William Blake – Tate Britain
Cy Twombly Sculptures – Gagosian, London
Antony Gormley – Royal Academy of Arts, London
Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits – Royal Academy of Arts, London
Keith Haring Tate – Liverpool
PV Windows and Floorboards – Rose Wylie, 2014 – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
The Liver Building, Liverpool – Laurence Stephen Lowry, 1959, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Bridget Riley – Scottish National Gallery
Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage – Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art
Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Lady Lever Art Gallery – Port Sunlight Village, Wirral
Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – Tim Riley
Year Of The Monkey – Patti Smith
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead – Olga Tokarczuk
The Death Of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave
Basquiat A Graphic Novel – Paolo Parisi
After two recent trips to Liverpool I have become a little obsessed with The Beatles! Of course I have always liked them but now I hear them in a different way.
Compelling, mesmerising and inspiring I am still in awe at their brilliance and sit at their feet to absorb creativity! Sitting in Strawberry Field last month was one of those truly profound moments in life.
The Beatles (white album) – The Beatles
Let It Be – The Beatles
Abbey Road – The Beatles
Approximately Infinite Universe – Yoko Ono
Milk And Honey – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Imagine – John Lennon
Crocodiles – Echo & the Bunnymen
Wings Of Desire Soundtrack
Free & Zombie Birdhouse – Iggy Pop
Power To The People And The Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits – Public Enemy
Supper – Smog
Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
Joker – Todd Phillips
Distant Voices Still Lives – Terence Davies
Werckmeister Harmonies – Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
As Good As It Gets – James L. Brooks
Ad Astra – James Gray
The Frankenstein Chronicles – Sean Bean
Children Of Heaven – Majid Majidi
I Am Ali – Clare Lewins
Nebraska – Alexander Payne
The Pen Factory, The Art Bar, The Grapes and Baltic Fleet, Liverpool
Double Fantasy, John & Yoko – Museum Of Liverpool
Patti Smith – Kelvin Grove Bandstand
Linda McCartney Retrospective – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health exhibition – Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
BBC Radio 4 – Desert Island Discs, Wendell Pierce
Topping and Company Booksellers, Edinburgh
“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...” – John Lennon
“Nothing is real” – John Lennon
“No one I think is in my tree” – John Lennon
"Art has always been to me a stimulating influence; it has always taught me without upbraiding me; elevated me without humbling me; and appealed to me because of the fact that only the best and truest in art survives... Art can be to everyone an inspiration. It is within the reach of all of us..." – Lever at the opening of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, 16 December 1922
I recently designed another A3 poster for the Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh in October.
Out of Sight Out of Mind is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival year-round programme and features digital artwork, installations, films, projections, animations, sculptures, photography, paintings and drawings from people who have personal experience of mental health issues.
This year’s theme is ‘connected’.
“But I had a vision of unearthly beauty, and that is why I was able to live at all. Liverpool is the “pool of life.” – Carl Jung Memories, Dreams and Reflections
I made a trip to Liverpool last week primarily to see the Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool. However, I found the city to be astonishing and to be honest it kind of eclipsed the Haring exhibition, as good as that show was for me.
Anyway, the Haring exhibition is the first major UK exhibition of the artist and activist and displays 85 artworks in all their impactful glory.
I really love that New York art scene of the 1980s and was fortunate enough to visit in 1980 (I’ve often wondered if I inadvertently saw any original SAMO © graffiti!). Haring was an evangelist of his generation’s counterculture and was inspired by graffiti, pop art and the underground club culture. He also worked with like-minded artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat and designed a record cover for David Bowie so all the boxes are ticked for me!
His work responded to the urgent issues of the era including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment. Sad to say that the beat goes on however, I found the work to be beautiful, moving, humorous, angry, playful and profound. It still resonates and has a bold energy. He was a beautiful soul . . .
I also visited the Walker Art Gallery: one of the finest art galleries in Europe, and home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.
The gallery is absolutely brilliant and I was delighted to find PV Windows and Floorboards by Rose Wylie (I really love Wylie’s work) and The Liver Building, Liverpool by L S Lowry (a true original) amongst many more known and unknown finds.
The exhibition that absolutely captivated me was Double Fantasy John & Yoko at the Museum of Liverpool. I visited this 4 times in 4 days! I can’t add anything to the mountain of words written about these two fascinating people except to say that the effect it had on me was profound; I was intensely moved and uplifted. Here is a link to the exhibition. The first photograph above is my wish on the wish trees.
Finally, the architecture (especially the 2 Cathedrals), the energy, culture and history of the city are amazing. I hope this new stimulus creeps into my work in some way as I remember and then drop my bucket into the “pool of life”.