A Place Further From Me

How do you paint a feeling?
In this series of paintings I attempted to find for myself an answer to this question. These paintings are what I feel are both failed and successful experiments. Experiments done firstly in the hope of furthering my knowledge of the material of paint itself; but also attempting to convey an emotion or idea influenced by a poem. To me the experience of reading an inspirational work or viewing a masterpiece can be quite similar and I hope to be able to discover this kind of human connection through my own art.

Several years ago a close friend sent me a Frank O’Hara poem. His poetry and my interest in this man have been with me ever since. As a poet, a writer and a curator with New York’s MoMA, he lost his life at the height of his career. Along the way he befriended many famous artists including Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline. It was my intention to paint scenes inspired by a collection of O’Hara’s poetry and incorporate the influence of O’Hara’s relationship with the American Abstract art movement.

I'm having a real day of it To the Harbormaster2 Noiseless snow1To the Harbormaster1

Having a coke with you



    1. Thank you! Some were inspired by whole poems and others certain lines.
      The cover painting was inspired by the poem ‘Mayakovsky’ and the lines,
      ‘Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern’
      The first painting, ‘Anxiety’
      ‘To the Harbormaster’, the second and fourth
      ‘Morning’, the third down but more so the line ‘I need you and I look outside at the noiseless snow’
      and the fifth one down, by the first lines of ‘Having a Coke with you’

      ‘Having a Coke with You’
      is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz,
      or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona
      partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier
      St. Sebastian
      partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for
      partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches
      partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and
      it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything
      as still…
      -Frank O’Hara


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