June 29th, 2010
8th Oberbaumbrücke Open Air Gallery
This Sunday, the fourth of July is the 8th Oberbaumbrücke Open Air Gallery in Berlin and for myself the third time I’ve participated with my artwork. My friend and colleague Micha Colory Krebs will also be at the festival also.
The faux medieval bridge over the River Spree that runs through the heart of Berlin, is closed off on Sunday to accommodate 100 artists and their artwork. The event always pulls large crowds usually totally about 20,000 for the day. With such large public attendance its reputation has been spreading far and wide.
I will heading down to the bridge early on Sunday to set up a stand. It takes a little while as everything has to be secured against the wind. I will be taking a couple of my studio easels so I can display more of my paintings.
I will be bringing my latest artworks, as well as a few older ones that are still to be found hanging on my studio walls and are in need of new homes.
The weather bureau is predicting hot and sunny weather, so it should make a great day out for visitors.
The event opens to the public at 10am and finishes at 10pm. So there’s ample time for you come by and visit me on the bridge.
September 23rd, 2009
View from Harzer Str of the former piano factory that was later to become Atelierhaus Mengerzeile. (1967, Landesbildstelle Berlin)
For the past year I’ve had my studio here in the Atelierhaus Mengerzeile. And the time has come again for our Tag der Offene Ateliers (open studio day).
So I’ll be here with my studio open for all and sundry to visit, so you can see what I’m up to and what new artwork is on my easels. Yes, multiple easels, five. After last month I finally have all of my London studio materials here in Berlin. Many thanks to Paul Barnett, Daniel Worth and Pierre Sievers for helping me out with unloading and carrying my things up to the fourth floor!
The studio is looking decidedly full at the moment with all of the boxes that I need to unpack, sort and then store. So there is a bit of preparation before the open studio day.
The photo I’ve included with this post is the Atelierhaus Mengerzeile in the Communist East German times, and is a view from the West to the East across the No-Man’s-Land where they were later to erect the wall. So there is a little history attached to the building. On display will also be a photo exhibition of the building and the wall during this time.
Hope you can make it to visit my studio.
Saturday 3rd of October 2009
3pm – 10pm
July 20th, 2009
A number of far flung people have requested photos of my Mengerzeile studio, being curious after some of the tales I’ve told. So here it is, a panorama shot of approximately 270°. You can see works in progress hanging on the walls, my easel and my collection of oils laid out, plus a bit of the view out of the windows, which I assure you can put on some stunning sunset displays. It can be very inspiring to work by.
270° view of my Mengerzeile Studio.
March 28th, 2008
All great adventures involve something not going to plan, and so it was on the very first day as I set out for the IFAA exhibition in Japan. After not sleeping for two days to complete all of my work and tasks before I departed to the other side of the globe, I found myself standing in a queue for two hours after my flight was cancelled due to strong crosswinds at the London City Airport. To complicate the situation further, I was meant to be meeting with Anja Brinkmann and Luigi La Speranza at the Frankfurt airport for our connecting flight to Japan. So it came to pass that they had to fly without me and I then came later via roundabout journey through various airports.
After long and uncomfortable flights I finally arrived at Kansai Airport some twelve hours after Luigi and Anja had been collected by Shoji Tanaka and Satoshi Sakamoto. I was very grateful that they both made the complicated journey back into Osaka to fetch me from the airport also. This was not an easy task given the chaotic network of roads that snake through Osaka and the navigation computer that was giving wrong directions.
Late that Saturday night I was finally united with Anja and Luigi. I was also finally united with a bed in which I could lie horizontal and sleep comfortably.
September 11th, 2007
Ok, so it's not so new, I've been here for four months now, but it still feels new to me. After being practically homeless for the past year since I left Berlin, I finally have settled down to paint again, in a run down old factory building in the east of London. I'm in good company here as there other creatives closeted away here. Look out for a new body of work, its also time for me to catch up on those unfinished canvases that I brought over from Berlin.
The work space has street access and is large enough that I intend to periodically use it as a gallery space.