I just made an unexpected spur of the moment purchase having seen the artist's show mentioned on Twitter, otherwise I would have had no idea that it was going on. Another one I've been trying to source for some time so very pleased with having found such a great quality piece...
It's been a while since I posted on this thread but I've been hanging a couple of freshly framed pieces today so thought I'd share the love.
First up, this Tim Barber is HUGE! it's taken two of us to carefully manoeuvre it into position and on to the wall. It's face mounted on to perspex using Diasec and the back is mounted on aluminium and then floated in a simple white tray frame. Its next to our bed so it will be the first thing we see every day. Couldn't be happier with it...
I've had this one back from the restorer for a while following its unfortunate accident in transit, but just got it up on the wall today...
And finally this lovely little Matthew Paladino watercolour. Thanks to Sven for sorting this one out for me...
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2011 13:32:06 GMT -8 by afroken
Nice collection Afroken...although I'm guessing that's just part of it!
I bought this Todd James from Alice Gallery and love it.
It's very odd as the photo doesn't pick up the pen that runs throughout the painting. You'll notice on the pink gun to the left, that there's a kind of silver ink making up the detailing...well that runs throughout the painting but the camera can't pick it up for some reason. Flash on or off...weird.
Lowpro, I'll need to take a photo of it with something next to it to put its size in perspective, but I'm 6 foot and it's taller than me! Without a doubt the gloss Diasec really makes the work look incredible. But I can't help thinking that Tim's work is so natural that it would benefit from a non-reflective surface as it would make you feel like you can climb into the picture. The gloss presents the viewer with a bit of a barrier I think but yes, it looks really really lush and I can't complain apart from this minor observation.
For everyone else's benefit, the mounting people messed up my order and front mounted the piece on gloss rather than non-reflective as I had requested. They offered me a huge discount to make up for their mistake and I went to inspect the piece before agreeing to that. It saved me £500 and a world of pain trying to get the image reprinted and shipped, plus it looks amazing, so it was a no brainer.
Andrew, I love that Todd James of yours. I'm pretty sure the silver is just good old fashioned graphite pencil, which is typical of all his work, unless he has recently started using pen?
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2011 10:36:56 GMT -8 by afroken
i think i have been responsible for one of those negative comments on the bast head, so sorry if i caused any offence...!
thanks for sharing this distinguished collection with us though afroken. some real gems here from some of the most coveted and respected artists within the new contemporary scene. i'm sure there are great stories that accompany your aquisitions too. pieces like this are not so easy to come by, and it looks as though you are a very dedicated collector. the neckface and johanson pieces are exquisite, as is that great geometric mcgee cluster. that looks quite large by the way - what sort of size is that one?
interesting that you label this as a lowbrow forum.... personally i really dislike that term and thinks its derogatory to some of the artists that find it slapped upon them. yes of course 'lowbrow' is a large part of this board, but i think that your collection is a perfect fit for the kind of art that a lot of people on this board enjoy. welcome to the forum afro.
very nice collection. your eye and level of taste is one that i can relate to, and one that i admire. it's rare to see a collection that i wouldn't mind living with myself. looking forward to seeing what comes your way as time passes.