Saturday, April 26, 2014

Painting The Louvre

'Pavillon de Flore' 9½x4½" oil on panel
On a recent visit to my parents' in Oxford I found this old painting that I made when I was 18 or 19 (I think just 19).

It was done on the spot in Paris on a trip that I made with my friend the painter Donald Short. I remember that while we were painting we were both swarmed by hordes of Japanese tourists. It is pretty small as it had to be transportable as were carting around quite a bit of painting equipment between us.

It was a trip that we financed by painting a double-decker bus as a playbus for ASDA supermarkets. The stay in Paris was unbelievably cheap, we stayed in a brothel (which is another story) and kept on being stopped by the police... well we were slightly "dodgy" looking art students after all.

The painting is of the Pavillon de Flore (a section of the Palais du Louvre, built in 1607) and the Pont Royal. During the French Revolution this pavilion, which is really an extension of the Grande Gallerie, was the home of the infamous Committee of Public Safety.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pulp Charity - Ancient Horror on Granville

'Ancient Horror on Granville' 10"x8" Acrylic on panel
This was a paid commission for a future auction that the well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Brand will hold later this year to raise funds for his charities in Vancouver.

The theme, initiated by the local Vancouver artist Andrew Young, was "Pulp" (in any way that I saw fit)... so I painted a "mash-up" of 1940's gangsters and a Babylonian demon, Pazuzu the demon from 'The Exorcist', all set in the neon-lit night-scape of Vancouver's Granville Street. As one does.

It is a tiny black and white illustrative painting, both things that I don't normally do. I however enjoyed painting this piece even though it is far outside what I normally do.