Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Let's begin at the beginning

Or, more specifically, the Devonian era.  These little guys are, of course, trilobites.

Dicranurus monstrosus and Greenops widderensis

Phacops rana

I had a lot of fun building the trilobites, and they’re a good way to begin my blog/virtual exhibition because they are fairly typical of the kind of stuff I like to make.  They’re made of paper mache, with a few coats of appropriate coloured paint and varnish to give them a nice texture.

Most of us have used paper mache to make masks or something similar at school, but I haven’t seen too many adult artists around doing anything with the technique and I think that’s a shame.  It’s cheap, uses readily available materials, and it’s incredibly versatile.  What’s not to like?

Coming soon

Hi there.

Nice to see you here; thanks for reading. I’m going to use this blog mainly as a virtual art exhibition to showcase my sculptures. The joy of an online exhibition is that anyone can see it, no matter where they are or what they’re doing. The drawback, of course, is that you can’t touch the exhibits, but most physical venues won’t let you do that either.

I’m a surrealist. Much of my inspiration comes from artists like Dali, H.R. Giger, Hieronymous Bosch, Gustav Klimt and Philip Clairmont. Basically, I’m fascinated by anything that begins from a foundation of something recognisable and mundane, but which has something slightly “off” about it. Exploration always begins from a familiar starting point.

As time permits, I’ll be posting photos and talking about what I’m up to. I hope you enjoy it.