Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nude; monotype; John Thomson


Nude, monotype, 10.1 x 18 cm

I am pleased to announce my return to monotype. I may just do monotypes in Uruguay. Why not? I have bought a range of papers to experiment with. It is most important to have a sense of delight, of play, in artistic pursuits.  

And there is something about the way that monotype forces you to be rapid that liberates one. For every good result, however, there are three or four duds. 

The medium is limited, especially when it comes to creating spacial depth- though with a press you can get a wider tonal range and therefore suggest more depth. But I am hand pressing these and therefore effects I can achieve are less sophisticated.


John Thomson

A Canton Junk

Following from the theme of travel and image-making- I came across the work of John Thomson, a Scottish photographer from the 19th century who went to China, Thailand and Cambodia.

I feel tremendous respect for Scottish culture of the Victorian period and early 20th century for producing so many adventurous and ambitious figures. Is this spirit still alive? 

Thomson with two Manchu soldiers, Xiamen, Fujian.

China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson, can be seen  at the Brunei Gallery, London, until June 23. 


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