Thursday, 18 June 2009

Compartments III - Egg and Bottle

Another compartment painting. When I looked at the last compartment painting, I decided that the most effective section of the painting was the right hand side area with the shoe, the bottle and the lemon. In a way I thought that the painting could do without all the other elements, so I made a simplified, stripped down version of the composition. Slightly different but basically the same idea. Here is the result.

Monday, 8 June 2009


Flower - 5"x6" - oil on panel

Thursday, 4 June 2009


Pear - 5"x6" - oil on panel

I'm posting more small still life studies here. This and the work which follows won't have a BUY NOW button because I'm keeping most of it back for exhibitions, and some of them are already completed commissions. I am planning to put more work up on the blog for sale in the future though.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Mystery Portrait Postcards

Lucas Alexander

Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror

I was very happy to be asked by the National Portrait Gallery to contribute a couple of paintings to their Mystery Portrait Postcard exhibition for this years Portrait Gala. 139 portrait postcards were exhibited anonymously and sold to guests on the night of the Portrait Gala, which raises money for various educational programs at the gallery and also to help them purchase important new works for the collection.
Because my invite was sent to my old address, I didn't even know that I'd been asked to do it until about a week before the exhibition! So without too much time to think about it, on the two postcards which they sent me I made a small drawing of my son Lucas on one, and a pretty loose self portrait on the other. The self portrait sold on the night, but as far as I know the drawing of Lucas is one of a handful of paintings still available to buy on the NPG website. You can see all the paintings from the exhibition here or even buy my drawing if you fancy, here.