Monday, 27 February 2017

The Death-Cap Dancers

One of the books of display at my show 'Larkinworld' at the National Poetry Library in London is 'The Death-Cap Dancers', by Gladys Mitchell. It was kindly lent to me for the show by Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books (

The book once belonged to Barry Bloomfield, Larkin's friend and bibliographer. Laurence bought a great many books owned by Bloomfield, and writes:

'Both Barry and Larkin shared an enthusiasm for old-fashioned detective fiction - Margery Allinghan, Francis Beeding, Josephine Bell, Christiana Brand, Freeman Willis Croft and all the rest. Barry had loads of it. Most of it was housed in the garage, but when I was clearing the books away after Barry's death, I asked Valerie, his widow, why there were shelves of Gladys Mitchell in the guest bedroom. Her explanation was that this was because Gladys Mitchell was Larkin's especial favourite, and she was kept in the bedroom so that she should be at hand when Larkin came to stay'.

So we know that Larkin would at least have seen the copy on display in the show. And he may even have handled it and read it in bed!

Monday, 20 February 2017

'Larkinworld' at the National Poetry Library

My show 'Larkinworld' is now up and running at the National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London. The library is on the fifth floor and is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-8pm.

Many thanks to all who helped me with the preparation and installation of the show. The excellent photographs were taken by Harpreet Kalsi. More information on the show is available here:


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Postcards From The Edge

Visual AIDS is holding the 18th edition of its Postcards From The Edge fundraiser at New York's Sikkema Jenkins & Co from January 29 - 31, and I am delighted to be taking part. Since being established in 1998, Postcards From The Edge has raised over $800,000, selling more than 18,000 fine art postcards to benefit the organization's efforts to promote AIDS awareness and to support artists living with HIV.  

Monday, 7 December 2015

Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, Dec 2015-Jan 2016

Photograph by Flowers Gallery
I have two pieces in the upcoming Small is Beautiful show at Flowers Gallery in Cork Street. The show will run from Wednesday December 9th until Saturday 9th January 2016. The show is always well worth a visit, so do please come along.

Silent Movies, Q Park, October 2015

My installation at the recent group show Silent Movies, in Q Park, Cavendish Square, London. All the artworks had to be black and white, and at the private view the artists had to dress in black or white, or a combination of the two. It was all great fun.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Fall of the Rebel Angels photograph in Olympic Park, London

A few of weeks ago the artists taking part in 'The Fall of the Rebel Angels' took part in a photo shoot in Olympic Park. The shoot was arranged by Rebecca Feiner, one of the artists, and the photographer was Ansell Cizic.
Here are the results. A fun day out.

The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Venice

Early this month saw the opening of 'The Fall of the Rebel Angels', the group show in Venice curated by Vanya Balogh that runs concurrently with the 56th Biennale.
I'm taking part in the show. It's been huge fun. Vanya has done a terrific job curating it and organizing it. Big sense of camaraderie among the artists too. A large number of those taking part have gone over to Venice and I wish I could be out there - alas this hasn't proved possible. Good luck to everyone. I shall share the experience vicariously, sipping a Campari in the garden.