Saturday, 28 March 2015

In The Studio with Panter, Westmoreland, Eldon, and Scabies!

On Thursday the 26th of March I had a really great day watching a brand new Specialized track being recorded in Milk Studios in Limehouse. Horace Panter played bass, Rat Scabies (a founder member of The Damned) played drums, young(ish) upstart Micko Westmoreland played lead guitar and Comedian (and punk fan) Kevin Eldon sang his little heart out.
Above: Horace and Micko
Above: Kevin goes through the lyrics one more time.
Above: Rat and Kevin
Above: The wonderful Tom Aitkenhead who runs Milk Studios (in Cable Street) and has previously recorded and mixed Robert Smith, Babyshambles, Orbital, and Bloc Party.
Above: "Sitting on my Sofa"
Above: "The vain man"
Above: "Support specialized"

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Police Dog Hogan AND Neil Innes play The Jazz Cafe 26/4/15

For a piffling £15.75 you can book a ticket to see Police Dog Hogan and extra special guest Neil Innes perform at The Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26th of April. Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in a mix of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Their songs range from the wistful and poetic to out-and-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway. '...a really good, fun time' (DJ Johnnie Walker)
Acclaimed surrealist, songwriter and beaming stand-up lighthouse; Beatles parodist with The Rutles, Rutland Weekend Television; the 'Seventh' Monty Python member; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band originator, Away With Words presenter and all-round Urban Spaceman - Mr Neil Innes...
Jazz Café Camden is one of London's must iconic live music venues, and has played host to the likes of Cameo, Faithless, Bobby Womack, Grandmaster Flash and Alton Ellis to name but a few. With a capacity of 420 it is London's Premier intimate venue.
Address: 5 Parkway Camden Town London NW1 7PG You can buy tickets from this website:

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Photos from Demolition Derby p.v. at Fold

Demolition Derby’, the inaugural group exhibition at Fold in Fitzrovia opened on Friday the 13th of March. The works in the exhibition all share the common experience of being put through their paces. Over time they have been scolded, ignored, battered, slapped about and worked to breaking point in order to arrive at the finished article. Almost wasn't good enough and adequate didn't cut it. They have been taken to pieces and put back together in an effort to transcend the satisfactory, enduring rights of passage that have imbued them with character and resilience.
Laura Bygrave has been reworking a set of drawings over the last three years through sculpture, painting and most recently collage. The original images come from her book 'The God of Number Zero' which describes a parallel universe with its own mythologies, cultures and laws of physics. Each reworking goes through a process of addition and subtraction, honing forms through the experience of making in an effort to get closer to their essence.
In the past few years Luke Gottelier has returned to a group of failed paintings he made a decade earlier. In order to revitalise and push the paintings towards success he has subjected them to various physical and transformative trials. Recently works have been brutally augmented to become pinball machines, ashtrays and remote-controlled cars.
Kes Richardson works on a number of series at once, revisiting motifs with assaults of discordant imagery and attitude. Previous incarnations are obliterated and smothered, sections are sacrificed and transplanted. For this exhibition he is returning to his Gardener series, working from a painting of the same title by Van Gogh, together with works that play with chaos and chance.
Rose Wylie is showing paintings that were started in the 1990s and lay unresolved and redundant for over two decades. A diptych addresses the first Iraq war whilst a large unstretched painting is of a solitary female figure. In 2014 she returned to both works, expunging their shortfalls with courageous and assured passages of paint and collage.
Above: Darren and his lovely beard.
Above: Will Daniels with a flu ridden Dom Kennedy
Young Mac Gottelier with his dad's gold painting.
Above: Sinead Wheeler
Above: Marcus Cope
Above: Derek Jordan with a Bob Smith badge FOLD Gallery London 158 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YW The show runs until the 18th of April!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Interview with Mikey Georgeson (questions 61 - 80)

Singer,songwriter,artist and gentleman Mikey Georgeson has answered 100 Harry Pye questions...
Part One:
(Above: Gordon Beswick and Mikey Georgeson painting away)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Three Landscape Paintings

On Facebook artist friends are nominating each other to do a "Landscape Challenge." When Marguerite Horner asked me to pick three landscape paintings I initially thought of various paintings of nice trees, streams and clouds by Constable, and nice paintings of horses by Stubbs etc but they were all things I liked rather than loved. Here are three paintings whose width is greater than their height, that have always meant a lot to me. I appreciate none of my choices are "pure landscapes" because they all feature people in them but they'll have to do... 1) The Execution of Emperor Maximilian (1869)by Édouard Manet (You can see this painting at The National Gallery in London)
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square has always been my favourite gallery. I love all the Piero della Francessca's they have there and I nearly picked his painting The Nativity. But in the end I decided on The Execution of Maximilian. I was surprised when I first saw this painting. I've looked at it many times over the years and it's never stopped being interesting to me. One of my art heroes Jean Dubuffet once said: "Art must make you laugh a little and make you a little afraid. Anything as long as it doesn't bore" I've selected this painting because it's so curious and unboring. 2) Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso (To see this in the flesh you'd have to go all the way to Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid)
Jim Davidson once quipped: "Picasso was a great painter but he didn't half know some ugly women." Most people I know don't actually think that Picasso was a 'great' painter and they see him as rather overrated. My friend Ed Ward's dad went to see the big blockbuster Matisse/Picasso at Tate Modern years ago and when he came out he said: "Huh, that Picasso fella liked painting black lines round everything didn't he?" At another exhibition of his work by friend Julian concluded "There was absolutely nothing I liked about that show." And there are many other people I've asked about Pablo over the years who've just responded by pulling a face but I really rate this painting. Guernica was his response to the fascists bombing Spain. I think the reason it's good is because it rings true. It seems from the heart. Some of the expressions on the faces are quite chilling. In my opinion, there is a touch of genius about this painting. It was made by someone who has really studied painting for many years and yet aspects of the painting have an almost child like simplicity to them. Was there ever a good war or a bad peace? 3) Coffee (1915) by Pierre Bonnard (You can see this painting at Tate Modern)
I don't love everything Bonnard painted but the ones I do love, I love a lot. He was a painter of feelings and I think the paintings the Tate owns of his are some of the best in their collection. There's a scene in the film Stardust Memories in which Woody Allen's character is listening to a Louis Armstrong song he's loved since he was a child and his girlfriend whose been eating a yogurt looks up and smiles at him and he realizes that this is actually one of the happiest moments of his entire existence. I think in our youth we believe big achievements and big events will make us happy but it's probably not the case. I went to see the Matisse show at Tate Modern about 6 times and every time I went I felt lifted. The colours in this painting do something to me in a similar way. I can't explain why I love the colous he uses. 100 years a go a Frenchman decided to make a painting of his wife drinking coffee and his dog sitting at the table. Probably a few seconds after this moment happened, someone else sat down and the dog moved away and everything changed. But little things mean a lot and so I'm glad Pierre captured that moment. Another reason I think it's a good painting is because it makes me want to make a painting myself.
(Above: "Have a Biscuit" painted by Harry Pye & Marcus Cope 2007)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Picture consequences with Dom, Kes, Harry and Rose

(Above: Kes Richardson & Harry Pye in front of a new painting by Rose Wylie) The game Picture Consequences (a.k.a Exquisite corpse) is a fun way to spend an afternoon especially when you're in the company of esteemed artists Dom Kennedy, Kes Richardson, and Rose Wylie.
Above: One
Above: Two
Above: Three
Above: Four.
Kes Richardson has work in FOLD Gallery's final show at their Clerkenwell space. The Fin exhibition finishes this Sunday 25th January. Gallery open Weds - Sat, 12-6pm and Sun 12-5pm.