Monday, 6 November 2017

    Mary Wilson, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

    Twiggy, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

    Ronnie Spector, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

    Florence Ballard, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

    Florence Ballard II, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

     David Bowie, 2017 Acrylic on paper.

    IM021, 2017 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

    IM020, 2016 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

    IM018, 2016 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

    IM017, 2016 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

    IM016, 2016 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

    IM015, 2016 Acrylic on paper. 31 x 31 cm.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

    Not So Manic Now (Ockway House) 2016 Acrylic on
    canvas. 110 x 80 cm.

    Disorder (Soho rooftops), 2016 Acrylic on canvas. 
    110 x 80 cm.

    Station to Station (Baker Street), 2016 Acrylic on
    canvas. 110 x 80 cm.

    Grace, 2016 
    Acrylic on canvas. 110 x 80 cm.

    Girl from Sissi III, 2016 
    Acrylic on paper. 110 x 80 cm.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Clear Line Clash, 2nd - 31st of July at Orbital Comics.

Land of the Giants

From the iceage to the doleage / there is but one concern

To misquote Steven Patrick Morrissey; some girls are indeed bigger than others. And while the cast of giantesses in Carl Stimpson’s most recent paintings certainly take some beating in this regard, scale is not simply a question of perspective. Who are these monstrous glamour girls and where have they come from? Why do they appear to stalk the rooftops of an unpeopled, anachronistic London?

For over a decade, Stimpson’s practice has drawn on a variety of sources in the development of both its form and content – namely the ‘ligne claire’ technique inaugurated by Belgian cartoonist and Tintin creator, HergĂ©; latetwentiethcentury British popular music and the trademarks of wellknown industrial brands.

While the paintings may deliberately ape the graphic simplicity and bold visual language of their pop cultural references, this belies the intricacy of the methods undertaken in the process of their composition. These involve (among others) the use of photography, Photoshop and the painstaking, letterbyletter extraction of text from Tintin comics. Once this process of collage and digital manipulation is complete, the image is transferred to acetate and projected on to paper for the next study to be made. At this point the photographic source material is refined and translated into‘clear line’ and inked in for colour reference. This study is then transferred to acetate to be projected on to canvas, at which point the final painting is executed.

On these canvases, paint application and brushwork are unerringly democratic — an eyelash is treated with the same care and attention as the tail of a letter ‘e’. Partly this ‘allover’ technique is borne out of fidelity to the mechanically printed methods used to produce those images that Stimpson references throughout his work. But a commensurate result is one of flattening and consolidation — creating a kind of parallax effect whereby the viewer’s attention often fluctuates between an assumed background and foreground. In this way, the paintings are always already interrogating the veracity of their own invented world as well as our own cultural fascination with images and their ultimate (un)reliability. In this most recent body of work we are also witness to a hitherto unseen selfreflexive experiment whereby images or characters from older paintings appear on billboards in Underground stations or on the sides of buildings; adding another layer of fictive density and uncanniness.

The deployment of brand trademarks (of products used by the artist over a number of years) has become increasingly prominent in recent works. For Stimpson, these brands have taken on the nature of talismans — the touchstones of his working life. By lovingly tracing the bounding lines of these brand names, the painter, rather than necessarily reaffirming them, perhaps actually divests them of their linguistic integrity – the walls do, in fact, come tumbling down. Similarly (though conversely) oblong tower block windows can be seen to incant the blank ‘I’ of their unknowable subjects — each representing the anonymous life of its occupant(s).

The use of pop song lyrics superimposed onto the images creates yet further possibilities of interpretation and narrative disjuncture. While the pop songs from which these lyric utterances derive could be considered the wellspring of Stimpson’s creative imagination, their inclusion in these paintings often provides not clarification, but rather, further obfuscation.

Through the dogged exploration of his own obsessions and desires, Stimpson pulls us through the looking glass into a topsyturvy world in which colossi roam and brutalist architecture sings. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

From 2nd - 31st of July Orbital Comics will be hosting Clear Line Clash an exhibition of new paintings. The private view will be taking place on the 2nd of July.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

From the 24th to the 28th of March I’ll be showing some of my work along side the sculptures of Tim O'carroll and the paintings of Frederick Thackeray-Vincent.
Our exhibition will be taking place in Soho, London on the 1st floor of the lovely Georgian building of 49 Greek street. 
The Private view will be held the evening of Thursday 24th March 6-9p.m.
Hope you can come and have a look/drink with us.
Union Trade-
The wand and lasso are no longer the reserve of magicians and cowboys. The allure of beautiful women, the subtle veneer of oils and common material pushed to excess. Find them here, in a show of painting and sculpture.
Carl Stimpson’s analog practice has focused on producing strange new narratives from a host of cut and pasted comic book images.
Tim O’Carrolls abstract, process-based creations spontaneously combine ephemeral, cheap media such as card, foam and wax into beautiful bronze sculpture.
Fred Thackeray-Vincent’s paintings stem from places long forgotten, from things which have yet to be, and of substances that hang in between. 
This show preserves a workman like ethic, made of those who closely hone a craft and with diligent care for their materials. Further statements, studies, post cards, sketches and more will be available on attendance of the private view.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

    Smash Smash!, 2015 Acrylic on found, framed oil 
    painting. 51 x 77 cm.

    Editions Of You, 2015 
    Acrylic on canvas. 110 x 80 cm.

    Five Years, 2015 Acrylic on 12” Single Sleeve. 
    31 x 31 cm.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    Car showroom, New York, c.1955. 
    2015 Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 cm.

    Maggie's Farm, 2015 Acrylic on canvas. 110 x 80 cm.

    Walls Come Tumbling Down, 2015 Acrylic on canvas.
    Two panels, 120 x 80 cm overall.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    Trellick, 2015 Acrylic on canvas. 23 x 23 cm.

    Goodbye, Snowy!, 2015 Acrylic on found print.
    24.5 x 19.5 cm.

    He was near this this tree, 2015 Acrylic on found print.
    24.5 x 19.5 cm.