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Viva Lafrowda benefit auction

At the time of writing (in September 2010) I’ve just finished this year’s Lafrowda painting. Inspired by the St Just festival which culminated on the final Saturday with the Viva Lafrowda processions, the picture is again for me a celebration of this brilliant local community.

The Latin theme this year led to the appearance of several giant sombrero’s in the parades. A huge Mexican skull puppet towered over the foreground revellers with their patchwork of coloured hats, flags, banners and costumes, a figure that rivalled the houses themselves in scale. In the spirit of the well know Mexican Day of the Dead this was a figure of jollity. As puts it:  “……….for Mexicans who believe in the life/death/rebirth continuum, it’s all very natural. This is not to say that they treat death lightly. They don’t. It’s just that they recognize it, mock it, even defy it. Death is part of life and, as such, it’s representative of the Mexican spirit and tradition which says: “Don’t take anything lying down – even death!”.

Maybe we can use something of that defiant and carefree approach to lighten-up our lives! Anyway, as in previous years this Lafrowda painting is for sale to benefit future festivals in my home town. There’s a buy now option or, if the piece is still available on Lafrowda Day 2011, it will be auctioned off to the person who has made the highest online offer or sealed bid at my studio. You can place a bid through the contact page. Also available through both the buy now and auction pages are unmounted prints of the picture with vouchers to the same value. The way this works is explained at  .

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On Lived-in Landscapes from Cornwall in Bath, Easter 2010

What’s been so good about this Bath showing of Lived-in Landscapes is that transplanting these images out of their usual Cornish context has highlighted their underlying content for me; in other words that they’re not just about living in Cornwall but about the broader issue of how people interact with landscape.

The Chapel Row Gallery has been an excellent venue to bring out this aspect. It’s ambience is reminiscent of that ocean light that was the theme of my previous show in Falmouth. As such it’s been sympathetic to the Cornishness of these new pictures while enabling them to “breathe” and so communicate something of the influence of that human presence that is their real theme.

A big thankyou to Gabrielle Hawkes who helped bring out this underlying theme in her introduction to the catalogue that you can read by clicking here.