google for more information). There is a new, presently temporary, art gallery opened up on North Street called North and I will be showing my work there from mid July which neatly includes Upfest weekend.  I am delighted to have this exposure.  If you’re in  Bristol,  do pop in and have a look.  I might be there too. So to this detail of a piece which features one of Alex Lucas’ rabbits.  Both she and I are represented by Great White Art Gallery ( which gave me the idea of collaboration.  In this work,  the rabbit will…
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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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