Thursday, 18 December 2008

Hornsey Gallery Reception Party

Many thanks to everyone who showed up for the author/illustrator event and exhibition reception party for the Children's Illustrators show at Hornsey Gallery on the 16th, it was a very busy day and a great success. During the day the Wood Green bookshop sold books from local authors as well as the exhibiting illustrators, though as all my work is published outside the UK at the moment I had nothing to sell except limited edition prints. In the evening the reception event drew publishers, authors, illustrators and at least one agent as well as members of the general public.

I was pretty busy so I don't have any photographs to show yet, but there were two photographers from the local press present so there may be some snapshots available later. The show runs until the beginning of January, I won't be in the gallery again until it's closure, but I'll try to take some snapshots then.

If anyone is able to get to Crouch End do drop in, the gallery is upstairs of Hornsey Library.

My greatest thanks to the organizers Elena Pippou and Sean Edwards for all their hard work, and to fellow exhibitors Ros Asquith, Tanya Linch, Sian Pattenden and Jane Ray.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

I am not an Artist

I am not an artist.
Or maybe I am, I don't know, it's not my position to judge.

Art is after all in the eye of the beholder. i.e. the general public, the viewer, not the creator.

It's the bane of the creator that we are too closely involved in our own work to accurately judge whether our work can be called Art. Of course we have a biased opinion, I think everything I do is significant or I wouldn't do it, but I also detest everything I've created as I know I could have done it better, had I been more in control of my faculties, had my vision not been clouded by the mundane things in life, or the limitations of media, or my lack of technique or skill. Whatever I draw, it's usually a percentage of what I aim at - 70%, 80%, occasionally 90%, but rarely the jackpot 100.

But on the other hand I can look back at some pieces and see subconscious threads appearing that I hadn't been aware of when I began the piece. Sometimes I'm bemused how I managed to draw some illustrations. Pictures evolve as you create them, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally, sometimes pictures reach a level you hadn't considered at first. Those are the good times, when you seem to be in partnership with your hand rather than controlling it completely, when intuition takes over.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Group Show in Crouch End, London

Throughout December I'm participating in a group exhibition with my old friend Jane Ray and three other illustrators. If anyone's in the area do have a look. I'll be at the reception party on the 16th, come along if you can make it!

Exhibition of Children's Book Illustrations

With works by Ros Asquith, Tanya Linch, Sian Pattenden, Jane Ray and John Shelley

The show runs 3rd December 2008 to 4th January 2009
open 1pm to 7pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4pm

Reception Party (all welcome)
16th December, 7 to 9 pm

@ The Original Gallery
2F Hornsey Library
Haringey Park
London N8 9JA

For information call Elena Pippou on 07967 336 128