Archive for the ‘Art Exhibitions’ Category

January Art Sale

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Goddes-Paintings-NewJanuary Sale time!

I try my best to offer special offers for subscribers to my website. It’s by way of a thank you really as the support of people who buy the art is what allows me to get up every day and go to a studio to paint.

After sweating over what price to peg things at, the email is finally going out. This may be the last year that I do this, we will see but if that’s the case I am sure I will come up with some other “perks” for subscribers.

Elsewhere, painting is in full throttle at the moment and I am working on finishing new work for the next McTears Art Auction, new events at Braewell galleries and also feeding the Park Gallery and others with new work.  The piece above (also shown in an earlier stagem below) is progressing well and will hoepfully be completed soon.

I have been investigating Tarot Card design as this is where the Goddess themed artwork has led me and it is a much deeper and more complex subject than I would ever have imagined.

Ace of Cups anyone?

Martin Elliot Tennis Girl Photographer & Nice Guy

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A few weeks ago I received an email from Martin Elliot, Tennis Girl Elliot Joe Hendry the photographer of “Tennis Girl”. It simply said “My compliments”. I easily get star struck and this poster is legendary for me. I remember it always being in the poster browser in John Menzies for what seemed like most of the seventies when I was a kid.

I wrote back to Martin who asked for a copy of my Andy Murray bum painting which seemed to appear everywhere during the summer of 2009. Martin replied “I would like it for my scrapbook – I’ll fit you in between the Ricky Gervais and Frank Skinner versions!”

So, off my print went and today I received a signed print back from Martin. What a guy, I am so chuffed.andy-murray-tennis-art2 All this came about during working on paintings for my ArtDeCaf(now Braewell Galleries) solo show last June. The painting had been very serious an in a minute of lightheartedness “New Balls Please” was born.

Anyway, it’s on with the more serious painting in the studio at the moment but I won’t forget my homage to Andy Murray or the smile it seems to have brought to so many peoples faces. Just as Martin’s print has brought to mine.

…and, relax.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Well, that’s it. all this years art events are over. The last day of the Parade Artists’ art exhibition was yesterday. A massive thank you to all of you who came along and browsed, chatted and purchased paintings.

Also, I completed my last painting commission for Christmas and it is safely at the framers so there is definately a relaxed sense of satisfaction around in my studio.

I feel it’s time to slow it down a tad now and chill over the coming weeks. I have to admit to being a bit of a “bah-humbug” type guy so whilst the shops are crazy busy, I will be painting at a more leisurely pace. I am not anti-Christmas, just anti-too-much-consumer-commercial-hype-stress etc.

Things are alraedy in place art-wise for pretty much the first 4 months of 2010 and it is looking really exciting – more news to follow.

More news on that soon.

Parade Artists, the long weekend

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Just to show how serious it can get at the Parade Artists exhibition, pictured is Scotlands 12th most elligible batchelor Frank To and the ever professional photographer, Ian Marshall. This was before the exhibition opened- I believe Ian is practicing facial excercises for the over 45s.Frank To Artist Ian Marshall photographer

So, big thanks to all of you who came along to the Parade Artists’ first weekend in Glasgow. Saturday seemed really busy and a bit of a whirlwind. Today was a gentler pace and it was lovely to be able to spend time chatting with some of you about the new art and life in general.

With the pace picking up a bit for me it is beginning to look like this may be the last event such as this that I am able to do, which is sad but a necessity I am afraid as the planning is quite mammoth. Also, there was an event today which i found so distasteful that I think will make not taking part in future events easier for me. Overnight, the art is locked in an area which only artists have access to. Today, it became apparent that a piece of artwork had been stolen.

The artist who’s work it was was understandably upset but this also affected the rest of us who thought we were running a mutually supportive collective. People can be low.  This affected the day for me and changed me in ways which looking back I am quite shocked at. Funny as it is now to look back at it , may I apologise to the parents of the young children who were playing with the baloons used to attract attention to the entrance area…..I would not normally take balloons from 3 year olds but as the title says, it’s been a long weekend!

Final Word On Edinburgh Art Fair

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Edinburgh Art Fair

With the recession, there is no doubt that the art world has been hit and for some strange reason, I have been “recession-proof”. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s just where I am in my career. Don’t get me wrong, I am not rolling in money, but I am doing ok. Believe me, I know a lot of artists who are on housing benefit etc just to get by. It can be tough, but I watch fellow artists continue to paint there way through the hard times, which surely can’t last forever.

I visited Edinburgh Art Fair yesterday and it was an interesting experience. Over the past few years, I have got to know quite a few gallery owners and it was strange in a way to see so many I knew under the one roof. Last year, the saying was that the “best seller at the Edinburgh Art Fair was the coffee”. Well, it seems that this was the case again. Every gallery I spoke to seemed to be genuinely shocked at how poor sales were. For a gallery owner, this must be hard. Exhibition stands are expensive and then there’s all the transport and advertising costs. The recession is definately still with us but I left the art fair feeling completely ok.

I think that’s because like many other painters, I do it because I love it and feel somewhat protected from the sharp, front-end of art sales. Artist’s need sales, otherwise they could not continue to paint. It’s a balance and today I was in the studio painting, feeling excited by new work which I am creating and Edinburgh Art Fair is already a memory.

So, I would like to say a public “thank you” to those of you have have bought my artwork  and prints over the years and also to those of you who have suported me with emails of encouragement, filled in the guestbook or replied on the blog. Believe me, in a negative world, it all helps.

Last week, I heard a fellow artist’s work described as “shit”, and a piece of mine was described as “f***ing horrible”. There was more of this negativity at Edinburgh: one gallery even said that the place was full of “crap art” and that at least they vetted the galleries at the Glasgow Art Fair. Art snobs are great fun, especially in a recession!

So I shall remain thick skinned thanks to your support and hopefully sensitive enough on the inside to keep painting in a manner that people appreciate. If I ever become an arrogant art-snob judging “lesser beings” then please let me know ;-)

Same Old Art?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Edinburgh Art Fair Joe HendryNot another post about the Edinburgh Art Fair!

Well, yes it is. See right for the final version of the big (3 ft square) female face painting which is shown on at least two other entries in the blog.

I receive quite a few emails from people telling me that they like to see paintings in progress and this one is certainly a good example of how much a painting can change.

So, she is off to the Edinburgh Art Fair with six other paintings and after Wednesday I will be able to relax. It’s impossible to tell if art is going to sell- it all does sooner or later but for me most of the time it’s more about feeling that people like it than making money.  So long as I have a tin of beans in the cupboard and a pint of milk in the fridge I don’t worry too much ;-)

Scottish Art Joe Hendry Kilt PaintingI have also been frantically trying to finish another 3 ft x 3 ft square canvas based on the model Jamie who posed for me earlier in the year.

This one is a similar pose to Timorous Beastie and Timorous Beastie Too. It is called “Rest And Be Thankful” and there is more face in the painting and the background is very different.

The Edinburgh Art Fair runs from 20th – 22nd November.