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Next to Nothing

Next to Nothing is an online exhibition of graphic works associated with my book Blood Orange – The Paul Bowles Poems.


As I was working on the first poems I also drew some casual sketches of people and places in my mind – just a few lines telling what they can in the instant. These drawings of anonymous figures and locations eventually suggested another approach. I imagined a drawer of snapshots - a miscellany of casual moments made mysterious through a sense of anonymity, intimacy and curiosity - a life’s puzzle in pictures.


A selection of the resulting 3 by four inch  paintings make up the illustrations in the 2008 publication of Blood Orange from Ekstasis Editions. The series continues and was shown at the Martin Batchelor Gallery  for the launch of the book and also was included in the  OPEN SPACE – Residency Exhibition 2008.


For the online exhibition I have included some of the drawings and early inspirations. I have also included photographs that I’d taken over the years that were inspired by Bowles and his world which are now available as archival prints.


The title, Next to Nothing, is from Bowles experimental poem of the same name.


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Next to Nothing – painting installation

Ink, Paper and pigments on wood.

2001 – 2008

collected individual paintings

3 by 4 inches

-installation dimensions variable

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