Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Missing narrative

Looking forward to being part of this next week…….


The Free Painters and Sculptors 2014 Members Exhibition 

Private View 3rd June 6-9pm

Exhibition dates  - 2nd - 14th June
The Menier Gallery | 51 Southwark Street | London SE1 1RU  | United Kingdom


Missing Narrative is the annual members exhibition by the Free Painters and Sculptors (FPS) and will be held at the Menier Gallery – London Bridge.

This exhibition intends to investigate how visual arts often communicate something that is beyond vocabulary.

‘The painting is not a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves the mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is what you see.’ 

Philip Guston – Abstract Expressionist – 1913 - 1980 



Alberta Bamonte | Alex McIntyre | Alexandra Harley | Annabel Cullen | Anna Cocciadiferro | Anette Sykes
Bruni Schling | Bettina Reiber | Camilla Bliss | Caroline Cary | Dijana Bekvalac | Gabriel Parfitt
James Reynolds | Joanna Ciechanowska | Jody Little | John Parfitt | Malcolm Franklin | Mary Jane Jones
Marco Alessi | Mel Cole | Owen Legg Pasquale Cesare | Pete Murry | Pete Roseman | PIKY | Sally Buchanan
Zoe Landau-Konson


Miranda Donovan



FPS is an artist lead organisation that supports and promotes artists to develop their work on their own terms. The group builds long-term relationships with artists and promotes the dialogue and exchange of ideas within the visual arts through annual exhibitions and events.

Established in 1952, FPS was originally associated with the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts). Founding members featured many high profile and influential artists, including Roy Rasmussen, Lyall Watson and Maurice Jadot.

FPS played a significant part in the establishment of abstract art in the 1950's and 60's and was the first of a number of post war movements that freed artists from the orthodoxy of rigid and purely technical judgements.  This ethos continues today and we welcome applications from talented artists at all stages of their career




Lead Curator and Exhibitions Manager: Gabriel Parfitt | | 07786865356

Graphics: Mike Garland |

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Saturday, 10 May 2014


I have spent the day in the studio hurrah, hugely enjoyable and great stuff but spookily felt that I was being watched. I discovered the buddleia bush outside my studio door had a coot in residence, beautiful plumage. The Honourable Coot was quite comfy for the day, perched on a low branch and entirely unperturbed by the builders next door who were making quite a racket filling a skip. I was under scrutiny all day, I hope I met expectations 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Nail biting and a happy dog

I am delighted that The Royal Academy has shortlisted both sculptures for this year's Summer Exhibition, hurrah! Getting them there was not 'Hurrah' as it was last week when there was a tube strike so the roads were chokka. It took forever to drive the short stretch across London made somewhat better by being buoyed up by several hours of radio 4. We made it eventually and Polly the apprentice spaniel jumped out straight away, she really need to stretch her legs apart from the fact she is incredibly nosey.  The lovely team of young men helping unload sculptures promptly downed tools to roll around with her, she had the biggest fuss which she see as her due entitlement. One man tried to be officious saying that Polly would have to be 'confiscated'. After that he was really friendly playing with her so I think she would have been quite happy to go with him. There will be no need to post if I am selected, you will hear the cheers! Meanwhile, I have no nails while I await the outcome

Bamboo sculpture

Bamboo sculpture, the first, Japan was so brilliant I plan to return. Sorry for the delay in posting these and for the less than ideal photos, I shall be getting some decent ones soon and this was the best I could do when I was there.