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Life’s Lessons

March 20, 2013

In 1987 I had my first joint exhibition at the Duncalfe galleries in Harrogate, it “was called seven young masters” and opened by Brian Sewell (an art critic). Now Brian was quite taken  with my work and made an eloquent speech about it which resulted in a virtual sell out of my bronzes including two pieces to the esteemed critic himself. It was like a dream had come true, I kept in touch with Mr Sewell and he advised me to make some horse head studies which I did. I was an impressionable youth back then and most impressed with the establishment elite, though I was soon to learn some rather harsh life lessons. So I made all these studies but on seeing them Brian just dismissed them out of hand, I found him to be a curiously vain figure and was amazed by his ego in fact all  critics seem to have bigger ego’s than the artists these days (in the oh so curious world of art). Anyway in short I was then introduced to Galleries in the west end of London and there I learned more harsh life lessons which I guess led me to explore a more solitary approach to art because I didn’t want to get involved in any of the pretencious bullshit. I was invited to show work at the mall galleries by the same critic only to have it turned away, even back then I could be unpredictable with my work and doves as symbols of war was too much. The previous year I had exhibited at the Mall galleries and attended the private view and as the government arts minister started his speech I stumbled with a glass of red wine tipping it over a white marble sculpture which had to be removed from the exhibition. Any way here are the horse heads made in 1988 which have lived in a plastic box for a long long time.

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looking at picasso

Life as an artist is a most peculiar existence and the great rewards  come at a price, though on a day like today when everything feels oh so fine and dandy, you wouldn’t want to do anything else. I wonder if I’ll feel so mellow tomorrow 🙂

independent artistStill after all these years 🙂

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