Catkins class visit to Chris Gilvan’s studio by Barnaby Sadler aged 5
It was awesome! There were a hundred and twenty two paintings! The house was white and everything inside was white , except the paintings. There were paintings on the walls and paintings on easels. He has got really big paintbrushes. I like the big easels. There were black paintings and coloured in paintings. Chris told us that artists do paintings on boards sometimes and in books and everywhere and he really likes painting! He did a painting at the station by my house and Ive got one of his pretty colourful ones with pink and yellow and it looks like fire and dinosaurs and it makes me feel happy.
‘WET AND DRY painting to the edges’ Observer Building Hastings2015 Curated by ABC projects
WET AND DRY is an exhibition of contemporary painters, whose works explore the fertile ground which our natural and man made boarders expose and reveal. The exhibition will showcase six artists: Matthew Burrows, Simon Burton, The Baron Gilvan, Gerard Hemsworth, Mario Rossi and Rose Wylie.
The works on display combine comedy, humour and storytelling; and an unusually broad range of subjects: Nature, myth, religion, history and the everyday, rub shoulders with images of the sea, birds, boats, dancing ladies, skulls, grass and stones. There is even a demon or two.
This exhibition is about painting towards the edges: the edges of paint, image and meaning. This is made all the more exciting by its location on the borders of land and sea; and firmly on the frontiers of regeneration, both physical and cultural.
A return to Central Bedfordshire College for The Baron to give a talk to Celeste Henney’s lovely students studying fine art, graphics and illustration. Topics covered What is The Baron?, What is the form of The Baron? Virtual Worlds and the unconscious psyche, Archetypes, patterns of behaviour and the collective neurosis, Automatic drawing techniques and collaborations.
The trombone was played to cleanse the space and I was back on the M1 heading home by 3pm.
Good day going round the art fair in Islington with artist Simon Burton , checking out his painting at John Martin Gallery looking strong. Also Matthew Burrows at Vigo Gallery next to Alan Reynolds stand out. Exquisite Pipers, Sutherlands and Maurice Cockrill with a great Bomberg portrait at the British Modern section. It always seems the smaller paintings/drawings tucked away that stand out for me at these fairs.