Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Abstract shapes II - SOLD

This is collage material - texturing medium and various paints on wood board
Set in a renovated boxed frame behind glass 18.5" x 15" x 2"


Monday, 22 September 2014

On the wall at the moment

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Easington Beach II - Collage


Friday, 19 September 2014

Pasmore Moons - abstract collage - SOLD

Pasmore Moons

Collage material - texturing medium on woodboard finished with various paints using dry brush method.
Framed size 23" x 17" x 2"


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Easington Beach II - abstract collage - SOLD

Easington Beach II
Collage - texture medium - woodboard - finished with various paints
Set in a boxed frame behind glass 30" x 18" x 2"

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Jean Arp

Jean Arp was born Hans Arp on September 16, 1886, in Strassburg. In 1904, after leaving the Ecole des Arts et Métiers, Strasbourg, he visited Paris and published his poetry for the first time. From 1905 to 1907, Arp studied at the Kunstschule, Weimar, and in 1908 went to Paris, where he attended the Académie Julian. In 1909, he moved to Switzerland and in 1911 was a founder of the Moderner Bund group there. The following year, he met Robert and Sonia Delaunay in Paris and Vasily Kandinsky in Munich. Arp participated in the Erste deutsche Herbstsalon in 1913 at the gallery Der Sturm, Berlin. After returning to Paris in 1914, he became acquainted with Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Amadeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. In 1915, he moved to Zurich, where he executed collages and tapestries, often in collaboration with his future wife Sophie Taeuber (who became known as Sophie Taeuber-Arp after they married in 1922).

In 1916, Hugo Ball opened the Cabaret Voltaire, which was to become the center of DADA activities in Zurich for a group that included Arp, Marcel Janco, Tristan Tzara, and others. Arp continued his involvement with Dada after moving to Cologne in 1919. In 1922, he participated in the Kongress der Konstruktivisten in Weimar and the Exposition Internationale Dada at Galerie Montaigne in Paris. Soon thereafter, he began contributing to magazines such as Merz, Mécano, De Stijl, and later to La Révolution surréaliste. Arp’s work appeared in the first exhibition of the Surrealist group at the Galerie Pierre, Paris, in 1925. In 1926, he settled in Meudon, France.

In 1931, Arp was associated with the Paris-based group Abstraction-Création and the periodical Transition. Throughout the 1930s and until the end of his life, he continued to write and publish poetry and essays. In 1942, he fled Meudon for Zurich; he was to make Meudon his primary residence again in 1946.

The artist visited New York in 1949 on the occasion of his solo show at Curt Valentin’s Buchholz Gallery. In 1950, he was invited to execute a relief for the Harvard Graduate Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1954, Arp received the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale. A retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1958, followed by another at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1962. Arp died June 7, 1966, in Basel.

'Arp Forms'
Richard Witham


Friday, 5 September 2014

Jackson Pollock - Do not try this at home !! - SOLD

Gael my Wife, inspired by Dr James Fox's BBC Four 'Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds' series which  featured New York and the influence of Jackson Pollock, dared me to try one.

Although my attempt is only 23" x 17" in size I will advise you of three things - One - it is not as easy as just dripping and flicking paint onto a surface - Pollock's work was genuinely extraordinary! Two - Please do not underestimate the mess you will generate in trying even a canvas of this size - I did and Gael was not overly pleased with it! - Three - being no Rankin, photographing it is a nightmare!

So here it is - Richard Witham - 'Pollock Experiment One'

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Poole Marina Assemblage

Made from wood collected at both Chesil Beach and the Poole Foreshore after the storms earlier this year - this assemblage reflects the colours and shapes observed at Poole Marina.
Very much in the style of Margaret Mellis [click below to view an earlier feature of her work]

The piece measures 27" x 17" x 3"
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Harvest Moon

This piece was created with wood and greyboard undercoated with texture medium then finished with various paints - it is set in a renovated wood frame behind glass that is finished in chalky white paint and measures 21" x 18" x 2.5"

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