Thursday, 24 May 2012
Not creepy at all.
I was very pleased to learn that the painting above has been chosen for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I entered a couple of years ago without success and I am really pleased to be chosen his year.
I have had work in the exhibition before, but a very long time ago. It is a great British institution. How else would my work ever end up gracing the walls of the Royal Academy? It brings out a strange snootiness in critics, but I never really understand why. I always find things I like. And often I find things I like a lot.
The exhibition runs from the beginning of June until 14 August. There were over 11,000 entrants this year.
I showed this painting on Facebook and someone described it as 'creepy'. I think that may have to do with their expectations of me because of my writing. I certainly don't think of it as a creepy painting. It is a painting of a National Trust cottage on the Looe Pool near Porthleven in Cornwall. We stayed there the Christmas before my son was born. It was the last holiday we took together as a couple. It was one of those state of flux moments. Everything was about to change.
That's what I see when I look at that painting. I don't see a house in twilight. I see a kind of intake of breath - a moment of reflection before my son, and everything he brought to our lives, appeared in the world.