Sunday 15 January 2017


(Not) all my own work

That splash
The first canvas of the year
The brushes came out for the first time this year. But feeling lazy, and a little mischievous, I had a go at copying one of my heroes.

As I said a couple of weeks ago, David Hockney is a unique British artist. His Bigger Splash has been copied and parodied many times; not least by John Myatt. In the world of fakes, Myatt is the real deal. He did four years bird for conning the art world. These days he teaches fellow artists the tricks of the trade. And like all the best teachers (well, those who've done time) he's part mentor, part bully. I love the series he did for Sky Arts a few years back - this is the Hockney episode:


  1. I'm liking your painting John. I enjoyed the film too with the shouty painty outlaw. It seems that the splash Would be the most difficult part of this, breaking the even lines and smooth surface with an expressive explosion of white looks quite scary. It's a long time since my brushes touched paint, when I was inspired by Hockney's Some Very New Paintings in the 90's. Maybe like my songwriting, it's time to start again. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. The paintings you sent me yesterday were amazing. I 'ran' with one of them on the blog - I hope you don't mind...x

  2. Wow! Thank you! No, yes, of course not :-)