Group portrait of The Merchant Company of the City of Edinburgh, 2014. Huge thank you to the Master of the Company, Ian Watson who commissioned this painting and gave such a generous speech 2 nights ago at the unveiling. And to Imogen Gibbon, chief curator and deputy director of the Scottish National portrait gallery. And to Gregor Murray who has been so supportive, and to Kathleen, Graham and Dru…
Last Saturday we had a small party / show, partly to show off the monster group portrait Ive been working on and partly because my sisters insisted i do something about my 60th. Have another few weeks working on the group portrait before its delivered to Scotland but changes will be v minor and subtle from now on.
Here are a few images from a theme I’ve been playing with, – Art on art….referencing a visit to a San-Franscisco Gallery. The painting is by Marie-Anne Carolus-Duran of her daughter.
Not really a segway – but liked an artist statement I came across recently:
“Note to self… maybe it’s so hard to make a statement because you know you have nothing to say. It’s all just indulgence with color and materials. I bet that’s the only reason the cave man spattered his hand print on a wall 20,000 years ago. Anything more than that is just word play to make it sound more important, a solid investment in some bullshit theory that’ll make it more salable……”