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Painting for MES, 2018

Painting for MES, 2018, Acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

 

This painting is dedicated to Mark E Smith of The Fall. It was begun when he was ill and while I was working on it he died. There’s no real connection to Mark in either idea or execution (except of course that The Fall have been playing in the background since 1983 when a friend lent me Perverted By Language).

The only time I met MES was at a mini-gig at the HMV on Oxford Street in London to launch the album The Frenz Experiment. The group played a short set and then sat behind desks signing albums for the fans. Mark was friendly and polite (which was a surprise given that the music press portrayed him as a kind of fierce, cantankerous despot).

Over the years I’ve grown to love The Fall and Mark’s gnarled, dazzling poetry – from their first album, Live At The Witch Trials (1979) to their last New Facts Emerge (2017) there have been very few duds (although if you’re thinking of collecting their albums, steer clear of the live albums and compilations until you’re well and truly obsessed). And Mark E Smith went out as brilliant as he came in – the final album’s a stunning culmination, along with Sublingual Tablet (2015), of his work with Dave Spurr, Keiron Melling, Peter Greenway and Elena Poulou – a golden run of albums that started in 2008.

When I’m dead and gone
My vibrations will live on
In vibes not vinyl through the years
People will dance to my waves

Mark E Smith, Psykick Dancehall (thanks to The Annotated Fall)

If you are interested in learning more about The Fall a great place to start is The Fall Online Forum.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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Psst! (Brown), 2017

Psst! (Brown), 2017 Acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Another Psst! painting. This one’s slightly different in that it includes some objects not found in the street: ship figureheads from a display at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The rest is the usual mix of discarded bags and bits of paper and paint marks photographed around London.

Figureheads at Cutty Sark

Scrape

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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David and I have also just completed an online conversation about Jasper Johns and you can find all three parts at https://londoneyeball.wordpress.com/
Psst! (Black), 2017

Psst! (Black), 2017
Acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas
80 x 80 cm

Another of my Psst! paintings. Working on this prompted me to explore a predominantly monochrome palette, which I’m still doing…more soon.

Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time (very slowly). Check out Zzzounds!

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David and I have also just completed an online conversation about Jasper Johns and you can find all three parts at https://londoneyeball.wordpress.com/

Walk Upright digipak coverWalk Upright CD

Walk Upright

Walk Upright Cover

Pierrot, 2015

Pierrot
Digital Construct
Dimensions variable
2015

It’s arrived! And it sounds fantastic! Great self-titled debut album by Walk Upright (Instagram: @walkupright.popband ), which is released 22nd June on Gare Du Nord Records (Instagram: @garedunordrecords) in the UK and Djummi records in Germany. Walk Upright are will be launching the album with a live performance at The Betsey Trotwood, London, EC1 Friday 6th July. You can preorder a copy from https://walkupright.bandcamp.com/.

The cover features a crop of a digital construct I made in 2015 called Pierrot (the original’s just above) and also features my portraits of the band.

Psst! (Blue), 2017

Psst! (Blue), 2017

Acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas

© Richard Guest, 2017

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Psst! (Orange), 2017

Psst! (Orange), 2017

Acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas

© Richard Guest, 2017

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Psst! (White), 2017

Psst! (White), 2017

Acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas

© Richard Guest, 2017

 

Three of six paintings from 2017 – they are all 80 x 80cm.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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Untitled (Project Two), 2017 by Barry Comer and Richard Guest

Untitled (Project Two), 2017 by Barry Comer and Richard Guest

This image has been cooking for a good long while; Barry and I initiated our second project in September 2015…and finally, here’s the result.

Our previous project started with an exchange of self-portraits, and through a game of exquisite corpse in which each of us added and subtracted elements, resulted in two distinct images. For project two, we decided to follow the same procedure, but make the end result one image. And kicked things off with a still life…

Here are some of the intermediate stages:

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This is a project by Barry Comer and Richard Guest.

Barry and I have never met in the physical world. He is based in Louisville, Kentucky and I live on the edge of London. I have long admired his drawings. So I jumped at the chance when Barry suggested we work together.

 

Garden, Garden 2017– Garden, Garden –

Acrylic on Canvas, 2017

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This post is for Barry Comer – get well soon, my friend.

Haven’t looked at this painting for a while – my one question about it is whose bottom is that?

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Just a quick note to say thanks for all your views, likes and comments this year – I’ve been a bit inactive online, but am going to try and catch up with everyone soon.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays! Onwards! Have a great 2018!

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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Herbert Read Herbert Read Herbert Herbert Herbert Read (II), 2016Herbert Read, Herbert Read, Herbert, Herbert, Herbert Read (II)

Acrylic on canvas

2016

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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Mario Lautier Vella, 2017– Mario Lautier Vella, 2017 –

This was taken at Mario Lautier Vella‘s private view for his exhibition of paintings, drawings and collages, Homebodies, 7th July 2017. The exhibition’s brilliant and I strongly urge you to visit. Details below:

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots), (1-4), 2016-7

The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy’s Boots)

(panels one and two of four)

Acrylic on canvas

2016-7

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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