Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Aphrodite's Island - the poster

Just a bit of publicity to advertise the next exhibition.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Preparing for "Aphrodite's Island"

That is the name I've finally settled on for my upcoming exhibition at the LUDUS Centre in Lancaster.

LUDUS is primarily a dance studio but has a small art gallery in its foyer which supports local artists by giving a slot each month. I have been allocated a slot to run from Jan 5 2009 to the beginning of March.

Aphrodite's Island is, of course, Cyprus so half the exhibition will show pictures of the Mediterranean Sea around Cyprus and the rest of it will display images of mythological figures including Aphrodite, Artemis and Hermaphrodite.

The accompanying picture here is "Gynaeia", a portrait of a Grecian girl taken from a statue of the Hellenic period circa 500 - 300 BC.

I have had to stop work on the Caryatids for the time being while I get this exhibition mounted.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Four Caryatids

This is an ink sketch of the proposed layout of the four figures. They are drawn here at 12 inches tall each. As it is intended for the finished work to be four panels each four feet tall by 14 inches wide it will finish up quite a sizeable piece of work, probably around six feet or so wide. I will probably do it in monochrome but haven't made my mind up yet.

Friday, December 19, 2008

In Studio

As well as the Orestian six-part trilogy(!) There is planned as part of this particular body of work, some figures from the Ερέχθειον adjacent to the Πάρθευου in Athens. There are the Caryatids, - female figures acting as columns to support the building. The original Karyatides, - Καρυατίδης, - were dancing maidens in the temple of Artemis in the Peloponnese in mainland Greece. They danced with baskets of plants on their heads and were known as Karyatidae. The sculptural caryatid developed from this. A caryatid is a figure carved as part of a pillar. Some of the more modern examples, e.g. Modigliani and Rodin depict muscular male figures supporting some structure with their arms.
Here on one wall of my studio are two studies of the figures. I originally intended them to finish up as life size paintings six feet tall. The examples shown here are four feet tall.
I did make one at six feet tall to see how it would look. It is a bit too monumental in scale. O.K. if I had a big gallery lined up for it, but I haven't. Considering I intend to do four of these figures to make up a polyptych, even at four feet it will be a fairly large piece of work. At six feet it would be enormous.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

More on the Orestian Trilogy

This is a computer generated mock-up of how the finished trilogy will look when mounted in a gallery. Before some of the more sharp-eyed of you make comments, yes there are six pictures and yes a trilogy is a three part.... story.
I have made six components of the trilogy as two triptychs. On the left are the three characters that make what the three parts of the trilogy is about, namely, Agamemnon, Electra and Orestes. The right hand triptych has the three protagonists, if that's the right word, Cassandra, Aegisthos and Clytemnestra.
The images shown here are only 12 inches tall, The plan is to have them life-sized at six feet tall. That is going to need a lot of wood for stretchers and canvas to say nothing of the amount of paint used. So that stage will have to wait until I have a little bit more of the necessary wherewithall. Meanwhile I can carry on developing the project and the ideas. You can see more of this on my other blog, The Draughtsman.

I have two exhibitions coming up in the new year whioch is taking up a fair chunk of my time and money. I have a one man show "Mediterranean" at the LUDUS Gallery in Lancaster and the other is a studio collaborative show at the Edge Gallery, also in Lancaster.

"Mediterranean" will focus on my work in Cyprus. The Edge is showing landscape/seacape work by the artists of Luneside Studios.