Do have a look at my page on the RWSW website which has now gone live. Looking forward to my first exhibition with them in July at Oriel Y Parc, St Davids which will be a virtual exhibition initially, hopefully with a physical exhibition slot later in the year.
This film was shot on location at Rhosygilwyn mansion. The following quotations are taken from the DVD cover, further information about Glenn and Sean is below.
“Taiji is so much more than the physical form-the energy, chi, flows through and beyond the body filling the space around. Andie’s work reflects the ebb and flow of that energy in a way that no other medium can, giving a sense of that continuous stream of universal energy that we can all immerse ourselves in.” Sean Dowdall
“What interested me here was the contrast between Andie’s rapid energy and the measured concentration of Sean’s slow movements. The situation crackled with creative intensity-which even a sudden downpour failed to dampen. Indeed, Andie incorporated this chance intervention into the work.” Glenn Ibbitson
“The quiet energy of Sean’s Taiji, together with breathtaking vision by Glenn resulted in a Zen-like experience that was far beyond my wildest expectations. Thank you both.” Andie Clay
Further details about Sean and Glenn below.
Tai Chi, Sean Dowdall. http://www.dragontherapies.co.uk/
Painter and Film-maker. Worked as a scenic and storyboard artist with BBC before turning freelance to work in film and theatre. Moved to West Wales to develop his own painting and film projects. “Tatsuko” [2012: silent; B/W] has been shown in London and Tokyo. “A hauntingly beautiful, dramatically gripping yet enigmatic film ..the shots breathe the artistry of Antonioni, while the enigmatic yet intense story echoes Tarkovsky.” -Gillian McIver-Tanbouli: co-director Studio 75 London
This short film called ‘Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain’ was filmed as a three-way collaboration between myself, Glenn Ibbitson (film maker and painter) and Sean Dowdall (Tai Chi). The film was used in support of my recent successful application to the RWSW.
This July, my work will feature in a Royal Watercolour Society of Wales exhibition at Oriel Y Parc, St Davids. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition will be initially held online.
The theme for the show is ‘Vision and Heritage’, displaying work showing the landscape and life of Wales in all it’s varied forms and including images reflecting the diverse beauty of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
We are hoping the exhibition will physically be able to happen either later in the year or next year.
Image: ‘Land Marks – Cliff 5′
I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to exhibit alongside other professional artists whose work contains a focus on the versatility of water-based media on paper.
Showcasing my work within the Society’s lively exhibition programme at quality exhibition venues both within Wales and internationally, will bring new audiences to my work.
Image: ‘Being Inquisitive’
The 2017 Ceredigion Art Trail will offer visitors to artists’ studios a wide choice of medium, style and content. Check out the website which now has detailed information of 69 artists throughout Ceredigion. The Directory will be available in approximately 10 weeks time but if you are interested in an artist’s work and not able to visit during the Art Trail in August, do check out the website now to see which artists are open by appointment throughout the year.
Recently been updating both my copy and images on AXIS – check out the direct link below:
Quick background for those who have not heard about AXIS: it was founded in 1991 when all the images were sent in as colour slides and reproduced in black and white! An independent charity, a platform and network Axisweb supports the development, sharing and showcasing of contemporary art practice. Inspired by a determination to champion and reflect the valuable role artists have in society Axisweb quickly grew in size and moved onto much more sophisticated systems of showing the world art that is current. Axisweb Story We are committed to supporting and presenting contemporary art and the activities of contemporary artists and makers. Our work is guided by our charitable values: Encourage and enable new collaborations and opportunities with artists. Advance education of the public by promoting and developing engagement, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in the UK. Inspire new thinking, encourage public debate and inform best practice to contribute to better cultural engagement.
Always a relief to know that my sketchbooks have arrived safely in Brooklyn Art Library. The Sketchbook Project crew sent me this email today:
“Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project 2017! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 327.1-5.”
It will now take the crew between four and six weeks for my book to be digitised.
Sunny but breezy day in Cardiff earlier today for the Private View at Boundary Art. Interesting mix of work in 2D and 3D and excellent refreshments provided in the Chinese Tea Garden by Joan. First experience of Chinese tea ceremony for me, a great way to relax and soak up the ambience. Really pleased to have my work hung beautifully in front of faceted ceramics by Kin Leung. If you were unable to get to the Private View, the exhibition runs until 30th April. Gallery open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm. www.boundaryart.com
Have been busy filling my SBP Sketchbook for Brooklyn Art Library in New York (see earlier Blogs). I have drawn the Yang 88 Style of Taijiquan as it was being performed in front of me. No time for details, just focusing on grasping the essence and the energy flow of the form. I have been studying Tai Ji for 25 years now so this is a celebration of my quarter century. I do however still consider myself to be a beginner. It is supposed to take several lifetimes to master the art of Tai Ji.