Alej ez Contemporary art

New Exhibition – Sept 2019 Jan 2020 at West Pier Centre

Art exhibition for the West Pier Trust. 

Venue: The West Pier Centre

Opening times: September 2019 to January 2020, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Location: The West Pier Centre is the first three arches under Kings Road at the West Pier Memorial Square, on the East side of the I360 Tower. Address: Kings Road Brighton, BN1 2FL

West Pier and Rampion Wind Eventide Serene.

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Recent artwork.

West Pier Rampion Wind Farm Brighton. Eventide Serene.
West Pier Rampion Wind Farm Brighton. Eventide Serene.– The West Pier, a Victorian legacy of the industrial and social revolution, promoting well being and welcoming all segments of society; and in the distance, the Rampion Wind Farm, our legacy for the sustainable future in the shape of the renewable energies revolution, winds of change. This tonal ‘Eventide’ Series takes inspiration on a late evening sea swim with my friend Mike by the West Pier one late summer day in Brighton, the sea was still like a mirror and the hues of soft pink surrounded us like in the ‘train scene, of the movie ‘Spirited Away’ by Sudio Ghibly. The word eventide means evening in archaic English. Black Ink pen drawings colour added digitally. Print signed and dated. Size (305 x 1150 mm or 12 x.45.3 in) Print dimensions 1150 x 305 mm. From £180.
Reference artwork – ‘train scene’ from the movie ‘Spirited Away’ by Sudio Ghibly. The association to this image of the movie happened after witnessing a sunset by the West Pier with the same hues and quietness. Movies are a constant reference in art, more even now that is an embedded par of our lives.
‘West Pier Rampion Flowers and Wind farm’– The Rampion Wind Farm take its name from the flower ‘Playteuma Orbiculare’, ‘Round Headed Rampion Flower’ or as colloquially known ‘The Pride of Sussex’. It is actually a cluster of small flowers that open looks like a sea anemone. A herbaceous plant from the family of the campanulaceae with large erect stems. You can find it in most of Europe but it thrives in the Downs grasslands chalky soils. In the language of flowers, the campanula means gratitude. Print sizes standard A3 (29.7 x 42cm) and A4 (21 x 29.7cm).

West Pier Night Sea.

Print size A1 (84.1 x 59.4cm), A2 (42 x 59.4 cm) and A3 (42 x 29.7 cm)

West Pier Remains Night Sea.
West Pier Night Sea. – The West Pier at night has an ethereal presence, its pearl complexion tells us about belonging to to worlds: the past world when once was a thriving construction full of joy with children and adults promenading on its timber deck, the sound of its performers and attractions, the sun gleaming on a blue sky; and the irremediable future, in a sky of seaweed radiating light navigating stormy sea. Quoting T.S. Eliot Four Quarters “Time present and time past. Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. … All time is unredeemable.” Print size 84.1×59.4cm. Made from an original ink drawing. Colour and shades added digitally. From £180
Detail of print. – West Pier Remains Night Sea.

Pallant House Gallery North South.

Print size 115 x 30.5 cm

Pallant House Gallery North South
Pallant House Gallery North South. – Elevation drawing of North and South Pallant Streets in Chichester showcasing Pallant House Gallery; an early 20th century modern British and European art museum housed in a Queen Anne 18th century townhouse and a 21st century contemporary extension designed by Long & Kentish in association with Colin St John Wilson. The colours for this print are a response to ‘Still life-cerulean’ by Ben Nicholson, an abstract painting in the collection of the Pallant House Gallery‘ painted in 1946 . The exercise of producing this print shows how an abstract piece converses with a figurative one, and how this in return validates the abstraction. Approximate print size 115×30.5cm.
Pallant House Gallery North South  Detail
Detail of print

Victorian Steel Irons Brighton West Pier Cormorants

Print size A1 (84.1 x 59.4cm) and A2 (42 x 59.4 cm)

Red Victorian Steel Irons Brighton West Pier Cormorants.
Red Victorian Steel Irons Brighton West Pier Cormorants. If you are observant of wildlife you might have spotted cormorants drying their wings on the ruins of the West Pier in Brighton. These birds are rather elegant with their slender figure, long necks and anthracite iridescent feathers. Attributed to Christoper Isherwood is the following poem. ‘The Common Cormorant or Shag, Lays eggs inside a paper bag. The reason you will see no doubt It is to keep the lightning out….’ This poem no short of humor was composed at a dinner party, guests set each other the challenge of writing a poem containing a given word. The cormorants are resting on what was before a beautiful Victorian leisure pier. The West pier sadly was destroyed by a series of fires and remains only its bent structure of rusted wrought iron. Print size 84.1×59.4cm. Made from an original ink drawing. Colour and shades added digitally. From £180
Red Victorian Steel Irons Brighton West Pier Cormorants.
Detail of print

Regency Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes

Print sizes A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) and A2 (59.4 x 42 cm)

Regency Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes
Regency Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes. The colour scheme of this piece relates to the specific Regency colours found in the interiors of the Brighton Pavilion. Gold dragon scales friezes, carmine onion domes, Gothic Prussian blue jali screens, Turner’s patent yellow diamond crenellated parapet in octagonal pinnacle. Finial convex, feathered rings topped by fluted rings. Other sources of inspiration are medieval and early renaissance paintings. Print size A1 59.4 x 84.1 cm. From £180

Hers and His VIVA!

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Hers and His VIVA Brighton Edition. - George IV's Brighton Pavilion and Fitzherbert's Steine House
Hers and His VIVA! – George IV’s Brighton Pavilion to Fitzherbert’s Steine House’. It is a panoramic elevational drawing of Old Steine that shows The Brighton Pavilion, The Kitchen buildings and adjacent buildings found at Palace Place, Castle Square and Old Steine. The current YMCA building was at its time Steine House; the former residence of Maria Fitzherbert, mistress and wife of the Prince Regent. And also worth mentioning Marlborough House a 1771 designed by architect Robert Adam. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180. For sale at Leo Frames.
Detail of print

Hove and Brighton promenade Ocean Blue.

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Hove and Brighton promenade Ocean Blue. – Inspired by the aquamarine colours of the sea; walking on the Palace Pier, the ‘Big Blue’ underneath your feet glistening through the cracks of the wooden deck or lounging on a deck chair, the English Channel framed in the horizon by the white lattice of Victorian wrought iron railings. View of Hove and Brighton from the end of Western Lawns; by the Hove Deep Sea Anglers Club. The view reaches as far a Belle Tout Lighthouse within the South Downs National Park. From original Ink drawing, colour added digitally. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180
Detail of print

Kemptown Promenade Brighton Ocean Blue.

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Kemptown Promenade Brighton Ocean Blue
Kemptown Promenade Brighton Ocean Blue. -Inspired by the aquamarine colours of the sea; walking on the Palace Pier, the ‘Big Blue’ underneath your feet glistening through the cracks of the wooden deck or lounging on a deck chair, the English Channel framed in the horizon by the white lattice of Victorian wrought iron railings. .View of Hove and Brighton from the raised cliff of Kemptown at Marine Parade with its typical bow fronted terraced houses; Chinese style street lamps; Victorian lift; the unmissable 1960’s Sussex Heights and our contemporary British airways I-360; the historic Brighton Palace Pier and in the distance the coastline that runs from Shoreham Scottish Power Thermal Station; the two wind turbines; Shoreham industrial Harbour and continuing all the way to Worthing Pier. From original Ink drawing, colour added digitally. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180
Detail of print

The Moon and the Long Man of Wilmington

Print sizes A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) and A2 (59.4 x 42 cm)

The Moon and the Long Man of Wilmington
The Moon and the Long Man of Wilmington’. -Its origin a meaning remains unclear. Different theories say that he could be a pilgrim from the nearby Wilmington Priory. Professor John North said that this figure could be from 35th century BC to mark the constellation of Orion and therefore a manifestation of a Neolithic astral region. other sources say it could be Romano-British. More recently Professor Martin Bell suggested that The Long Man was cut in the snowbound hills near Wilmington in the 16th or 17th century. As an interesting fact It was restored in 1873 by a group lead by the vicar of Glynde, Reverend William de St Croix by marking out the outline with yellow bricks whitewashed in lime mortar. I have often visited him in my walks along the South Downs, and my friend Joss showed me recently a wonderful woodcuts of the ‘Long Man’ from Ravilious, and also by Ravilious the watercolour in exhibit in The Towner in Eastbourne. It was a matter of time for the Long Man to be a subject for one of my prints. The Long Man is crossed by innumerable terraced paths formed by the grazing herd of sheep. These grass paths are cut deep in the North facing steep hills of The Downs and cast long shadows.

I like to think that on clear summer nights the also know as the ‘Green Man’ gazes at the Moon for companionship with a feeling of camaraderie with sentimentality. As Percy Bysshe Shelley expresses this emotions in her poem ‘To the Moon’
‘Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless Among the stars that have a different birth, — And ever changing, like a joyless eye That finds no object worth its constancy? 
Thou chosen sister of the Spirit, That gazes on thee till in thee it pities … ‘
Or more simplistically the Spanish poet Gloria Fuertes says
‘En las noches claras,resuelvo el problema de la soledad del ser.Invito a la luna y con mi sombra somos tres.’

Round Headed Rampion, Pride of Sussex, in flower over the Downs

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Round Headed Rampion, Pride of Sussex in flower over the Downs’
‘Round Headed Rampion, Pride of Sussex in flower over the Downs’ This print is a a re-take of a previous print with the addition of a screen of cerulean blue flowers. Imagine yourself lying on the grass in this spot looking at the distant landscape through the immediate growth of Rampion flowers. ‘Playteuma Orbiculare’, ‘Round Headed Rampion Flower’ or as colloquially known ‘The Pride of Sussex’. It is actuallly a cluster of small flowers that open looks like a sea anemone. A herbaceous plant from the family of the campanulaceae with large erect stems. You can find it in most of Europe but it thrives in the Downs grasslands chalky soils. In the language of flowers, the campanula means gratitude. The production drawing of this flower screen started with charcoal drawings and then kitchen lithography. Kitchen lithography means stone(Lito) printing( graphy) in the kitchen. Since all the materials for its production can be found in an everyday kitchen. It is based on the same principle as traditional lithography that water and oil push each other. French Emilie Aizer developed this technique in 2009. It replaces the harmful chemicals turpentine and nitric acid. On a piece of kitchen foil a design is drawn with oil pens, chocolate or soap, once the designed is completed Cola drink is poured on it as a corrosive element to alter the water retaining properties of the foil; cooking vegetable oil is then used to wipe and clean the foil. The result is a plate that when made moist and then inked with a roller, the ink attaches to the design. Finally a wooden press is used to transfer the inked plate into paper. From £180.
Detail of print ‘Round Headed Rampion, Pride of Sussex in flower over the Downs’
Detail of print
Rampion Flowers Kitchen Lithograph being produced with Scarlett Rebecca at her studio a at New England House in Brighton.

Eastbourne Gold Pier and Beach Huts!

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Eastbourne Gold Pier and Beach Huts.
Eastbourne Gold Pier and Beach Huts. The construction of this pier started on 18 April 1866 and it was opened by Lord Edward Cavendish on 13 June 1870. As a interesting fact during the Second World War, machine guns were installed in the theatre and a Bofors anti-aircraft gun was sited midway along the length of the pier. Later on in In December 1942, an exploding mine caused considerable damage to the pier and nearby hotels. For Agatha Christie’s lovers, the pier appears in Poirot episode “Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan” . And sadly in 2014 it suffered a major fire. Also shown in the print is a row of weather boarded beach huts and The Martello Tower no.66. These are gun towers constructed to defend the coast from an invasion of Napoleonic forces. Built between 1805-1810 and based on the design for the Mortella Point in Corsica. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180. For sale at Leo Frames.
Detail of print

Brunswick, Palmeira and Adelaide, Promenade and Piers, Brighton and Hove Ocean Blue

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Palmeira Brunswick and Piers, Ocean Blue
Palmeira Brunswick and Piers, Ocean Blue. -Beach huts in the heart of the city with the backdrop of Georgian Crescents and Squares facing the sea. From original Ink drawing, colour added digitally. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180
Detail of print

The Lark over the Sussex Weald at Devils Dyke or ‘A Hike on the Downs’

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

The Lark over the Sussex Weald at Devils Dyke’ or ‘A Hike on the Downs’. From £180
The Lark over the Sussex Weald at Devils Dyke’ or ‘A Hike on the Downs’. From £180. On display at Leo Frames or while their web is updated you can order you copy directly from me.

Last summer, one clear day my friend Eros and I had a picnic in this exact location, it is hard to believe that it is only twenty minutes outside Brighton. It had been in my mind for some time to depict this mesmerising view. We sat on the grass with our sandwiches when i heard it first, a lark, instinctively i found myself looking up scrutinising the sky to subsequently find it, up there, held in the air singing its defiant rather loud tune.

Devils Dyke was formed during the Ice age; it is England’s deepest and widest dry valley nearly a mile long. Described by Constable as ‘the grandest view of the World. The view I portray looks down onto the Sussex Weald confined by the South and in the distance the North Downs.

Painters and poets have historically celebrated this view, it comes to my mind the poem ‘A Hike on the Downs’ by John Betjeman from the book printed in 1937 ‘ Continual Dew’ that goes like this:

“Yes, rub some soap upon your feet!
We’ll hike round Winchester for weeks—
Like ancient Britons—just we two—
Or more perhaps like ancient Greeks.

“You take your pipe—that will impress
Your strength on anyone who passes;
I’ll take my Plautus (non purgatus)
And both my pairs of horn-rimmed glasses.

The joy of companionship and invitation to roam these country paths in your own eccentric fashion, be who you are among the greens.

Can you spot the two larks in this print? As it happens in nature you will have to put some effort to find them. Larks in Mythology and literature have several meanings, they stand for daybreak as in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 “Like to the lark at break of day arising / From sullen earth sings hymns at heaven’s gate; ..”

Detail of print…can you spot the lark flying?

Firle From Glynde

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

View of Firle from Glynde Glyndebourne
Firle from Glynde. A celebration of the countryside, the beautiful Southdowns Natural Park, with its soothing and inviting presence. Print size 1240 x 305 mm from £180. Last summer I went for a walk from Lewes to Glynde. I visited 12th C. St Peters Church at Firle and stared for hours at the fantastic John Piper’s ‘Tree of Life’ stained window, with its vibrant colours that has influenced this work. Also springs to my mind the lovely poem by D. H. Davis ‘Leisure’ written back in 1912 but that is so relevant these days. quoted ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass….’
Detail of print

Brighton City Pier Morning Haze.

Print size 124 x 30.5 cm

Brighton City Pier Morning Haze.
Brighton City Pier Morning Haze. -View of Brighton Palace Pier from the Steine Gardens. From original ink drawing, colour added digitally. Print dimensions 124 x 30,5 cm. From £180
Brighton City Pier Morning Haze
Detail of print

Ochre Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes

Print sizes A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) and A2 (59.4 x 42 cm)

Ochre Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes.
Ochre Brighton Pavilion Finial and Domes. The colour scheme of this piece relates to the soft ochre render colour of this edifice with its dragon scales friezes, onion domes, jali screens, crenellated parapet in octagonal pinnacle and finial convex, feathered rings topped by fluted rings. Print size A1 59.4 x 84.1 cm. From £180

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