Friday, 28 November 2014

Anselm and me

Behold and hurrah! I have been included in a new book of all things to do with drawing and painting, by Kate Wilson. My page here, with my drawing on the left, followed by Anselm Kiefer, also included are worked by my good chums Annie Attridge and Alison Harper.  I am so proud to be included with an amazing set of artists, Kate did a great job of putting it all together and she does go right through the alphabet to include artists whose names begin with other letters than just 'A'!

The covers, one for America and one for England, not sure which one is which though, Kate did tell me but my mind has gone blank.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


It was raining stair rods on Sunday, there was no respite so I was at the private view for the Cafe Gallery in wellies along with a lot of other soggy people as well. 'Bleikur' is the smallest pink sculpture

Friday, 21 November 2014

Free Painters and Sculptors

All welcome!

You are cordially invited to the Private View of

The Free Painters and Sculptors Open Exhibition 2014

at the

Featuring the Roy Rasmussen Awards
2nd December 6-9pm
The Menier Gallery | 51 Southwark Street | London SE1 1RU  | United Kingdom

Alex McIntyreJames ReynoldsSimon BurderKevin Keating
Alexandra HarleyJanet ScottSusan AbsolonLori Endo
Anna CocciadiferroJody LittleWill BartonMaria Pierides
Anette SykesJohn ParfittZoe Landau KonsonNoel Condon
Bruni SchlingOwen LeggAndy GasheRachael Bailey
Bettina ReiberMarco AlessiAnn KopkaRhiannon Salisbury
Caroline CaryPasquale CesareCamilla BlissRichard Goldsmith
Charlie TaylorPete MurryChuck MonroeRob McSweeney
David DaviesPete RosemanChristopher SacreRoy Osbourne
Dijana BekvalacPIKYClare GordonSally Ward
Gabriel ParfittRoy RasmussenDebbie ReynoldsTrinidad Ball
 Sally BuchananJoanna Ciechanowska 


The FPS Open is an annual event that brings FPS members and guest artists together to create an exciting and inclusive exhibition of the UK's best new and established artists.  The event is open to fine artists at any stage of their career and there is no restriction of concept, style or material.

This year will again feature the coveted Roy Rasmussen Award for best in show, although this year it will be particularly poignant as Roy, an original founding member who was integral to the success and longevity of FPS, sadly passed away in May, aged 94.

To honour the occasion we will feature a retrospective display of his works as part of the exhibition that will illustrate the truly unique and pioneering talents of the internationally renowned sculptor.

Roy Rasmussen's 'The Prisoner'


FPS is an artist lead organisation based at the Menier Gallery 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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Sunday, 16 November 2014


With several lights deciding to stay asleep on a grey and gloomy day at the studio, I have not been able to do much and certainly nothing requiring a good light. I didn't even feel that I could scrabble around in the semi-darkness continuing with the great clear up/sort out which has been a major activity recently.  I have therefore taken myself off to the Cafe Gallery to deliver 'Bleikur', a clay sculpture with the parts bolted together, for the 30th Open Exhibition. This is an artist led gallery which organises an annual show of small work which is crammed with an exciting and eclectic mix. It is set in Southwark Park so Polly got a good run too, mostly with pugs, after we had safely delivered the sculpture.

If you are in the area, the private view is on Sunday 23rd November so please come along. The show is on until the 14th December. 
Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA

Saturday, 15 November 2014

small and big

Last night was the wonderfully packed out private view for the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London. My scorched wood sculpture 'Esclise' is on show and was photographed for the catalogue. With such a throng I did wonder to begin with whether my sculpture really had been selected as it was difficult to see through the crowds. However I did find it eventually and Esclise shares the plinth with Thomas Adam's 'Rock Study no 2'. It was good to meet up with some good friends and lovely family who had traveled down from Wales. As the photos from last night just shows a sea of heads,  I thought I would pop back today to see the show properly and take photos.
All the work for the Discerning Eye has to be a maximum 20" so the Anselm Kiefer show at the Royal Academy is at the other end of the scale, enormous work that is quite overwhelming in scale and swallows you up in the rich and complex textures.  
I was serenaded by Big Ben for the short walk from the Mall to the RA