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I am making a new body of art works exploring the poetic of public protest and riots. They are to be shown firstly at Galleria Gallerati in July.  Each painting and drawing focuses particular sites or sweeps in time – for instance as a art student attending Brighton Polytechnic in the late 1980’s I participated in many protest marches, part of my memory of this time is about the feeling of the power of collective action and accompanying exhilaration that could potentially lead to some change, or the very question of the march being a moment or thing or even nothing in itself. The art works to be shown in Galleria Gallerati are partly inspired from photographs of seafront riots of mods and rockers in Brighton UK in 1964.

The intention of this art is a kind of re-history and poetic into moments in relatively recent time that reveal high-stress, drama and within that drama or confrontation potential turning points; manifesting in this body of artworks as urban public protests and riots. As Foucault says … “the moment of erosion, collapse, questioning or problematisation of the very assumptions of the setting within which a drama may take place – occasioning the chance or possibility of another setting”.

Here are some drawings, ink on vellum, these are inspired from Birmingham and Brighton riots. These works do operate as studies for the paintings but also as themselves, exhibited in grids.


I will be sending my paintings off to Nettuno, in the provence of Rome in the next few weeks in a crate. I am sending two large works, ‘Democratic Grid’ and ‘White Rage’ and four small pieces (some of the work I showed in Bryant Priest Newman) as well as some specially made drawings. All the paintings are squares, one reason for this is because of them going to a castle, with draw-bridge – Forte Sangello. There is a picture of the castle – on a beach in a earlier Rome post.

When I viewed my paintings in the Biennial of Contemporary Art earlier in the year I had one of those moments of ‘wow, my work makes sense here’. I’m sure this was to do with the light, the brightness and the being on a edge of a country, the venue being sited on a sandy beach. I lived in Brighton, UK for seventeen years, I did my first degree here in painting, for a time I lived on the sea front – I was always walking along the under cliff walk. At that time I learnt all about space and light and  how it might relate to painting – sometimes I feel that the chalk light quality that kind of under-pins my work is still infused with those huge white cliffs and how the light bounces off the sea onto the cliffs or is it the other way round. Anyway viewing my paintings placed opposite the sea in Nettuno gave me a bit of a double take, especially with the blue lines almost the same colour as sky or sea.

Looking forward to going out! The dates of the exhibition are 6 November to 15 November. Below is a picture of Brighton under cliff walk.

brighton cliff