Tuesday, 12 April 2016

That's All Folks

It's Springtime!
And this means we have to stop the fester and get outside! Although you haven't heard from me in a while there's no real festering…..between working I've been out in the daylight taking a lungful but also contemplating the future. What are my desires and dreams? What will be my next venture? I was feeling a bit like I'd gone off the boil and needed to get my teeth into something a bit more gritty and talk about good timing…..that's when I got the news through that the Arts council had decided to fund my new project!

So Big top hats off to them as I'm now running on plenty, and fuelled for the year! Fabulous!

Silverdale getting some sea air

 Early ideas for the new work, working in sculpture, video and photography

      Early mock up
 Technician at the beach
And below my new picture although this image is not the finished pic

I've also been helping out with "The Shop" in Nelson, "In-Situ" an artist led collective working with people, place and environment of Pendle has taken over the project and I am now looking over the running of a new boutique inside this wonderful new hub, called "The Magic Lantern" the new shop will open on Saturday April 30th so come along to the open…..12-5pm and catch the fashion show!

 Below before the work started on the new do at "The Shop"

My Fave Place, I just go here,look at the windmill and then know what to do.
That's all folks!

Monday, 18 January 2016


Now I'm not right good with new years, I was all positive and feeling up for it and then when I got back to the studio I felt a bit deflated....ho hum, I guess I was hoping my new picture would be near enough finished but of course it wasn't!

Two weeks on and this hum dinger is FINISHED, so in between the hoola hooping and star jumps (it's so bloody cold) today I declare it's done!

Studio technician Montee below helping

So another day another picture, I'll crack on with the work even though Bowie is no more, I've already been pouring my heart out on that one, so to transform dullness and smooth out any winter blues, I'll throw myself into the centre of my artistic universe,  key protagonist (just for a change,,,,Ouchy!)  in a world populated by proliferating bad news..... but one only lives once so I've already booked my train to go and look at everyone in the south at the end of this month, now that will cheer me no end, it's just the little things,,,,obvs!

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Another night another preview bash, but this time it was for yours truly!!! The Fitzrovia Gallery London, the Fizz went pop! And everybody was hit with a little bit of spring zing when faced with the colour of my oils, well enough to get them through the winter anyway.

Above bringing in the fizz before the doors open
I was in a spin as peeps started to arrive and lots of lovely faces came out to play - and lucky for me lots  of new ones too.

So please go along and get a art fix (one hopes) the show is on until the 28th, you might just see something that tickles your fancy..... oh and meet Clive in the gallery, he's such a gent and he's not all mouth but you wouldn't believe it looking at him below he he.

 Also 3pm - 5pm on the 21st we have artist (moi) chats and Q & A so please pop along again, this little Northerner will be back in the building to reveal my inspiration!

Fitzrovia News have put the article online please click here to be redirected

I am also doing a Q&A at the gallery on Saturday 21st Nov click here for details

Can you believe with all this going on I even fit in the local pumpkin comp, I do like to keep my finger in, Halloween's big business in Pendle

Before I go, Lesley has some of my unique xmas tree baubles up this coming Sturday 12 - 4pm  Arteology, Colne so come and have a look and take home a new friend, see you in there for a mulled!

below the tree of Christmas Chaos....it's exciting!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Out and About

I'm hoping you all know by now that I have a new show opening soon so you can imagine how busy I am with finishing the work, as now this is a solo show, but one needs time to reflect so I'm bobbing out of the studio when I can....basicly walking away so I don't put back what I've already done!

Silverdale, can you believe the weather, it's always like that!

Silverdale, we had a super day John and I, obviously we talked about new work as he has a show at the C.A.C the week before mine and believe me the work looks GOOD, it's going to be a wonderful show, I lost count of the number of new amazing pieces, I've no idea how he's going to choose, oh  and I am wearing one on the PV night and another I've made into a cape how exciting!!!

Sunday was a great day out, my friend Phil and I went over to Hebden Bridge to see the work of Mary Loney, I've met Mary before at this gallery, she's a great painter with my kind of sense of humour!

I also went to talk to David Leedham about my show there but that's not until 2017
Phil to the left with his fave of Mary's and Mary's grandaughter Alice below and the girl in the piggy mask is her

The gallery looked great as it was all up in the main part of the building when I had a show there last years ago but this new downstairs space looks super

To END this blog I had a surprise visit from a C.A.C member my friend Mike Hoban, he lives in Lewis and decided to go off and discover Yorkshire, well as you know I and on the cusp of the border so it would of been rude not to visit!

We talked from Plath to Pendle witches and put the art world to rights, good times!

Ok back to work for me, I just have one more to finnish and it's soooooooo close.

I haven't ever started my Halloween outfit yet, head down Hesketh!!!

Over and Out!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Good Witch

The artworld merry-go-round has spun once more in my favour, urging me on towards new and exciting horizons and thankfully despite the whirling speed of change,  Autumn looks bright! The starting gun has been fired by new agent Clive Jennings and we've hit the press with a bewitching veil of "Seduction & Sedition" my new show in November, and now to add to the build up it has been covered by Fitzrovia News, London.

Here is a link to the "Fitzrovia News" article - I am on page 16 -I hope you enjoy it!

Now to other things, or should I say other artists, my good friend Eddie Davies and one of the artists from our Mill put on a good show of new works this week and what a great turn out it was, the place was packed and the show was a well deserved success as I know how much hard work he puts in and is always down at the studio any chance he gets....Well Done Eddie, great job!

One of his pieces on dispay at the Platform one gallery, Todmorden

Eddie on the left with his blue friend Ken behind, the exhibit!

The work was based on inspiring landscapes from a two month trip from Argentina's Mount Fitzroy to Chile's Torres del Paine via the Perito Morano glacier. "My love of cubism has influenced the look of this series blending all images into one fantasy landscape" E.Davies

And this show is on for a month so pop on!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Art on his Mind

Clive Jennings - Fitzrovia Flaneur went to extra lenghts this week and squeezed me in before jetting off to NY, he made the trip up North into serious Witch country and lucky for me he hopes to dazzle audiences in London this coming November with his genuine love for art and belief that it should been seen! Clive always doing things in his effortless style, below viewing the new work in my studio and meeting Montee my studio tech

The new show will take shape in the spectacular and now thriving Fitzrovia Gallery and my work will be further enhanced by showing along side of the fabulous artist Machiko Edmondson, giving our work a new lease of life in this enchanting space, Fitzrovia being one of the hottest art scenes in London!

Dinner at my house!

Clive was a delight to have as a guest at our house and he's not a chap that shies away from a bit of fun.....well he is a C.A.C member!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

On the Bright Side of Life

This Blog is dedicated to my wonderful friend John Baldwin and his new works that await grand exposer this coming October for his solo show at the famous Chelsea Arts Club, and I went along to the Dukes gallery in Lancaster to have a sneak peak at the first of these colourful works that exist on their own terms, each impressed with its own self-contained reality.

Abstract Expressionism, the defining characteristics of these new works are those of implied energy and   visual drama in a cast of unruly and irrepressible attention that unlocks new ideas, colour is heightened, the palette is extended thus deepening the expressive argument and drawing in paint becomes more assertive.

John's paintings freely admit a range of allusion through shapes which jostle for attention but theses new players now command the colour stage, spilling sensation and the apprehension of time and space into the gallery demanding engagement with their presence.

the dastardly duo above and a cheeky shot of John below

Well done John on a fantastic show and I can't wait to see the rest of these marvellous works in the Autumn!

More works on dartcreative.co.uk

And my website has now had a super new look, with up to date images, so please have a view joehesketh.co.uk