Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cornwall Contemporary

My exhibition in Penzance is half way through now, so pop along over the next week and a half if you want to see it. Sarah at the gallery always gives a friendly welcome ,not like some galleries I've been in where the staff look a bit stern.Its been an unusual show so far in that two paintings have been especially popular; one of them is the St Ives to the mount which I could have sold six times by now ! Amazing really. The show is up on the Culture label website -
Here are a few more paintings from the show..

Funfair, Marazion

Towards Penzance

Mounts bay

Harbour with lighthouse

St Ives to the mount

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cornwall Today ad

My friend Sean emailed me this newspaper cutting yesterday, saying 'is that you on the cover Al ?' . That is one of mine, but unfortunately I'm not on the cover , but on the ad for the arts section. Cornwall Today never have paintings on their covers - but why not ? I think this would look good, although I am a little biased. The painting is called 'surfer and hut, low sun' from my show last year at Cornwall Contemporary , and proceeds went to Surfers against Sewage.

And talking of covers - one of my paintings did make it to the cover of Inside Cornwall magazine in 2006. The painting was of a small bay on the Roseland. They did well to fit all the text in an already quite busy composition.

Monday, 12 September 2011

new exhibition catalogue

I have just recieved my new solo show catalogue ,'St Ives to Mounts Bay' at the Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance. The show runs from 19th sept - 10 oct, with the private view on sunday 12 till 2. More details at .
I thought this might be a nice opportunity to show all my solo catalogues since my first one in 2000. To me these represent 12 years hard work and around 350 paintings (!) ,most of which I am unlikely to see again.So these catalogues are a good record of what I've produced over the years.




2008 Great Atlantic gallery Falmouth

2007 Great Atlantic gallery Falmouth

2006 Great Atlantic gallery Falmouth

2005 Great Atlantic gallery, St Just in Penwith

2004 ,Great Atlantic Mapworks gallery, St Just

2003 Great Atlantic Mapworks gallery


2001 ,Great Atlantic Mapworks gallery.


2000 Brian Sinfield , Burford, Cotswolds.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Aerial views

St Ives to the Mount

I have been painting some aerial views over the last few months for my next show in Penzance. I've been interested in land viewed from the air for many years but have only touched on it briefly in my painting up until now. Next year I hope to do a collaboration with Neil Pinkett of aerial views of Cornwall and London. Two of my favourite painters - Peter Lanyon and Richard Diebenkorn have strong allusions to aerial viewed landscapes in their work - even though Diebenkorn called his Alberquerque and Berkley paintings abstract , not landscape ; and Lanyon's paintings were from his experiences in a glider, and to me are more about the exhilaration of flying.
Some of my paintings reference local places and landmarks, and some , such as the 'harbour aerial view' series on paper are basically abstract paintings with allusions to aerial views.

Above Marazion

Harbour aerial view 1

and 2

These photos were taken last may when Neil Pinkett kindly invited me to share a helicopter trip over London with him, to get some real experience of flying low over the Thames and to get reference material for the show next year. Neil has already produced some aerial views over the Thames for his 'Bridge' show at Cornwall Contemporary

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

a young talent

My four year old daughter has a very hands on approach to art. After getting all slimy from playing with the mackeral - which she wants to keep as a 'pet' , she decided she had to do a life drawing. A pretty good effort I thought.