EXHIBITIONS-The Stuckist Art Show, Liverpool England

Nemesis

Richard Bledsoe “Nemesis” acrylic on canvas 16″ x 20″

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I am pleased to announce I was invited to contribute work to “The Stuckist Art Show and Summer Sale,” on display from July 8, 2016 – August 20, 2016, in Liverpool, England. I’m sending my newest completed painting, Nemesis, an image so mysterious even I don’t understand it yet.

Thirty artists are showing their work at View Two Gallery, an independent art gallery in Liverpool’s famed Cavern Quarter, a cultural hot spot famous for its role in launching the career of the Beatles.

The sale portion of the event features works of under $146.00 (once i figured up the pounds to dollars conversion). I’m contributing a piece to that which grew out of my fascination with theater and Samuel Beckett in particular: a character from the classic play “Waiting for Godot.”

LuckyRichard Bledsoe “Lucky” acrylic on canvas 12″ x 9″

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The show is taking part during the prestigious Liverpool Biannual so there will be lots of art lovers about. I am very excited to be part of the international phenomenon of Stuckism, the first Remodernist art movement, and truly the cutting edge of the artistic grassroots gone global.

Liverpool

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8 thoughts on “EXHIBITIONS-The Stuckist Art Show, Liverpool England

  1. Nemesis is an odd but intriguing painting. The male figure kneeling down naked is cartoonish. There are what appears to be three poppies, which could symbolize dream and death. Maybe in effect something vaguely like Redon’s pastels. One can’t quite tell if the naked figure is master of the alligator or trapped in fear of it. They could be extensions of each other, caught in a cycle of master and slave, each consuming the other, having some affinity to Ouroboros. Strangely, the alligator appears to howl like a wolf. Its head is tilted up and its mouth is open like a sound is coming out. The naked male figure kneels down like Narcissus just about to lean over and catch a glimpse of his reflection, but his hands are in the water like he just committed a murder and is washing off the blood. But the water remains blue. This sends one back to the thought that the kneeling naked figure could be just Narcissus-like. Crime: falling in love with his own reflection. Yet one returns to the vague idea of murder at the sight of the form directly above him against the sky, which looks in profile like it could be a pelvic bone. He looks a bit guiltily and ashamed out the corner of his eye, with an embarrassed smile on his face, like he might have done something disgraceful or wrong and is trapped in the moment of wondering whether or not he should turn himself in. Maybe he’s only guilty of masturbation. He doesn’t look like the kind of person who could commit murder. Nothing sinister or disturbing about him, and he’s as hairless as a baby. The alligator may be a manifestation of his conscience threatening to eat him.

  2. Wasn’t sure my interpretation would rub you the wrong way, Richard, but I’m glad it didn’t. I find it interesting that you entitled your painting “Nemesis”. There’s lore involving Narcissus and Nemesis. Nemesis cut down to size anyone who came into too much of a good thing, acting as a corrective and restorer of balance. It seems as if the alligator in your painting is Nemesis. It turns topsy-turvy what might be a more traditional and historic depiction.

    Your painting is odd, but then again I like odd works which get one looking afresh at a theme or subject, even to the point of subversion. One of the interesting things about your sensibility is that you have a kind of open naïveté and robust good faith that pushes you free of hipster irony. You don’t appear to possess that kind of excessive self-consciousness which becomes fed up with itself, and turns too witty and clever for its own good.

    A gift comes to any artist inspired or moved to make or draw or paint something of which he or she doesn’t know the exact meaning. Of course it has a great chance of turning into nonsense, but it has an equal chance of turning into something one might derive some pleasure trying to decipher and interpret.

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