Articles, artists & anything else inspiring my current work…


 

Frank Bowling

The Frank Bowling exhibition at Tate Britain was utterly gorgeous. I totally lost myself in the epic landscapes, the colours, depth and richness of the maps... It was also a pretty well-timed reminder for me of the importance of Play in creativity. And Space!

 
The possibilities of paint are never ending...
— Frank Bowling
 

On urbanisation:

The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. This lecture by cultural geographer David Harvey clearly outlines some of the major tensions and challenges facing those of us occupying and developing urban environments today, which as a street artist I found particularly thought-provoking. (recorded 2016).

 
The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.
— David Harvey
 
 
 
 

Hope is contagious

These two women are so inspirational. Take a read of their fantastic Guardian interview here.

 
Hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions. Hope is something you have to manifest into the world, and once one person has hope, it can be contagious.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
 
 
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Pierre Bonnard, ‘The Colour of Memory’

A stunning exhibition at Tate Modern of Pierre Bonnard’s finest works. Particularly struck by his use of colour (obviously!) and composition.

 
I am just beginning to understand what it is to paint. A painter should have two lives, one in which to learn, and one in which to practice his art.
— Pierre Bonnard
 
 

Lee Krasner

Recently introduced to Lee Krasner, the bold, brash, pioneering woman of abstract expressionism. The major retrospective at the Barbican demonstrated that she was WAY more than just Mrs Pollock; I loved the force and dynamism in her work (and words), particularly the collages.

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