Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Badger Question

'Blue Sky Above' acrylic on canvas 100 cm x 100 cm.
The painting pictured will soon be on show at the Affordable Art Fair in Stockholm with the lovely Stock Gallery. Along with three other large canvases and a raft of smaller paintings it should be quite a display. I hope the dear people of Stockholm enjoy.
In other news I have lots of exhibitions and opportunities all coming together this month. This week I am really pleased to be showing some work with Comme Ca at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester and will even make the preview evening on Thursday. Just spent the weekend at the first Wilmslow Art Trail event showing my work alongside Di Metcalfe who I have exhibited with previously at the White Gallery in Bollington. Had a very enjoyable weekend even without sales, and so to the title of this post, coined from another art fair in the company of Julie Miles and Hilli Mcmanus the phrase has come to me to illustrate that idea that as artists we can trace a trend or even anticipate one. I expect at every moment in time someone catches the  Zietgiest, the girl with the great bobbed hair and super slim figure in the 1960s, the bleached blond boy with the biggest wooped hair and ripped jeans in the 1980s, but I don't believe you can second guess these things, I always remember Jarvis Cocker of Pulp saying that they played the same music for fifteen years and during a brief moment became trendy and in front of the public gaze. That I believe is the way of these things. Was it that the Beatles and Elvis were super talented? (undoubtedly) But also they were there just at the right time as many other people could have been or weren't.
So if on an endless unrewarding day trying to shift your art onto an unsuspecting public they are dismayed by your birds or rabbits or alpacas and ask 'have you any Badgers' you must simply politely say that unfortunately not and hope that next time you set up your stall you find the bird lover with art on their mind.

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