abstract art, a systems view

At the Midlands Open Exhibition 2011

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I submitted three paintings to the Midlands Open Exhibition 2011 at the Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington:

They chose to show this one, (with the wrong title). It looks OK in the space above the stairs.

At the private view I met friends I haven’t seen for some time, including one whom I haven’t seen for thirty years. My brother-in-law visited too but I never actually saw him. Sorry Brian, and thank you all for your support.


Here’s my friend Richard looking at the wonderful painting ‘curled up’, by fellow art blogger Rachael Pinks, who was also at the private view.


Written by Andy Parkinson

November 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

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  1. Congratulations! Your paintings are really striking, an exhibit well deserved.


    November 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

  2. Congratulations on the show. I really love your optical paintings. The center one really moves.

    Martha Marshall

    November 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

  3. Thank you for your comments Martha, so nice to get some positive feedback!

    Andy Parkinson

    November 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  4. Gorgeous artworks! Good luck and much success


    November 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  5. Was good to see you again & your work looked really striking: you had a good spot where other work didn’t affect viewing your piece!

    Rachael Pinks

    November 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  6. Congratulations! I love them all.


    November 14, 2011 at 3:06 am

  7. Thank you Mariekazalia, Rachael and Alissa.

    Yes, Rachael I agree that above the stairs was a very uncluttered spot. My wife, Dawn made the same observation.

    At the private view, also being as packed as it was, it was quite difficult to get to see everything properly. There were a lot of people around where your work was and there was a lot of work on that wall too. However, on normal day that will be a prime spot. Though I really love packed private views, I am looking forward to going back there when it is a little less busy!

    I entered an open show earlier this year, and didn’t get in, with a large painting that had florescent colours and ‘big’ optical effects. When I saw the show later, I realised how difficult it would have been to accept my piece, even if they had liked it, where would they have put it where it would have looked OK?

    Curating an open show must be a challenge. When they were making decisions about this open, I would love to have been a ‘fly on the wall’ (only metaphorically of course!)

    Andy Parkinson

    November 14, 2011 at 7:36 am

  8. Congratulations!


    November 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

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