Saturday, 19 August 2017

Exhibition at the Monastery of Sainte Croix

We are also represented by Saatchi Art:

"Changing With The Times"

Vernissage: Friday, 25th August at 6 pm

Yesterday, we hung 31 of our framed, Limited Edition, prints at the
Monastery of Sainte Croix in the Vallée de Quint near Die.
The exhibition occupies two long, spacious, airy hallways reminiscent
of cloisters but with windows rather than open arches.  The light
is generally excellent and our unglazed prints are evenly and 
agreeably lit by daylight.

We chose the title "Changing With the Times" to allow us to exhibit
a variety of subjects from our earliest work in Papua New Guinea,
through the industrial work which occupied a lot of our career, with
the majority reflecting our more recent landscape and minimalist work  -
an eclectic mixture.  All but one of the prints were framed by 
us in our workshop. 

We are, of course, in the business of photography and of making and 
printing Limited Editions.  Our frames are designed to display the
pictures to what we consider to be their best advantage.  However,
we obviously have a preference for the sale of unframed prints which
buyers can frame according to their own taste.

Over the week end we will be returning to the exhibition to add some
prints in the salon adjacent to the exhibition and we will take some
photographs and post them on this blog.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

More of a New Series

We are also represented by Saatchi Art:

In our blog of 30th May we posted 
"And Venus Rises Red"
which Georgina intended to be the beginning of a new series of abstract images
similarly constructed but around different themes. Since then, we have been printing,
framing and setting up exhibitions day and night and so the sequel has taken rather
longer than intended.
Here are two more images to add to this series and it is intended that there
will be more when our current and upcoming exhibitions are over in mid-September.
It will be a breath of fresh air to have more time to be creative.

And the Moon Rises Blue

And the Sun Rises yet Rust Decays

Monday, 31 July 2017

Festival Arts & Vigne, Châtillon-en-Diois 2017

We are also represented by Saatchi Art:

On Sunday, 6th August, the 
Festival Arts & Vigne 2017
opens in Châtillon.
This is our sixth Festival and the second time that we will be exhibiting
in our own gallery adjacent to our house.  
The Village Gallery is fun and full of character but here we have an
established gallery and have decided not to use precious space in the
village and give ourselves the additional task of moving pictures,
lighting and ourselves.  Our gallery is a few minutes' walk from the centre
of the village.  Or, alternatively, a couple of minutes' drive (we have plenty
of parking).
We've found ourselves with a lot of exhibitions this year, perhaps rather too
many given the work involved.  But it's good to have been invited and 
difficult to refuse.  Later in August we have an exhibition at the
Ancien Monastère de Ste. Croix, just outside Die.  And in November we
will be exhibiting in Grenoble. 
Of course, our gallery will always be open when we are here and we usually are. 

We hope to see lots of friends, old and new, chez-nous.  We have
a lot of interesting work on display.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Forbidden City

Since our exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, six years ago, 
"Regards sur la Papouasie Nouvelle Guinéé"
we have been lucky enough to be invited to the opening of each year's
summer exhibition.
We remember how impressed we were by the "Japan" exhibition of 2010 and simply could not resist visiting Monaco for their  
"The Forbidden City" exhibition this year. 
We have been to The Forbidden City in Beijing several times ourselves, the first time in 1985, and wanted to renew and enrich the experience. 
We knew that the Grimaldi Forum's exhibition would be superlative, and it was. 
The icon of the exhibition was a portrait of the Emperor Kangxi
which was used as the cover of the accompanying catalogue and
the invitation.

We recommend this exhibition to anyone who has the chance to pass that way.

Our exhibition, now six years ago, (time flies) was promoted by a poster 
from one of our favourite images of a bride in one of the villages
of the Lai Valley near Mendi in the Southern Highlands of
Papua New Guinea.

We continue to work on and to offer limited edition prints from
our Papua New Guinea collection.  Please visit our
website to see more.  Or, should you have the opportunity,
visit our Summer Exhibition at our Gallery in
Châtillon-en-Diois in France where we live.

Monday, 26 June 2017


We're rushed off our feet at the moment which is nothing new.  We've been printing and framing new and existing work and preparing our Gallery for our new exhibition and the Festival Arts & Vigne, an annual event in Chatillon in August.

Predictably, the Gallery is spreading into the house where we have some large and convenient walls which will be very necessary at the end of this week when we wrap up our current exhibition in Chabeuil.  

Our garden here is being neglected but it still contributes a lot of pleasure
and, at the moment, a lot of soft fruit despite our vicious Spring
frosts this year.  The garden has also contributed some splendid Tulip seed
heads which Georgina dried a few years ago and has now transformed into a new and ethereal print.  Perhaps the beginning of yet another new series.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Our Latest Exhibition in our Gallery at La Conche

Summer has arrived with a vengeance and we have been busy printing and
framing some of our less familiar work.  And now we are as ready as
we ever will be and have some great pictures on show in our
Gallery de La Conche -  Summer Exhibition 2017.

Monday, 12 June 2017

An Evening to Remember: 4th June

Having passed the last few weeks in a frenzy of preparation  -  printing, framing, experimenting and editing our work for upcoming exhibitions  -  we didn't seem to have time for anything else.  The grass in the garden was about 50cm tall and was in need of urgent attention and some of it still is.

However, a few months ago we received a routine e-mail announcing local concerts which, though some of them seemed tempting, had always fallen foul of the 'always too busy' syndrome.  That's a pity.  We know it's a pity.  Perhaps
it's a modern disease to become involved with so much that one is always too busy.  Or perhaps this is a reflection of those wonderful days when some people, we believe, had staff.  Or at least you could employ somebody locally for a reasonable hourly wage without the fear of vicious official retribution.  Anyway, that's the way it is.  We had already persuaded ourselves that the Wednesday afternoon walks we take with the local association - Fleurs & Fontaines - which keeps open the walking paths around here and plants up the village as if it were their own garden - were more or less sacrosanct.  How much more time can one find?

The Evening to Remember took place on 4th June but then of course we've been too busy to even write anything down.  We need music and we've built up a quite impressive collection of CDs and DVDs, particularly of opera, and had settled for canned music at home as, after all, we do live in La France Profonde, several hours away from the nearest opera house and, in other respects, worlds away.  And, of course, we don't think we're alone in having become quite choosy about what we listen to, perhaps even slightly snobbish.  Standards of recorded music are so high today.

But when the name of Gabriel Garrido appeared on the routine e-mail coupled with Purcell's Dido & Aeneas and, to boot, the performance would be in a chapel just over the hill from here at Recoubeau, we had to go.  And we were right.  It was a perfectly blissful evening.

The chapel is quite small and a creaky stage had been added with a curtain at the back and that was about it.  That was enough.  Dido is an intimate opera and depends for its impact on a certain intimacy with the performers as what it lacks in profundity it makes up for many times over in every day human emotions, communicated to the audience, any audience.  We were particularly fortunate that our early booking gave us two of the best seats in the house.

Gabriel Garrido, Conductor/Director, had recreated a partially preserved Prologue composed by Purcell and he used other familiar Purcell music to add a certain amount of length and weight to the performance.  Indeed, during the performance Mr. Garrido added some delightful touches of his own including a very clever storm interlude partially enacted by the musicians with astonishing 'creaking boat' sound effects.  Other additional pleasures were guitar solos written for Daniel Morais (who was also playing the Theorbe) in the style of Purcell.

The Prologue was lovely setting the scene for the opera and we were not to be disappointed.  Isabelle Fallot makes a lovely Dido, looking and sounding in every way the part and bringing across the emotions to the audience with a conviction that one is not often lucky enough to experience.  Vincent Billier, Aeneas and her real life husband, with his resonant Base Baritone and his total involvement in the part filled the chapel with sound and emotion.  Marie-Laure Coenjaerts as Belinda, sang wonderfully and, again, put across her part with an intimacy so rare and simply not available from our canned music.  Katarina Vukadinovic, as the Enchantress, with her huge contralto, seemed to threaten the structure and put across more than just voice power.

There were no disappointments.  All performers were tremendous.  No less the musicians than the singers.  And Pavel Amilcar, the leader of the 8-strong orchestra was impressive both in his playing, his part in the direction and, in many ways, as an organiser of the event.

The opera is short but just right.  The quality of the performance, the singing and the playing were of the first order by any standards.  And there was hardly a dry eye in the house.  For critical anglophones, the performance was also a delight because of the impeccable English and outstanding diction of and understanding by the singers.

It was one of those rare events in life that uplift the spirit and reassure us that, even at the worst of times, life is definitely worth living and that culture and music are at the centre of our humanity  -  to be ignored, under-funded or derided at our peril.  We will be taking more notice of upcoming events in future.  Canned music, to some degree, protects us from one of the most alarming realities of our culture.  As the performers get younger and better and better, the audiences seem to be getting older and sparser with no doubt a profusion of hearing-aids to help with their enjoyment.  What can be done about this sad situation.

A personal Thank You to all the organisers and especially Dominique Wostyn
and l'Opera en Famille.