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The legacy of the avant-garde – the essay I didn’t need to write

Is a 21st-century avant-garde possible? Introduction “It is we, artists, that will serve as your avant-garde.” (Rodrigues Olinde, 1825, ‘L’artiste, le savant et l’industriel ‘, quoted in Matei Calinescu Five Faces of Modernity: Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism) In this essay … Continue reading

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Surprise criticism in the real world

One of my interests in my art practice is the use of the Internet as a forum for art engagement. I use Instagram, Twitter and Facebook extensively for engagement with regular people in my art. I use it more than … Continue reading

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Why is the Wolverhampton School of Art in monochrome?

My current obsession is with all things black and white, turning things black and white, painting in black and white and taking photographs in black and white. I want to know more about black and white. I want to turn … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I didn’t write about last year’s Turner Prize

So, let’s just ignore 2016, and jump straight to this year: 2017. Before we jump, however, I will say that all I remember from 2016 is a pair of giant buttocks. I suspect that that magnificent image distracted me from … Continue reading

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A world devoid of colour is a rich one

I’ve recently been painting using just two tubes of paint: black and white. I want to see how painting without colour, and with just shades and light to manipulate, affects how I paint and affects how the viewer sees objects which … Continue reading

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Does InstaFaceTwit make everyone an artist?

Joseph Beuys famously declared on a number of occasions in the 1970s that ‘Every human being is an artist.’  I wonder what he would say in 2017? I think he’d say the same thing. Everyone is an artist. Oh yes … Continue reading

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My favourite tool isn’t a paintbrush, it’s my iPhone

Creativity comes to me in bursts. It acts just like the proverbial busses. I sometimes go for weeks without much of a creative thought or idea passing through my busy, anxious mind and then suddenly they all come to me … Continue reading

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