Monday, February 19, 2018

GYM POETS LAUNCH

Tonight, 7- 8:30 pm at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, see this the right way round and hear the poems read by their poet, George Szirtes.

I'll be there too.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

BOXWORK BACKGROUND

The corner of my living room which inspired the setting of the new boxwork and the paintings actually hanging on the wall, mini-versions of which feature in the scene.


 The painting over the mantelpiece is Sonata for Apples and Chairs (2007) - I made a video showing its evolution, here it is.

 In case you're interested, a few other videos I've made are here on Vimeo.

And some are on Youtube.

Of the other two painting below, one is a self-portrait painted in Sao Paulo, Brazil aged 21.


The other one is titled Apples Reflected (2011).




Now all I need is a play or an animated film imagining what the angel/paper doll is saying, what the artist is thinking, and what the apple theme is about. Don't ask me, I haven't a clue.

ANGEL DISGUISED AS PAPER DOLL EXPLAINING THE ARTIST'S WORK

Angel Disguised As Paper Doll Explaining The Artist's Work is probably nearly arguably almost finished. Size: 51 x 41 x 9 cms (20 x 16.5 x 3.5 inches)

I can't seem to get a decent photo of it in any light. The colours are wrong, you can't see that the figure on the right is the same as the painting hanging behind her, you can't read the title written on the frame and so on.

My camera is an old ordinary Canon Power Shot and I think it's exhausted. Will try again when I can say that this boxwork is definitely finished. It's been over a year since I started it....oops,I've just checked ... I actually began building the box in September 2016! Here's the blog post about it.

How it began, 16 September 2016

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

GYM POETS GIG IN NORWICH

On Thursday I'm going to Norwich to join George Szirtes at the Book Hive for the launch of 30 Poets Go To The Gym, the Candlestick Press publication of his acrobatic poems.

I'll be signing copies alongside him since I'm the illustrator but as they're mostly tiny in the pamphlet, here are the celebrity keep-fitters as interpreted by yrs truly.








Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RECOGNITION

Recognition: the number one hunger? To be heard, to be seen, to be acknowledged. To be cliked by facebookers twitterers instagrammers in their dozens, hundreds, maybe more, or at least disliked in equally viral fashion. To prove that we are here, that we are who we are, that our story matters. That the thoughts we think, the words we write, the pictures we paint, the music and movies and moves we make, this little creature we call Me, this little selfie....oh!

Why are we so hungry to be seen? Look Ma, I'm dancing! Ma, I'm falling down! Ma, you're not looking! Is that it? All about childhood? Whether we were recognised too little or too much?

Re-cognition: I am recognised therefore I am. If not recognised I do not exist. True or false? Obviously false but so many believe it. The hunger always twinned with anxiety, the What If.........

Strangely enough, the more time goes by, the less anxious I become and the less hungry I feel. Maybe I should be hungrier.

Friday, January 26, 2018

HERMITAGE

The more absorbed I am in making art, the less time I feel like giving to facebook or the internet or verbal communication in general. Sometimes, often, I don't speak to anyone for days, not on the phone, nowhere, except maybe buying food or in a cafe, asking for an Americano with cold milk on the side and a pain au raisin.

 I suppose I have hermit-ish tendencies. Not that I want to avoid company or communication, not at all. It's just the way things are. I do talk a lot to myself, not aloud (not yet!) and that can be quite interesting, even informative.

The boxwork I'm absorbed in has a title now: Angel Disguised as Paper Doll Explaining the Artist's Work. Soon I'll post a photo of it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

SELF PROMOTION

These two works of mine from the 1960s will be on sale at the London Art Fair this week: 17th-21st January, on the England & Co Gallery's stand (No.34) at the Business Design Centre, Islington.

Ideas on Angel Underground  circa 1967  Oil & mixed media on board. 30 x 20 inches (76 x 51 cm)


Ramona  1966. Mixed media box construction. 18.5 x13.75 x 3.5 inches (47 x 35 x 9 cm) The words carved into wooden blocks are from the song 'Ramona' popular at the time.

Just in case you were wondering but too afraid to ask, my artwork is generally for sale. If you have never wondered about this may I suggest you start? Buying my artwork is a good thing to wonder about, unlike many other things which are not so good or so possible. I have been a fully functioning artist for all of my long life and therefore a great deal of work accumulates. Bearing in mind time's unfair rules I only have, what, ten/fifteen years max before I leave this planet and I think you, the collective You, should be seriously wondering about buying my work. It is totally worth it even if I say so myself (*) and I have a very discerning eye. Contact me privately if you want to visit, discuss prices etc.

(*) If you need other opinions besides mine, you can see some quotes on this page, as well as a partial list of public collections which acquired my work.


Apart from my website or visiting me to view available paintings, drawings or 3-dimensional work, here are two links where you can currently buy examples of my graphic work.

Pomegranate Fine Art:
https://www.printed-editions.com/more-art…

The Old Stile Press:
http://www.oldstilepress.com/osp_artist/natalie-darbeloff/

http://www.oldstilepress.com/osp_author/blaise-cendrars/