Cadmium Thread: Local to Global Paintings 2011-2021
Corsham Court Campus of Bath Spa University
“Cadmium Thread” is one of several Paris paintings 2019-21, a major element of the exhibition. From the People Gallery, these will also include “Allez Les Bleu,” “Attendant,” “Beaubourg Break,” “Inventory,” “Métro,” “Sully 936,” “Reflections,” “Rue de Bellechasse” and “Smile.”
Such paintings depict aspects of my experience of living in the city. Art galleries are of particular interest to me, and I’ve tried out different styles to reflect the art and people I witness. But I observe people in other places, too, for instance on the métro. There will also be some People paintings from other parts of the world, such as “Science Lesson, Kitale.”
From the Places Gallery, the exhibition paintings will include “Eurostar,” “Lockdown,” “RER,” “Trocadero Rain” and “A View from Sacré Coeur.” The emphasis in these paintings is primarily on setting, with people only evident from a distance if at all.
From the Portraits Gallery, I’ll be including one set in Paris, of novelist Samantha Harvey. Sam told me that Sainte-Chapelle was her “favourite place in the world,” so I’ve had her materialise there. I like to reflect something personal to the individual when painting a portrait.
The exhibition will include portraits of several other writers and musicians, including Clarence Clemons, Maggie Gee, Geoff Hadley, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Bruce Springsteen, William Styron and Fay Weldon. Portraiture is challenging and rewarding enough anyway, but takes on another dimension when the subject is a celebrity. You can view these, too, in the Portraits Gallery.