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Strawberry Field (No one I think is in my tree), Liverpool. Monday, 30 September 2019.

ART

Keith Haring Tate – Liverpool

PV Windows and Floorboards – Rose Wylie, 2014 – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The Liver Building, Liverpool – Laurence Stephen Lowry, 1959, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Bridget Riley – Scottish National Gallery

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage – Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art

Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Lady Lever Art Gallery – Port Sunlight Village, Wirral

BOOKS

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – Tim Riley

Year Of The Monkey – Patti Smith

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead – Olga Tokarczuk

The Death Of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave

Basquiat A Graphic Novel – Paolo Parisi

MUSIC

After two recent trips to Liverpool I have become a little obsessed with The Beatles! Of course I have always liked them but now I hear them in a different way. Compelling, mesmerising and inspiring I am still

in awe at their brilliance and sit at their feet to absorb creativity! Sitting in Strawberry Field last month was one of those truly profound moments in life.

The Beatles (white album) – The Beatles

Let It Be – The Beatles

Abbey Road – The Beatles

Approximately Infinite Universe – Yoko Ono

Milk And Honey – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Imagine – John Lennon

Crocodiles – Echo & the Bunnymen

Wings Of Desire Soundtrack

Free & Zombie Birdhouse – Iggy Pop

Power To The People And The Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits – Public Enemy

Supper – Smog

Bitches Brew – Miles Davis

FILM/TV

Joker – Todd Phillips

Distant Voices Still Lives – Terence Davies

Werckmeister Harmonies – Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky

As Good As It Gets – James L. Brooks

Ad Astra – James Gray

The Frankenstein Chronicles – Sean Bean

Children Of Heaven ­– Majid Majidi

I Am Ali – Clare Lewins

Nebraska – Alexander Payne

LIKES

Liverpool

The Pen Factory, The Art Bar, The Grapes and Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

Double Fantasy, John & Yoko – Museum Of Liverpool

Patti Smith – Kelvin Grove Bandstand

Linda McCartney Retrospective – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

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Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health exhibition – Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

BBC Radio 4 – Desert Island Discs, Wendell Pierce

Topping and Company Booksellers, Edinburgh

QUOTATIONS

“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”  – John Lennon

“Nothing is real” – John Lennon

“No one I think is in my tree” – John Lennon

"Art has always been to me a stimulating influence; it has always taught me without upbraiding me; elevated me without humbling me; and appealed to me because of the fact that only the best and truest in art survives... Art can be to everyone an inspiration. It is within the reach of all of us..." – Lever at the opening of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, 16 December 1922

A3 Poster - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

I recently designed another A3 poster for the Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh in October.

Out of Sight Out of Mind is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival year-round programme and features digital artwork, installations, films, projections, animations, sculptures, photography, paintings and drawings from people who have personal experience of mental health issues.

This year’s theme is ‘connected’.

I wish they wouldn't. My wish, Double Fantasy John & Yoko, Museum of Liverpool. Thursday 25th July 2019.
Keith Haring, Tate Liverpool.
River Mersey and Albert Dock from Museum of Liverpool window. Wednesday, 24 July 2019.
John Lennon, Double Fantasy John & Yoko, Museum of Liverpool. Friday, 26 July 2019.

“But I had a vision of unearthly beauty, and that is why I was able to live at all. Liverpool is the “pool of life.” – Carl Jung Memories, Dreams and Reflections

I made a trip to Liverpool last week primarily to see the Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool. However, I found the city to be astonishing and to be honest it kind of eclipsed the Haring exhibition, as good as that show was for me.

Anyway, the Haring exhibition is the first major UK exhibition of the artist and activist and displays 85 artworks in all their impactful glory.

I really love that New York art scene of the 1980s and was fortunate enough to visit in 1980 (I’ve often wondered if I inadvertently saw any original SAMO © graffiti!). Haring was an evangelist of his generation’s counterculture and was inspired by graffiti, pop art and the underground club culture. He also worked with like-minded artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat and designed a record cover for David Bowie so all the boxes are ticked for me!

His work responded to the urgent issues of the era including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment. Sad to say that the beat goes on however, I found the work to be beautiful, moving, humorous, angry, playful and profound. It still resonates and has a bold energy. He was a beautiful soul . . .

I also visited the Walker Art Gallery: one of the finest art galleries in Europe, and home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.

The gallery is absolutely brilliant and I was delighted to find PV Windows and Floorboards by Rose Wylie (I really love Wylie’s work) and The Liver Building, Liverpool by L S Lowry (a true original) amongst many more known and unknown finds.

The exhibition that absolutely captivated me was Double Fantasy John & Yoko at the Museum of Liverpool. I visited this 4 times in 4 days! I can’t add anything to the mountain of words written about these two fascinating people except to say that the effect it had on me was profound; I was intensely moved and uplifted. Here is a link to the exhibition. The first photograph above is my wish on the wish trees.

Finally, the architecture (especially the 2 Cathedrals), the energy, culture and history of the city are amazing. I hope this new stimulus creeps into my work in some way as I remember and then drop my bucket into the “pool of life”.