‘The 100’ #22 – Frame Game…

Frame Game… – by clinock. 11″ x 14″. Mixed Media Collage on paper.


Another oldie from the vaults as I am still engaged in a creative hiatus (the river is running fast but fishing is slow!)


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‘The 100’ #21 – Passages 3…

Passages 3… – by clinock. 8″ x 10″. acrylic, photocopies, text, pen, cold wax finish; on cradled panel.

To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees. Paul Valery

I am still on my ‘Painting Break’ which has turned into a Drawing Break. I have discovered a series of drawings that need resolving and am in the process of conversing with them. I am posting Passages 3 to keep in touch and to keep my blog alive. I will post the drawings when they are finished.

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‘The 100’ #19 – Passages 1…

Passages 1… – by clinock. 8″ x 10″. acrylic, photocopies, text, pen, cold wax finish; on cradled panel.

We travel the passages of blue light. Our findings are beyond words, yet words haunt our passage. They define what we wish would remain undefined. They label our experience and insist on connections. We are blinded by words and cannot see the beauty of the unnamed. Shall we fragment the labels? Shall we tear apart the signs and signals? Can we summon the courage to go beyond?

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‘The 100’ #18 – Jean-Michel Basquiat

LNAPRK by Basquiat. 1982

Arguably the most famous American street graffiti writer who became a wildly successful gallery artist was Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 –1988). In 1976 Basquiat and friends spray painted buildings in Lower Manhattan using the tag, SAMO. In 1978 the Village Voice published an article about the graffiti, leading in 1979 to Basquiat’s appearance on the live TV show ‘TV Party’ hosted by Glenn O’Brian. O’Brien introduced Basquiat to Andy Warhol and the two became friends and collaborators.

Continuing his activities as a graffiti artist, Basquiat often incorporated words into his paintings. Before his career as a painter began, he produced punk-inspired postcards for sale on the street, and become known for his political–poetical graffiti. He would often draw on random objects and surfaces and typically covered them with text and codes of all kinds: words, letters, numerals, pictograms, logos, map symbols and diagrams

Man from Naples by Basquiat. 1982

Artforum magazine published an article on Basquiat in 1981, called “The Radiant Child” which brought Basquiat to the attention of the art world and by 1982 Basquiat was showing regularly with famous gallery Neo-expressionist artists such as Julian Schnabel and David Salle.  When Andy Warhol died in 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his heroin addiction and depression grew more severe. Basquiat died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio in New York.

The Dutch Settlers 1 by Basquiat.

The record price for a Basquiat painting was made on May 15, 2007, when an untitled Basquiat sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $14.6 million US.

In 1996, a biographic film, titled ‘Basquiat’ was released, directed by Julian Schnabel, with actor Jeffrey Wright playing Basquiat and David Bowie playing Andy Warhol.

‘The 100’ #17 – Please You…

Please You. 8" x 6". Acrylic & mixed media on cradled panel. (mix med #3)

Please You… – by clinock. 8″ x 6″. acrylic and mixed media on cradled panel.

If I please you, I feel good –  supported and confirmed in my sharing – but I believe that I am not doing what I do essentially to please you. If I please myself, I feel an initial pleasure followed by doubts and a need to please you. This is my paradox…

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‘The 100’ #16 – Art is Ripped from Me…

Art is Ripped from me… – by clinock. 2.5″ x 3.5″. collage with photocopies, pen and text; on card.

Art is ripped from me – I am velcroed into my concept of reality and then zzzrrrriiiippppttt – Art tears me away…other doors open and I am transported into another landscape, another world…how can I survive here? – it is so intense, so surreal, so very deep…



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