Archive | October 2011

‘Uncertain Futures: Larder’ – Suzanne Hobbs

Uncertain Futures: Larder’ is a very emotive and stark construction that is oppressive and fills you with a sense of bleakness. It is without doubt the rightful winner of the 2011 prize.

Suzanne Hobbs

“The installation I have created for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 is part of a body of work entitled Uncertain Futures. My work is inspired by years working on an organic farm in North Devon and recognizing the earths fragile nature. Climate change; food scarcity; conflict over resources, have become international news staples, yet in our consumer society, the importance of our environment to our own survival appears forgotten.” Read more

“Suzanne’s monumental sculpture was chosen for its fantastic interaction with the landscape, providing viewers with a very exciting experience. The piece was beautifully executed with a social awareness angle, tying in with the enclosed trapped emotion of the time we live in. We’re delighted with the outcome, Suzanne put great thought and effort into her piece and is truly deserving of the 2011 title. Many thanks to our sponsors and judges for their support in making this possible.” — Rinus van de Sande

The sculpture that captured visitors attention the most this year and winner of the ‘Public Speaks’ title is Endless Curve by Wenqin Chen, also awarded a ‘Special Commendation’ by the judges for creating an uplifting, open, positive, healing, well executed sculpture that has the right spirit and powerful inspiration in a difficult time.

The Broomhill Art and Sculpture Foundation launched the ‘Broomhill National Sculpture Prize’ with an annual prize fund of £15,000 in 2009 to provide an exciting challenge for new and emerging UK based sculptors.Other articles:

Gerhard Richter – Tate Modern, London

Since the 1960s, Gerhard Richter has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting.

I’m looking forward to going to this exhibition.

His career has been defined by versatility and innovation, his work covers virtually every painterly discipline and art methodology; his work can be figurative, abstract and even conceptual. Richter once declared that: “I use different styles like clothes: it’s a way to disguise myself.”
Examples of his work include, 4900 Colours from 2007, which consisted of bright squares that are randomly arranged in a grid pattern to create a kaleidoscopic of colour. It was created around the same time he designed the south transept window of Cologne Cathedral.

Mail Art my CV (?)

Mail-Artist since:
My Website:
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:

Was involved in the cassette / music side of mailart in the 1980’s /90’s. The whole idea of a network of artists connected by the postal system appealed to me and was an antidote to the stranglehold the ‘Art / Music’ establishment had over my creativity.

I have always considered mailart to be one of the major unsung heroes of Art History and every effort should be made to raise its profile.

Here are a few network related things I have done this millennium.

From profile page on: International Union of Mail-Artists – IUOMA

Postcard originally used in 1999 as a promo

Here is another recycled postcard of my grandparents originally used in 1999 as a promo for


Sam Bright, was what you would call a real character. He couldn’t wait for the moment to tell a story or crack a joke. A soldier, a coalminer, a chef at Blackpool Casino, a fish and chip shop owner, a shopkeeper, a pallbearer, these were a few of his careers.

During the First World War he found himself as a cook, responsible for the well being of his comrades. The meagre rations that the army supplied needed supplementing by scavenging. Often he went on ‘raiding parties’, sneaking into French farms, pilfering this and that. He once found himself in a Frenchman’s dovecote. This was nearly his final mission. The farmer gave chase and then levelled his loaded rifle at him. He wasn’t really proud of his thieving but as he explained, it was war and his mates were hungry. One of his most poignant tales was about a march to the ‘front’. In the hedgerow Sam spotted a ham bone which had a bit of meat left on it. They got to the frontline and as the history books tell us conditions were appalling and the rations were low. Sam remembered the ham bone, and on the march back retrieved it from the hedge to use in the next stew.

Trench warfare lost him many friends and the sight of an eye. He spotted a German sniper who unfortunately spotted him. He was wounded and his commanding officer suggested that he remained at his post to give his comrades a better chance to fallback, promising his family a medal for his sacrifice. I’m not sure what he said but he was invalided out of service and was treated at Guys Hospital in London, where they patched him up and cosmetically made a fine job. Apparently this damaged eye was assisted by a rabbit’s nerve.(?)

When Mary was in her teens she was aprenticed to a chemist in Sheffield, travelling by train every day from her home.

She was the woman behind the scenes in their grocer’s shop, where they were famous for their home made ‘ice lollies‘. People still remember them for their delicious treats, which they made from ‘Tizer‘ and other bottles of ‘pop’.

She was a ‘Spiritulist’ by conviction, with local business men and tradesmen alike knocking on her door for advice and guidance, and her ‘messages’ influenced deals and life changes all around her. The respect she had was far larger than her diminutive size.

Whatever Happened to the Space Age?

Whatever Happened to the Space Age


Original painting by Peter Bright.
Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.
Size: 500mm x 400mm
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Postcard recycled

Here is another recycled postcard that was originally a promo for ‘Cassette Culture

A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope.

In some countries, it is possible to send them for a lower price than for a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards (which require a stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them). While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority.

The United States Postal Service defines a postcard as: rectangular, at least 31?2 inches (88.9 mm) high × 5 inches (127 mm) long × 0.007 inches (0.178 mm) thick and no more than 41?4 inches (108 mm) high × 6 inches (152.4 mm) long × 0.016 inches (0.406 mm) thick.[2] However, some postcards have deviated from this (for example, shaped postcards).

The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology.

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I am so lazy

Duchamp: I would have wanted to work, but deep down I’m enormously lazy. I like living, breathing, better than working. I don’t think that the work I’ve done can have any social importance whatsoever in the future. Therefore if you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It is a sort of constant euphoria.

This Window: I would have wanted to work, but deep down I’m enormously lazy. I like living, breathing, better than working. I don’t think that the work I’ve done can have any social importance whatsoever in the future. Therefore if you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It is a sort of constant futility.

This is futility in audio form.

One day exhibition

I decided to have an impromptu exhibition – it is so impromptu the people who are coming to visit don’t even know it is an exhibition.

As an artist (well sort of) it is easier to encourage people to look, touch even buy your works of art in a gallery. High Street shopping and gallery purchases are a sensual experience, so how does this work on the Internet?

We are all constantly searching for the next must have object – we read reviews,  visit galleries, go shopping and are sometimes captured by cynical marketing. When friends, neighbors and family show off their latest lifestyle purchase, frantic impulse buying (online) begins – we want the lifestyle but we want it cheaper.

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La Belle et La Bête – £605.34

La Belle et La Bête – £605.34

Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.
Size: 1208mm x 802mm – Supplied in the original black studio frame.


  • The act of being creative is a love hate thing – The Beauty and The Beast someone fetch a priest  (ref. David Bowie)

    Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale. The first published version of the fairy tale was a rendition by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740. The best-known written version was an abridgement of her work published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves; an English translation appeared in 1757. The tale has perhaps been made most recently famous by the retelling in the 1991 Disney film.In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. liberated 12:47, April 7, 2011, from:

Another Technorati Article

Well here we are and there is a great spread out in front of us – there is: roast chicken (my favorite) two iPhones, carrots and peas, a Samsung Galaxy, potatoes, gravy and an iPod Touch (not forgetting a bowl of salad). I have been looking forward to this all day. I only managed to grab a small sandwich for lunch while I slaving over my iMac.

The best thing about my iPhone is my WordPress app. The WordPress app allows you to update several blogs from one device, moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages and add images or videos more easily. The best feature is the ability to add a photo quickly to your posts. This was more difficult to do with the earlier versions of the app.

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When is self promotion spam?

“Come and see my new products on my new website! 😉
You know as soon as that pops up in front of you on your screen the prospect of having a tooth removed without pain relief is more tempting. This constant relentless blitzkrieg of drivel makes me want to surrender. Quite frankly if your modus operandi is purely to get noticed, because you think  you are interesting, you need to get a life! Put some of your energy into saving the planet (or a Panda) and not just your ego. Better still get out there and make real friends and become interesting.

This constant bombardment of self promotion from twitter, facebook etc. is driving me nuts. The Internet is a more sophisticated tool than this. It is a travesty to allow it to become a vehicle for pure unadulterated, egotistical spam.

Media: Original Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.
Size: 500mm x 400mm Painting on deep box canvas. £47.08 ($70). Shipping Free.
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