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These are challenging times                                                                                                                                                         

Lockdown and the current corona virus pandemic crisis as been difficult for all of us and that is why it as been important to try and keep busy

as planned exhibtions , events have either had to be adapted, rescheduled, postponed and or in some cases cancelleld. I have selected one work and

three recently completed works: 

A work based on Climate change a Work in Progress

The work in progress below is a complex dip pen and ink drawing based on climate change where animals and the natural world

are being hunted to exstinction. This work draw it's inspiration from recent news and event published and televised on climate

change. View a short film of this on Neil's instagram by clicking on the image below (If you are not on instagram already you may

have to join to watch this.  

  

The Golden Age of Silent Movies - my work 'Touching Time'    

 This work has been created for a special exhibtion with Leeds Fine Artists to be shown sometime this year at the Burton Stanley Audley

Gallery at Leeds University. The work is based on the Golden Age of comic silent movies of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold 

LIoyd, where they are represented in a time capsule room in new York City. A portrait of Buster Keaton is looking in, symbolising a 

prison on the inside ad well as the outside. Other references to this suspended world in time are in the images represented on the walls

of the interior whic show other referneces to Chaplin, Keaton and LIoyd as well as new paper clip from of the 1929 financial crash which 

led to the global depression. The work is a poinent reminder of how fleeting and precious time is and how the world is ever changing and

connections, meanings and the present can still have relevancy to a past world  that is no more, hence the title 'Touching Time' .

         

(Above) Images including details showing my work 'Touching time', Pen, ink and pencil 

'Recent works' Based on two iconic London landmark's, Big Ben and Eros     

These are some recent works based on famous iconic landmarks in London, The Elizabeth Tower (Best known as 'Big Ben' and Alfred Gilbert's Shaftsbury Piccadilly Circus memorial 'Eros'. The painting and draing of 'Big Ben' (Below left} are meant to represent living heritage, capturing thw majesty of this iconic landmark. These two works were created from sketches, photogrpahs and the Artists imagination, both were built up in stages and layers of paint and pen and ink on pencil. 'Eros Selfie' is a pen and ink drawing that is a play on the illusion of vanity and self image, where tourists are seen taking selfies in groupson the top open deck of a London Tour Bus amidst the shadow of Eros which bears down like a looming cupid. Behind Eros are adverts of  contemporary culture, a reference to things to come, a futuristic world. Again this work was created using traditional dip pen and ink drawing skills, where the ink is built up in a construct of complex lines and forms. These works  were recently exhibited with the New English Art Club at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St. James's, Mayfair in London. 

  

                        

Big Ben Living Heritage             Five to Five, Pen and ink            Eros Selfie , pen and ink 

       

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All images - ©Neil John Pittaway