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JMW Turner

'boats at sea' (after 1830)



'fiery sunset' (1825-7)

'crimson sunset' (date unknown)


'sunset on the coast' (1820-30)

'studies of skies' (1820-30)



'landscape and sky studies' (1830-2)
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Dolly Mixture




Lizzy Mercier-Descloux



Rosa Yemen (inc. Lizzie Mercier-Descloux)



Su Tissue (Sue Mclane)
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gennady aygi
XIX And in the fog the green oak has nothing stronger than a branch to sing with


Snowstorm in My Window
(For V.Y.)
a snowstorm in my window – and these walls of my room – my house lost sight of me in a blizzard long ago the collection of drawings on the walls playing hide-and-seek with me – reminds me of how it used to be in my youth in those days of freshness when it (the snowstorm) decorated my window building a mystery and going into details adjusting every little thing: now here, now there
there are times as a father when words can't really communicate how one feels....

pheobe riley law - 'moments (silent)' from Pheobe riley Law on Vimeo.
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Newcastle visit - further....
i'm still happily exploring the websites, blogs and other online corners featuring work by some of the artists I met during my visit to Newcastle Uni Fine Art department - and all the further links that they lead to.
My own work in recent years has, in part, focused on how much of what we perceive is the subject itself and how much is from ourselves and I find myself asking how the specific atmosphere of such an intensely populated space as university artist studios can be affects what is produced there. The line between each artists personality, formed prior to arriving and evident in their earlier work, and the changes the situation begins to create is perhaps also the space where we, as viewers, could most easily question the placing of our own thoughts onto the work - and therefore remind ourselves to let that go and instead accept more of the playfulness and energy. It is easy to become set; without noticing we encase ourselves in our scars, streng…
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I've just had the pleasure of spending a few days at Newcastle Uni as part of their visiting artist programme - thoroughly enjoyed speaking to a really attentive theatre full of students and staff, the questions afterwards speaking volumes about the level of enquiry and explorative thinking of the fine art department.
After the talk spent some time with a small group discussion and then the rest of day one and all of day two was taken up with individual crit sessions during which I got to see and hear some really interesting work by those I met up with:
vocal improvisations, graphic scores, field recording collages, hand built synths, internal electronics compositions, digital monitor glitching, ceramic teeth, honey and berries in clay figures, lemons as central figures in a play, silk hair and pig tongues, poetic opera projects and more.
Luckily my visit also coincided with the first year students one evening show which I managed to see. Pheobe (my daughter) has applied to Newcastle…
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the east riding music club
forthefourteenth


click here to listen or download
click here for pdf track listing
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follow this link to listen / download a selection of Takemitsu's music for tape
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i'm up at newcastle uni this week - meeting with a lots of really interesting students (fine art) & also taking breaks in the Hatton Gallery looking at the Victor Pasmore and Ryder & Yates exhibitions. 
Victor Pasmore:










Ryder & Yates:









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