a bit like the end of a great night out
the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition finishing is like the quiet journey home with the sound of music still ringing in your ears.
its been a heck of a few weeks watching the virtual dots be added to the picture and I got to go there for the last day to take a picture of my print with its sold out sticker
its a bit sad I know but this may never happen again (although I hope that it does) so I am allowing myself a bit of indulgence!
now there is a bit of calm and some time to work out what the hell I will put in for next year… no idea at the moment
With a few weeks left
my edition of 25 you cant go home again print has sold out
when I submitted my image to the Royal Academy competition back in April, I had approached it like other years, a case of sending these images and seeing how they go.
I always have it in the back of my mind that these could be selected and sold and bought but it still surprises me – firstly that it got this far and was part of the exhibition and also that so many people have chosen it to put up on their wall
Its been great speaking to the buyers and finding out what drew them to the image – it reminds me that buying art is so personal, everyones reasons for liking it are different
It also makes me feel more focussed, that can just carry on doing what I am doing and letting others find their own meanings behind them
My Republic images are featured at the Vibe Gallery for 2 weeks starting from the 31st January (and ending on the 12th February)
The opening night was nice, there is some great artwork there and its well worth a look. The great thing about shows like this is that there is a big variety of styles from painting to jewellery to collage to photography
One of my enquiries from the Royal Academy exhibition got in contact with me, firstly to purchase some prints and then we started to discuss other possibilities. which led to this, an interview on their new site. Their ‘artist’ side of the company aims to purchase from up and coming artists and eventually help with exhibitions and other activities.
we are going to be working together to put on an exhibition, hopefully next year around the new portfolio that im working on called Republic
My Print “Cathode Silence” has been juried into an upcoming exhibition in Portland Oregon, This is very exciting for me because it will be the first time that i will have been exhibited in another country
Quite an odd title, which gives the impression of an finality of sorts, and thats kind of what it is. Months and months of work and then all of a sudden, the things that had taken over your life and home have disappeared and are adorning the walls of another.
The house felt quiet and still when i returned last night.
on the positive side though, the prints are now up at the Tobacco Factory and they look really good, just about the right size which i was worried about, just enough in terms of numbers (which i was also worried about) – The metal set aside from the brickwork let them blend as well as stand out which and in such a big space, it was always going to be difficult to get everything to work together.
the opening reception is on Thursday which although i am still a bit nervous about, im confident that it will be a great night
My blog has been neglected a little of late, much like the hoovering in my house, this is mainly because all available floorspace (in my house) has been taken up with metal panels in order to get them ready for exhibition time next week.
The preparation involves all manner of intoxicating chemicals, industrial spray paint, lacquer (thats the varnish and not the drink) and contact adhesive which is especially potent. Ive found myself going out for walks late in the evening to try and clear my head a little, but most of that is done now and its just left to fit the frames together ready for hanging.
The press releases went out and nice printed cards which have met with very little success, it always surprises me how difficult it is to get any engagement from arty folk, its probably half due to my lack of experience with marketing, something that I have always found difficult and probably due to the amount of stuff that get sent out to people, Still – I hope they were responsibly recycled. In contrast to the tumbleweeds from some of the galleries, there has been some really positive responses which really makes all of it worth it and I think that the opening night is gearing up to be a very interesting night.
The opening reception is next Thursday (5th September) at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and I will be there to show and answer questions about the work.