Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Exhibiting at START art fair


I will be showing a new body of work at the START art fair in the saatchi gallery from the 10th to the 13th of September 2015.
 


Gold leaf and egg tempera on Gesso panels.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Wednesday, 10 December 2014








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Monday, 18 August 2014




















Turning star dust into paint

This border design (like most of my work this year) was painted using hand made paint with both natural and synthetic pigmnts.  Some semi precious stones were used including Lapis Lazuli, Malachite and Cinnibar.  I have also used the synthetic colours Chrome Yellow, and French Ultramarine.
I learnt how to make paints using natural pigments both from my Tutor Ajay Sharma in Jaipur and also from David Cranswick who is a visiting tutor at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, he also runs amazing workshops as part of  the open programme course at the school.  

Here are some photos of the paint making process using Azurite:



 I have also used a combination of gold gilding ( on the large sections of gold)  and Shell gold for the smaller areas of gold.  Shell gold is made by grinding gold leaf with gum arabic to form a paint.  It is called shell gold because it is traditionally stored in shells.
Gold and all elements heavier than iron are formed during the end of a star's life in super nova stella explosions.  Explosions that temporarily give off more light than entire galaxies.

I love the idea of releasing a colour in the form of a  rock that has been underground for billions of years.  The universe has already mixed a perfect colour, no further mixing is required to make it more beautiful.  Through the slow process of making paint one becomes more conscious of the colours celestial origins.



























Pigments from Desmond Lazaro







work in progress, Silver paint on indigo paper






  

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Leaf From the Tree of Paradise

A LEAF FROM THE TREE OF PARADISE
This painting is 6ft tall.  It is painted using hand made yellow ochre paint on dyed indigo linen.  This  Image is inspired by a hadith (saying of the prophet) I came across that says; 
“In Paradise there is a tree in whose shade a horseman would be able to ride for a hundred years,”
This is just one leaf from that tree. 



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A ROW OF TRES
This painting is a collaboration with Vinita Sharma.  My design, Vinita’s execution.  Hand made Pigment paint on hand made paper.


Thursday, 7 August 2014


Ajay Sharma is in Town!



This week I am helping my good friend and Master Ajay Sharma run a workshop in Mughal miniature painting at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.  It is going very well so far.   He will be showing work this evening and selling some paintings tomorrow from 5 o’clock onwards.  An amazing opportunity to acquire the work of a master for very reasonable prices.!  Get here soon as last year  they sold very fast.  Spread the word.


http://www.psta.org.uk/openprogramme/164/









Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Prince of Wales visit

 Had a great day last week showing his Royal Highness around the exhibition.

 It was an honour to receive the Ciclitira prize for outstanding work.

 The Ciclitira family and I with hobbit Buck senior round the back.

The 9ft tall school's director, Dr Khaled Azzam and the 8.5ft tall Trustee and Chairman of the school, Sir G. David Green. 

        Dad and the Prince of Wales talking about cob houses.




Thinking Like a Mountain
By Aldo Leopold






Lost  
A native American Elder was asked,
“What shall we do if we get lost?”
Stand still.  The trees before you and the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is a place called here,
and you must treat it as a powerful stranger
both asking to know and be known.
Listen.  The forest whispers,
“I have made this place, you can leave and return once again
saying, here.”
No two trees are the same to Raven,
no two branches the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a branch does is lost on you,
you are truly lost.
Stand still.  Listen.
The forest knows where you are.
Let it find you.
by David Wagoner
Horse Chestnut Tree



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Study sheet displaying the process of painting an English tree in an Indian way

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Animal Tower
All the animals from 'The Forest' painting below have got themselves into a tower.



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Friday, 4 July 2014

The Forest


The Forest



 93 x 75 cm Hand made paint on hand made paper


I am happy to announce that this painting received the runner up prize at the art fair ‘Art in Action’  in the best of the best exhibition.  Voted for by all the other 400 exhibiting artists, thanks guys.


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I have sold almost everything at my degree show, so this week is the last chance to see my most recent body of work all together.  Come see the forest that I have been painting for the past 6 months.  It is being exhibited at The Prince's Scool of Traditional Arts until Lunch time the 11th of July.  The Gallery will be open from 10am until 9pm Mon to Fri. 10 till 4 on Saturday. 


















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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

I and other graduate students will be exhibiting work at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts MA degree show.  It will open to the public on the 1st of July until the 10th.  19 -22 Charlotte Road.  Come along!


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Putting together a Geodesic dome with Jonathan Horning in Geometry class



Geometry in progress



In the words of my tutor Paul Marchant 'You don't do geometry, geometry does you'.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

My crazy father, Michael Buck is going to be on channel 4's 'George Clarke's Amazing Spaces' showing his cob house in Oxford. It's on this Thursday at 8pm.   Check it out. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces/episode-guide

http://michael-buck.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 4 October 2013

Indian Miniature





KEDAR RAGINI , Naturl pigment paint on antique paper.
An Ash smeared Yogi and devotee sit under a tree beneath a crescent moon on a calm and still night.
 This image was painted in an Indian miniature class at The Princes School of Traditional Arts.  I am grateful to our tutor; the master Pichhwai painter  Desmond Lazaro for his guidance and expert insight.  And his selection of beautiful pigments prepared in Pondicherry.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Monday, 23 September 2013




One of my paintings is going to be in this new book.
http://www.psta.org.uk/news/56/







Wednesday, 17 July 2013