Patrick Jones, an international artist living in Devon has been painting all his life. He currently has an exhibition, No Pasaran, a Retrospective, at the gallery in Preston Street, Exeter. A recent illness has led to Patrick evaluating his life’s work, this exhibition invites us to share in this process.
In his student days, Patrick’s heroes were Matisse, Pollock and Miro and this was what led me to the exhibition. In 1997 he began the No Pasaran series of work, inspired by the Ken Loach film Land and freedom, and he says the work ‘makes visual his continuing preoccupation with human rights and democracy.
Here are some of the paintings.
I was able to have a brief char with Patrick, and he is a charming, self-effacing man. His work mainly made me happy, with the exception of one or two that I found darker.
If you’re in the area, No Pasaran (they shall not pass), continues until the 9th of April.
Scouts artwork wrecked by the storm.
Well I think so anyway.
Krista has found the sweetest little thing to repurpose, totally unique. I hope she stores it safely until next Christmas.
These two bracelets of mine are made from plastic carrier bags and bottles. I don’t know how they’re made, but wish I did, I’d have a try myself. I’ve seen plastics upcycled into many things but none as attractive as this.
You can join Krista and the Weekly Photo Challenge here.
Cheri at the Daily Post has chosen the theme of curves for this weeks photo challenge. I have a friend who likes straight lines in imagery, but I’ll always choose the curves and swirls we find in nature, in any design or art.
I took this first photo a few weeks ago at Coldharbour Mill, in east Devon. It was leaning against a wall at the back of a courtyard and I had to capture it.
Next, there’s a humpy hedge behind these curvy evergreens. Apparently when it was a baby hedge, there was a very harsh winter and it was weighed down by snow. The gardeners tried to repair it, but failed and knowing they’d lost the battle, they decided to allow it to grow it’s own curvy way.
A few weeks ago I posted a black and white version of some William Morris wallpaper,
There were several comments about the original colours, so here it is, colours, curves and even a well placed ceramic plate.
This weeks photo challenge has the theme of admiration, I have a tremendous admiration for those creative people centuries ago, who left us a legacy of treasure, in the UK and worldwide.
The embroidery around this four poster bed has graced the bed chamber for centuries, no daylight lamps or computerised sewing machines, just small hands and candlelight to work with. Click the link above to share whatever fills you with admiration!
Paula’s Black and White Sunday theme this week is ‘Rhapsody’, this is what she says about the meaning,
Defined primarily as
And this is my interpretation.
Paula has a weekly challenge where she invites us to post an image on a different them each week and I’m joining in for the first time. I’ve been lurking for a few weeks but this time I couldn’t resist as I love street art.
This is a bit different, subtle instead of bold, it’s subdued colours portray a time when Topsham was a busy fishing port.
Paula can be found here if you’d like to join in.