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Today I did another painting on paper and started a new Heckel’s Horse for Billy to probably finish, probably next week. The Heckel’s Horse is after a photo Billy had lying around in the studio. I only use visual reference for Heckel’s Horse and Heckel’s Horse Jr. paintings now. As much as I enjoy working from visual reference, it has no artistic satisfaction. They’re lunch break crosswords. One yard tap ins. The giant piss takes of my catalogue.
The Stuckism manifesto claims existing objects block access to inner worlds. They could have narrowed ‘existing objects‘ down to ‘visual references‘. Unless you’re Cezanne, it’s not going to work. The two paintings below are perfect examples. One from imagination. One from photo.
My next exhibition:
Exhibition Title: Heckel’s Horse Jr.
Venue: Highgate Gallery at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
11 South Grove
London N6 6BS
8th March 2024, 6 – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs until
21st March 2024
Heckel’s Horse Jr. is not to be confused with Heckel’s Horse.
Heckel’s Horse Jr. is an alias used by Edgeworth Johnstone. Under this alias, Johnstone paints works based on Heckel’s Horse paintings in his home studio in Muswell Hill, London.
Heckel’s Horse is a painting collaboration between Billy Childish and Edgeworth Johnstone. Since 2013, Childish and Johnstone have made roughly 200 paintings together, at Childish’s studio in Chatham Dockyard.
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