|Ten Years On
...Over ten years ago I had the great pleasure of working with two wonderful dancers, Kevin O`Hare and Monica Zamora. Monica was a young soloist and a star in the making, she was working along side already established dancers like Miyako Yoshida, Leticia Muller and Joe Cipolla. Kevin was another of the well established BRB principals and, during 1995 they were rehearsing together in the lead roles of Bathsheba and Sergeant Troy in BRB`s production Far from the Madding Crowd. The three act ballet (after Thomas Hardy) was due to stage its world premiere during February 1996.
I was able to attend dress rehearsals, but more importantly Kevin and Monica generously gave their time to recreate many of the pas de deux scenes and from these magical encounters I was able to prepare a comprehensive body of work including numerous studies and many works in oil on paper, prepared board and canvas.
Today there are just three remaining original oils, which ten years later I`m able to offer for sale at greatly reduced prices.
During 1997 I was invited to spend some time observing, sketching and taking photographs of the students at Birmingham`s famous DanceXchange Studios.
Of course, the dance academy was then housed within Birmingham`s Hippodrome Theatre, before the multi million pound investment in the superb facilities that exist today. In those days, particularly Saturday mornings, the whole place was a hive of activity with students of all ages, cultures and skills, all endeavouring to develop their art and realise their dreams... the atmosphere was electric and I enjoyed every minute, even the incessant noise of pounding pianos, the smell of embrocation and hard physical work as I sampled the various studios and stages of learning that were taking place.
The students and teachers alike were generous with their time and I was able to gather valuable references material and information, enabling me to put together an extensive body of work, including the series Future Primas from which a limited edition was issued during 1997.
There now remains just a few original works available at reduced prices
In 1997/8 I was fortunate enough to meet and work with a beautiful young Oriental girl by the name of Gar-Young Tang and she became my muse and inspiration for the body of work SUN GODDESS.
For my part this was another opportunity to revisit my deep interest in the Orient and all its mysteries. Within this body of work, it was not my intention to emulate the school of classical eastern work, that has become so popular in recent years, bur more to touch the strange lost world and the ambiguity of the oriental female within our modern culture.
Again there are just a few remaining works from the series...
All these works are in excellent condition, please make contact with any questions about the work, or to buy. We will ship mainland UK (free of charge) or you are welcome to visit the Studio by arrangement. Overseas shipment can be arranged at cost.