Fifty Year Itch:1997, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm. 2021

Today’s picture is related to another work on paper, Luni Heartbeat is another result of the regular (and already mentioned) trips to Italy.  I owe a great deal to Sue Disley, who owns a place there – one that I’ve returned to many times over the past three decades.  It is situated in the Lunigiana area that sits at the edge of Northern Tuscany and spills into Liguria.

Luni Heartbeat, oil on khadi paper, 56 x 76 cm. 1997

Although there were still hiccups and setbacks the hard work at Derby had paid off by this point, the School had stabilised and I was able to find time for my own practice again, to do a little teaching and even take out time to be involved in extra curricular activities.  One of which In-Transit was a show that came off the back of a residency at the Kunstcentrum in Leiden by a member of the Derby staff – John France.  John organised the exhibition at the studios there and a group of us went to visit, instal and open the show.  It gave me a chance to show some of the larger canvases of the previous two years.

Me, back to camera, ‘explaining’ one of my canvases to a visitor at the Kunstcentrum Haagweg
The catalogue cover for In-Transit, curated by John France and including myself, Brian Bishop, Allan Boston, Linda Drury, Mandy Havers, Liz Lemon, Stephen Monger, David Oates, Peter Simpson & Virginia Verran.
Cheers! john France hard at work on his residency…

Published by David Manley

artist & curator

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