Post Olympic Blues 2012

2012 was a big year for London. Hackney, a part of London I am very familiar with was transformed into a shiny place for a few weeks and this multi cultural neighbourhood became a global village. No sooner had it begun than it was over. The streets were empty again and the shiny place was silent.

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Scripture

In 2001-2  I was asked to work on the St. John’s Bible. It was the first handwritten and illuminated Bible produced sine the medieval period.  I was asked to develop several ideas for illuminations for the project none of which were used except for an illumination at the end of Acts of the Apostles.  I was disappointed but the sketches and notes I made have re surfaced from time to time and evolved into paintings.

 

American Visions

 

 

In 2010 I was fortunate to spend three months in Florida. Fortunate in many ways, fortunate to meet my future wife, fortunate to experience the U.S. again and see how American culture had changed since I lived stateside in 1976 and fortunate to have time to paint. I have always loved to look at paintings and my career was in art but I never painted in the purist sense of the word. I probably never would have but for my future wife.

We were talking about art and I was waxing lyrical about the painters I liked and she said why don’t you paint?  It was as if I had just heard a funeral bell toll, a silent tumbleweed moment. I came up with a myriad of excuses but I suppose I felt daunted by the prospect. Intimidated even. Ce who was herself an artist was having none of it and so we got some canvasses, acrylic paints an easel and brushes. My first strokes were hesitant, un sure and that was strange to me because in my day job my art was completely confident and assured.

I have always liked American culture and the what is now almost clichéd iconography.  The diners, blues and country music, old pickup trucks. These paintings were a fusion of emotional reactions to my surroundings, meeting and falling in love with my wife  and memories of my previous times as a teenager in Memphis.

The experiment, for that is what it was, worked.  When I returned to England I had the strongest desire to paint and so a journey began which has proved an interesting and challenging one and  so it continues but it really started with American Visions.

ASJ

 

 

 

 

Scripture

In 2001-2  I was asked to work on the St. John’s Bible. It was the first handwritten and illuminated Bible produced sine the medieval period.  I was asked to develop several ideas for illuminations for the project none of which were used except for an illumination at the end of Acts of the Apostles.  I was disappointed but the sketches and notes I made have re surfaced from time to time and evolved into paintings.

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American Visions

 

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In 2010 I was fortunate to spend three months in Florida. Fortunate in many ways, fortunate to meet my future wife, fortunate to experience the U.S. again and see how American culture had changed since I lived stateside in 1976 and fortunate to have time to paint. I have always loved to look at paintings and my career was in art but I never painted in the purist sense of the word. I probably never would have but for my future wife.

We were talking about art and I was waxing lyrical about the painters I liked and she said why don’t you paint?  It was as if I had just heard a funeral bell toll, a silent tumbleweed moment. I came up with a myriad of excuses but I suppose I felt daunted by the prospect. Intimidated even. Ce who was herself an artist was having none of it and so we got some canvasses, acrylic paints an easel and brushes. My first strokes were hesitant, un sure and that was strange to me because in my day job my art was completely confident and assured.

I have always liked American culture and the what is now almost clichéd iconography.  The diners, blues and country music, old pickup trucks. These paintings were a fusion of emotional reactions to my surroundings, meeting and falling in love with my wife  and memories of my previous times as a teenager in Memphis.

The experiment, for that is what it was, worked.  When I returned to England I had the strongest desire to paint and so a journey began which has proved an interesting and challenging one and  so it continues but it really started with American Visions.

ASJ