Victor Vasarely – his part in my Art Rising

Blanc / Black
Tic  /  Tac
Plip  /  Plop

The sounds of contrast that I hear when the works of Victor Vasarely are ‘viewed’ by my ears are linked to the motions I feel when seeing the shadows cast by clouds onto undulating hills.  As the shadows pass the grass and I try to capture their motion in some static moment with my linear experiments,  what looked good at a distance I tear away from its land reef and deposit on canvas as I miss the natural scene of landscape slipping by each time I avert my eye.

By tomorrow, today will be gone, whilst I sit and draw, I think, ‘why would the function of energy be to record and store when our Natural instinct is to look and look more?’

My natural instinct is to use time to think and use art to spark re-think.  For a few year, like any good Renaissance artist, I painted hundreds of scenes that recorded the historical and social.  Each scene however, like Blake’s infinity in a grain of sand,  created a drawing that, if I had allowed it, would have drawn me in like an adventure story without ending. I would still be painting my first canvas like some human fractal needing an ever thinner pencil point.

Pencil to pen:

N.B., pencil to pen is grey to black Noir / Black
At the point of ink, the thinking becomes thought, fixed as waterproof guidelines.
The drawing can be given life on display or can be put away.
It can be sold, grow old on a wall, and may seem to live its future unchanged, but the artist in Nature is at work trying to recycle its component parts. For me, that too is the art and in 2017 in the HoBB Gallery exhibition ‘Decay’s Not Rot’,  water, fire, wind, fungus and sunlight were all used as art tools on a stage usually crowded with art conservators.

Space – the biggest gap between knowing and learning
Life – the hardest trap

Exchange – the first start
Rearrange – the way of being

Victor – today’s weather
Vasarely – halves together

Once you can communicate,
Speak your worth.

Once you can draw,
Add your values.

Once you understand,

Some of the tracks to Belle Isle
Appear like petal falls,
Their gathered pattern
In ever-flux

Laws of wave and particle dance
Create a mind flow distraction
Whilst the Tick Tocks
The Plip Plops and
Life rocks
From each wake to sleep.

Never the parting heralded
Never the arrival stifled.

Heart  /  Soul


A circle of dots appear as animated
but blink, fast enough, and all are still.

A life seems punctuated by events
but live long enough and life becomes nil.

Vasarely would suggest that all is a plastic in motion
that we animate, along with all other energized forms.

A heart beat away.
Co-ordinated impulses set to rhythms
We eat to feed.

What we know we cannot say.
We just grow
To fit some need.

Further reading on Vasarely

Architecture Without Architects

This perspective sketch of a rural house for the Savery family of Shropshire, UK, left my studio recently, on its way to a planning meeting.

The project was a rare chance to create a series of presentation drawings for a caring builder who runs his own sawmill and who makes such a special effort to include feature timbers in his designs.

In my own projects, I draw only a few lines between sculpture and architecture. Instead of trying to “conquer” Nature as most modern architects do, I try to draw my designs out of their location. Here’s a ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot of some stone stairs I designed around future tree root growth. Layers of non-biodegradeable padding and airtex have been included to ‘direct’ growing roots back into the hillside to form a strong ‘footing’ against future high winds.





When designing your own garden feature or house,
the more attention you pay to detail,
the less problems you’ll have with it over time.

I sketch out every feature when designing a product, a landscape or an entire house. In my following house design for a US developer, I sketched out everything from garage flood defences, kitchen/bathroom/s layouts to carpet weaves and lighting. This is to get a full feeling for the home which develops from the house. In this way, each facet of my designwork holds true when combined.


Tomorrow Design

I usually sketch practical buildings that are buildable now using existing building materials and present technology.

When I do not need to be guided in this by my clients, I enjoy designing that which would be hard or difficult to construct using present technologies.  This is an example of a Moonbase created for a book on Space adventure:

If you are also interested, as I am, in the study of intuitive living, non-formal and non-classified communal architecture, I recommend the book “Architecture Without Architects” by Doctor Bernard Rudofsky who has written a number of other interesting books including ‘Are Clothes Modern’, ‘Streets For People’ and ‘The Unfashionable Human Body’.

Book Photo by kind permission of World of Water reference library. #cat.gja.000364