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Painting crows

What remains after a visit to the homeland? How to weave these skeins of memory, recent and past, into the work. I am left with a sense of the animation in the Karoo, our last stop before we were bulleted … Continue reading

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Late night maneuvering for Open Studio 2013

Photograph: Ya2eed Kamaldien http://yazkam.wordpress.com/ What is it about the prospect of an open studio that pulls me back into the paint, has me reworking a painting that has been la2ily checking me out from a corner of the studio. Or how … Continue reading

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Thinking about Running and Painting

Sometimes I run to my studio along the Bosphorus. A way to get my vision tuned afresh. The fishing boats are out casting their yellow spirals and pitching their tents on the silvery plains. Hot sepia tea is being served … Continue reading

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Picking plums on the Bosphoros.

From our studio window we watch a small boy nimbly scale the fence, and inhabit the garden. His absorption is complete as he sets about filling his pockets, with the green fruit (“erik”) of the plum tree, first his front … Continue reading

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Meeting at the coalface: open studio

Arriving at my studio the morning of Open Studio I see a huge gathering of people with barrows, carts and trucks. They are all buying coal. Studios are often tucked away in corners of the city far from the gentrified … Continue reading

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Drawing the line

Heading back into the studio, pots of glaze lined up on the table, all geared up to paint Jane’s pots; what a treat. Another good way to get back into things if you got out of them is to go … Continue reading

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What do you do when you are not working?

Curator and writer Douglas Dreishpoon from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo in the US has got me thinking. Trace this back to my friend Isin, whose Masters/ PHD in Curatorship I have been proof reading, and the reason I have … Continue reading

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Picturing the shadow of the city

Picture this, on the one side of where I walk, the Bosphorus with its close and weighty passage of ships. On the other, early morning traffic tearing around a traffic island festooned with summer geraniums. Suddenly a large ornately upholstered … Continue reading

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Walkabout in Istanbul

Tomorrow I conduct a “walkabout” of my exhibition “Ships and Dreams” currently showing at Arnavutkoy Gallery in Arnavutkoy, Istanbul. Where I come from it is fairly common practice to return to your exhibition after its opening, at a designated time … Continue reading

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