Dick Jones - I draw therefore I'm an Artist
I draw therefore I'm an artist.
I prefer not to analyse or conceptualise too much as that smacks of self-censorship. My art follows various directions such as Life Drawing, Music and playing with computers, and crosses various categories from Fine Art to Community Art to Design and beyond.
The music theme is because I'm a music fan. To me Music is magic cos' I can't do it. With Art I can so I'm less of a fan. However I hope that what I do is magic to you.
Get the picture.
I'm not sure I do either. Never mind, enjoy the Art and let it speak for itself.
Sax Break (a large painting of Andy Hamilton and Roy Forbes) wass on display in the 2003 Re-Location exhibition, Radioactive, in the old X-ray factory in Foundry Lane, Smethwick late last year.
24th January - 18th February, 2003. Gallery @ Gaia. In aid of Amnesty International,7 Regent Place, Leamington Spa,Warwickshire.
6th - 7th November, 2002.Terence Higgins Trust Art Auction.The Custard Factory, Digbeth,Birmingham.
8th September, 2002. Arts Fest 2002. Brindley Place, Central Square,Birmingham.
1st -29th March 2002, 7 Art group show at the Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston.
Summer 2002, Exhibition of Digital Prints in a Worx Artists block booking at the Crescent Theatre, Ladywood.
8th - 12th April, 2002, "Rhythm". Group Exhibition. The Worx Artists. Pershore Street, Birmingham.
November 2001. The View Belongs to Everyone, Gallery in the Trees Exhibition in the Lickey Hills Country Park. I exhibited a 7m high sculpture of the Tin Man (left)
Nov/Dec 1999, The Dogs Bollocks, Woodbridge Gallery, Moseley
Oct 1999, Graduate Exhibitions at theCandid Gallery, Islington.
July 1999, Beyond Degree, Woodbridge Gallery, Moseley
June 1999, Jubilee Trading Centre, Birmingham: Trainers Welcome
June 1999, School of Art, Margaret St, Birmingham: 99° BA Show.
June 1998. Margarets Treat, 2nd yr UCE show at the Custard Factory, Digbeth, I showed 2 Jazz paintings (right)
Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden: City Lit 50th Anniversary Show (July 1995)
Other early Working Mens College and the City Lit shows include include an Open College of the Arts show at the Working Mens College, Camden.
DESIGN, PUBLICATIONS ETC
Painting and designing hand painted childrens puzzles for Phoenix Distribution
Andy Gayle CD, "I Have a Dream" - Design - © Andy Gayle 2003
Van livery on a Ford Transit Jumbo for the African and Caribbeal Boys Assosciation - October 2002.
Tigers head sign for the Bengal Spice Restaurant in Bearwood and signage for the Norfolk Hotel in the Hagley Road - 2002
The Friends Institute Life Group webpage and promotional material - ongoing from 2000.
Look Into Ladywood, Community based Newsletter - Design, subbing and some writing and photography - from 2001
Luke Shingler CD, "Something That You Said..." - Design - © OYO Records 2000.
Various posters, flyers and other publications.
I have had work published in Open College of the Arts course books (1995):
Painting 2 - a drawing (a large self-portrait)
Painting 3 - two paintings (a large landscape & an Op-Art abstract)
This Website has been built by the Artist.
COMMUNITY & EDUCATION
2004 Ieaching Web Design ay Matthew Boulton College (HTML code) on the Access to IT course.
2003/4: Arts workshop for the launch of a young persons flat for the Fernbank Residents Assoc, West Heath (with Naziah Begum).
Ongoing from 2000: I help run the Tuesday night Life Study group at the Friends Institute, Moseley Road, Highgate.
Ongoing from 2001: Ladywood Community School of Music - I do finance and administation and work on funding applications
Summer 2002: I was a shadow artist on Gallery 37, an arts project working with 16-24 year olds, often from disadvantaged backgrounds
Summer term 2002: I taught Life Study on an evening class at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury College, Bournville.
Sept 2001: Animation Station - A video animation project run by Sabina Gollner of "It's About Time Productions" for Gallery in the Trees
2000: UFA - I taught digital camera and Photoshop to 8-14 year-olds on a Black History Month project run by the University of the First Age
Summer 2000: StArt - This project, run by artSites, is where I did my "Build a Butterfly Fingerpuppet" project at various sites round Birmingham, finishing up at the ArtsFest.
1999-2000: Various visual/performance projects at the Friends Institute and Stanhope Hall in Highgate, which included Shadow Shows, Puppetry and an interactive Painting (with Wendy Owen).
BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) at UCE(Birmingham); Grade: two one (1999)
OCN Certificate in DTP(Design) at Matthew Boulton. This is a Print orientated course (Quark/Photoshop/Illustrator), but it also covers HTML and Dreamweaver. (2001)