Sunday, 21 January 2018

Print Gallery Is Now On Main Website

Print Promo - Signed giclee prints are available to buy from my website. For details see ~ Ax

Saturday, 10 December 2016

A collection of Words for Night Walkers and Night walking

 "Blessed are the owls, for they shall inherit the mystery and magic of the night."
Hilary Rubinstein "The Complete Insomniac",1974 p. 19

Night Owl (i), Night Hawk (i, ii, iii, iv), Night Walker (i),  Nocturnal Traveller (i, ii, iii),  Noctivagator (i, ii), Noctivagant (i, ii), Night Wanderer (i, ii)  Night Stroller, Night Reveller (i), Night Dweller,
Shadow of the Night, Noctambule (i), Noctambulate (i), Noctambulator (i),
Nyctophilist (i)

" . . .  [Matthew Beamont] claims to link the indigent or vagabond ‘noctivagator’ (the ‘common nightwalker’) with the leisurely yet purposeful ‘noctambulator’ (the ‘uncommon nightwalker’) . . . "

From James McConnachie's review of Matthew Beaumont's "Night Walking", 2015. The Spectator magazine: "Dickens’s dark side: walking at night helped ease his conscience at killing off characters"

A list of night deities -
List of nocturnal birds -
List of nocturnal animals - 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

'When streets become supernatural': the joy of walking in cities at night - Guardian article - Nick Dunn

"Dark Matters: A Manifesto For the Nocturnal City", 2016,
by Nick Dunn
ISBN-13: 978-1782797487 (paperback)
Click here for website -

"With technology whittling away at our attention spans, our sense of place is vanishing. In an extract from his new book "Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City", Nick Dunn explains how a simple night-time stroll can help us to profoundly reconnect with our surroundings. Direct link to the full article - " 'When streets become supernatural': the joy of walking in cities at night "

" . . . To reclaim some of what is being lost, I propose walking in the night. This is not the chest-beating, public declaration of protest as commonly understood, but a gently recalcitrant act against the confines of the daily grind. To venture into the “thickness” of the night is to experience, in a powerful and visceral way, a much broader world than that which exists during the daytime."

Saturday, 3 December 2016

the show is now over

The show is now over and am very grateful for all that has happened. I have a page specifically for acknowledgements and 'thank you's which can be read here - 'Acknowledgements'


As a way to wrap up my time with this show a personal Facebook post from just a few days ago(i) which seems relevant to share here:
There's snippets of a paragraph from Matthew Beaumont's "Night Walking" that is haunting me that I just can't get out of my head. It's a comment on "Michel Foucault's 'The Order Of Things' talking about obscure city spaces:
" . . . The 'obscure space' embedded in what the enlightenment identifies as 'man's nature' is both exterior to him and indispensable to him . . . The obscure spaces of the metropolitan city, which are at once alien to the bourgeois city's self-image and essential to its project of self-aggrandisement, are also shadows and blind stains."
(Matthew Beaumont, "Night Walking", 2015, pg 113-114)
I'm taking this as suggesting that the hidden alcoves, the shadow filled alleys are unavoidable. They are the flip side of the pristine modern city, but the pristine modern city does all it can to disavow that these places and spaces are needed.

These spaces, I'm at times exploring, are the spaces that those that help maintain the bright sparkly clean future city walk through. I'm thinking of the cleaners, the shop staff, the security staff, the waste disposal people, the delivery people all of whom use the spaces that we tend to want to pass by and ignore.

These half lit spaces are often seen as edgy and dangerous but these are the spaces that the workers of the city use. Those folk that are the backbone, who exist both in front of and behind the scenes to keep the spectacle of the modern city running. These spaces hold the side/back door entrances, trade entrances, delivery bays, places that obscure the to-ings and fro-ings of those that maintain the facade of the bright clean city. These spaces are needed and unavoidably exist in opposition to the supposed 'perfection' that they help support.

That's all...
*ponder ponder*


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Alain De Botton - 'How to Make an Attractive City', 'The Ruin of London'

Though obviously London centric the following videos presented by Alain De Botton are saliant views of city planning and some of the huge errors that have been incured in recent years and how to mititgate such errors.

Alain De Botton: 'How to Make an Attractive City' - We've grown good at making many things in the modern world - but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles for how to make attractive cities once again

Alain de Botton: 'The Ruin of London' - London's skyline was for decades protected by regulations governing the heights of buildings in the historic core. These regulations have now been torn up, and an unprecedented tower building-boom has been unleashed.

The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs - TED talk by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler is an author who stirs up strong feelings. In this TED talk he is deliberatly provocative in tone and wants to elicit feelings when talking about architecture and town/city planning, something which has been leeched out of all conversation around those spheres. You may agree or you may disagree, but whatever you think this is well worth a watch to my mind.

I highly recommend Kunstler's 1994 book 'The Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape':

click here to buy at Waterstone's online Marketplace
'The Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape', 1994
By James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0671888251 (Out of print)

I came across this book when looking for writing about cities going through huge moments of change. The title alone had me hooked.

This following general synopsis from the Waterstone's Marketplace Online describes the book perfectly -

"Eighty percent of everything ever built in America has been built since the end of World War II. This tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside is not simply an expression of our economic predicament, but in large part a cause. It is the everyday environment where most Americans live and work, and it represents a gathering calamity whose effects we have hardly begun to measure. In The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the city is a dead zone and the countryside a wasteland of cars and blacktop. Now that the great suburban build-out is over, Kunstler argues, we are stuck with the consequences: a national living arrangement that destroys civic life while imposing enormous social costs and economic burdens."

(Though 'out of print' it is available to buy online from the Waterstone's Marketplace here.)

Also see -
'Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century', 1998
by James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0684837376
Abebooks link

'The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition', 2003
by James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0743227230
Abebooks link

Kunstler's website -

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Paintings page has been updated

The Paintings page has now been updated to show the full list of paintings on display in the show. To see the list click on the 'Paintings' page in the menu up above or click here.