36 hours in Bristol

Bristol we will be back!

36 hours was not enough. After leaving our house at 4am for our flight to Bristol we hit the ground running when we landed in Bristol going straight in to the city, stopping off for breakfast (in Pinkman’s Bakery) and then on to a museum before rocking up at 11am for a Street Art Walking Tour that I had booked on line. However, the most exciting thing was that we happened upon our very first Banksy in the wild literally as we walked along the road as we looked for somewhere to have breakfast. Just brilliant!

After the walking tour (it was excellent) we got to our hotel by 2pm and checked in. I had booked a superior suite so we had access to the executive suite where we had time for a relaxing drink before we got a taxi to the stunning Everyman Theatre for the Bristol Independent Film Festival where the Pigsy documentary was being screened. We saw some excellent films and when the festival finished we made our way to the very cool Quay St. Diner for dinner.

Then on Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast before making our way to the nearest bus stop to get out on an open top bus for a tour all over the city and even out to Brunel’s suspension bridge which we were very interested in seeing. After the bus tour we took a walk down the docks and visited the M Shed Museum which was very interesting and we got to see another Banksy - the one that he painted on the side of the Thekla boat. At this point we had enough walking so we went over to the little arthouse Watershed Cinema where we took in the Polish movie “Cold War”. After the film it was off to Spitfire for wings before we got on the bus back to the airport for our flight home to Ireland.

Phew we did so much!

All in all, we thought Bristol was a cool chilled out hip city and we look forward to returning again.

Here’s a few pics from the weekend.



Getting set for my next showing

I've lots of work to get done in order to get ready for my next showing as part of The Other Art Fair London. Flights & accommodation are booked and now I have to organise shipping of my art.

Before I could make shipping arrangements the final selection of art needed to be made. There is only one man who can make that final selection and that is curator Kemp

Kemp called yesterday and spent the afternoon looking at the pieces that I had selected for the show. He is honest, critical and doesn't hold back - which is exactly what I need.

Kemp curating with the assistance of Bones

Kemp curating with the assistance of Bones

So now that the final selection is made, I got down to laying out the fair space and deciding what piece goes where.

So with final selection made, along with the decision how it will be hung, the next thing is for the info sheet to be completed which outlines each piece and gives the background on each one - again this is for the main man - curator Kemp!  Watch this space......

For info about The Other Art Fair and for details on complimentary tickets, click here. Use the code McCoyComp for complimentary tickets.

I look forward to seeing you at the fair - look out for me on stand no. 99!

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Preparations for The Other Art Fair London

I'm proud to announce that I will be taking part in The Other Art Fair in London on the 4-7 of Oct.

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Currently I am working on selecting pieces to bring to the exhibition.

"The Extra-Ordinary Crucified for You" is the centre piece of my show and is the starting point for selecting the rest of the works.

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If you would like to attend The Other Art Fair in London, click here and use the promotional code "MCCoyComp" for complimentary tickets. 

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Connemara: In the footsteps of Charles Lamb

After spending a weekend in Carraroe, I can see why the artist Charles Lamb spent his life there painting scenes of everyday folk working in Connemara.

I spent time by Loch an Mhuilinn (Mill Lake) which was stunningly beautiful and very peaceful. It was brilliant to be able to climb down to the lakeside, due to it being very low after a Summer of drought in Ireland, and listen to the waves lapping the shore.

Here's a few pics I captured over the weekend:

Loch an Mhuillinn

Mike TV

Film maker Mike Andrews was back filming me at work in my studio for his documentary. It was a chilled out day. I like to just get on with it and paint away. I think this works for Mike too!

Look out for news about this short film very soon.....

Pigsy in his studio

Mike sent the above photo to me today. I love the angle he took it from. It is great to have pics of me working.

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Chris Burden

Back in 2006 I surprised my wife with a trip to Paris the day after she finished her finals. It was an amazing trip - we stayed in a small hotel that had been recommended on the George Hook radio show. It was in a great location near the Jardin du Luxembourg (where, rumour has it, Hemingway shot pigeons for his dinner when he lived in Paris).

We had a super time in Paris, whiling the time away in small bistros and drinking wine and eating lots of cheese in-between visiting museums and art galleries (my favourite was the Picasso Museum but I also enjoyed the Musee d'Orsay).

We also made a visit to the Georges Pompidou Centre to appreciate both the architecture and the art. We saw both Kandinsky and Pollock in the Pomidou Centre along with work by an artist that stuck with both my wife and I for years to come, even though we couldn't remember the artists name.

Over the years after our Paris trip we would discuss the art we had seen and in particular the films of that artist who "put wooden ladders in a room that had a plastic coated floor which was then flooded with water while an electric current was sent through the water - all while people stood on the ladders". We each had different thoughts on this work but we agreed that we thought it was something to do with the fragility of life and how we are all in our general lives at all times very close to death by the situations that we put ourselves in. I don't know if this was actually the artists intention to convey this message but that indicates the subjectivity of art - this is what my wife and I got from it.

The other piece we saw was what we now know is called "Shoot". This involved the artist being filmed while he was shot on the arm by someone. Whoa!!  You can not believe how this piece stuck with us. Many a time I mentioned this art work to friends in discussions about modern art and what is art. It certainly got the conversation going!

Anyway flash forward over 10 years and I am browsing Netflix. and up pops a recomendation for me. It is "Burden" about artist Chris Burden. I click in and not long after I realise it is about the artist above that I had seen all those years ago in Paris. I had never known his name!

Click here for the trailer for "Burden"

It was interesting to watch all about "Shoot" with a fresh perspective but it was also brilliant to see all of his work beyond the two pieces we had seen. In particular, the much replicated "Trans-fixed" where he was suggestively crucified on a Volkswagon Beetle which was extremely thought provoking for me.

Watching this documentary brought me to a new level of appreciation and understanding of this artist. I began to understand that what he was working on is performance art and that it was very much based on ideas and activities rather than creating art work for the commercial art market. It is about making art for art's self. What a noble ideal.

Read more about Chris Burden here.