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Dream Tangerine, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2021

Hello all! It’s difficult now trying to remember the lockdown here in the UK. But along with publishing Glamberton magazine, I know I created a series of digital constructs using drawings of toy cowboys as the basis.

Scanned sketchbook page

These were taken from very old toys, some of them single plastic mouldings, so they were light on detail 🙂

From A Frontier Sitting Room, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2021

Being stuck in the house in Suburban London was about as far from the Wild West as it possible to get. Perhaps that was the point, but memory has become slippery where the pandemic is concerned…

Cowboy Blue, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2021

There are more lockdown cowboys to see on my Instagram account: here.

I sell prints and original works in my shop here: richardguest.bigcartel.com. Let me know if there is something you would like to see turned into a print.

Have a great week!

Music For AIs, graphite and watercolour pencil and acrylic paint on artboard, 420 x 594mm

Music For AIs is one of a series of improvised drawing/ paintings. It was created over a period of about a fortnight in 2023.

The process with these pieces is to divide two sheets of A3 art board into eight tiles each (measuring c. 10.5 x 14.75 cm). Each one is then numbered on the reverse, the pack shuffled and I start drawing or painting on the one from the top of the pack. When every tile has been worked on they are reassembled in number order, recreating the two sheets of A3.

The Roister Doister Boogie (2a)

So last year I made a 32 part mosaic, The Roister Doister Boogie.

But I was never fully satisfied with the completed work – it was too big to maintain any kind of visual tension – so I’m selling my favourite “tiles” as individual pieces in my shop: richardguest.bigcartel.com

This is the first batch of four. I’ll be listing them on a semi- regular basis.

Each one measures approximately 10.5 x 15 cm and was painted in acrylic, drawn with watercolour pencil, or soluble pastel on artboard.

The Roister Doister Boogie (6)
The Roister Doister Boogie (3a)
The Roister Doister Boogie (3b)

Dial M For Murgatroyd
297 x 420mm
2020

Dial M For Murgatroyd is an early example of a digital construct. The constituent parts are a photograph of the Dorset countryside taken from a speeding train and bits of sketchbook drawings and paintings of various sizes and on various surfaces made in 2020. A new landscape.

Dial M For Murgatroyd is available to buy as a giclée Print (Lucia Ex Pigment on Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm paper).

Each print is accompanied by a digitally signed and numbered certificate of authenticity, in an edition of 200

Please allow 10 days for delivery

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Blinding Light, graphite and watercolour pencil and acrylic paint on artboard, 420 x 594 mm, 2023

Blinding Light is one of a series of wholly improvised drawing/ painting/ mosaics created over a period of about a fortnight in 2023. I obviously had a thing about socks, shoes and noses.

The process with these pieces is to divide two sheets of A3 art board into eight tiles each (measuring c. 10.5 x 14.75 cm). Each one is then numbered on the reverse, the pack of 16 tiles is shuffled and I start drawing or painting on the tile from the top of the pack. When every tile has been worked on the two sheets of A3 are reassembled in number order.

This Tongue…, graphite and watercolour pencil, and acrylic paint on artboard (16 pieces) 420 x 594mm, 2023

So, having immersed myself in the digital in the 2020s I decided to do the opposite and make work with traditional materials and work as instinctively as I could…

This Tongue… is one of a series of improvised drawing/ painting/ mosaics. It was created over a period of about ten days in early 2023. The recognisable images are derived from street photography taken in 2013-14, when I roamed the streets of central London with my then newly-acquired dslr. Everything else was created “in the moment” in the most direct way possible – pencil and paint on paper.

The process with these pieces is to divide two sheets of A3 art board into eight tiles each (measuring c. 10.5 x 14.75 cm). Each one is then numbered on the reverse, the pack shuffled and I start drawing or painting on the one from the top of the pack. When every tile has been worked on the two sheets of A3 are reassembled in number order.

This Tongue…is a unique work. The images below show the the reverse of the work (to show you how it is taped together), and two close-ups.

This Tongue…is available to buy from my shop: richardguest.bigcartel.com

Art Flyweight III, Giclée Print
297 x 420mm
2020

Art Flyweight III is constructed from elements of improvised sketchbook drawings and paintings made in 2022 and brought together to form a new digital image. One crucial difference from other digital constructs in this phase is the use of felt tip pens. More cartoon-like images came out – as a teenager my dream job was comic artist.

The title is a joke about status in the art world and simultaneously sounds I think like the name of a fictional collector.

Art Flyweight III is printed with Lucia Ex Pigment on Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm paper in an edition of 200 and is available to buy in my shop: richardguest.bigcartel.com

Psst! (Pink), 2017

Psst! (Pink), 2017, acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Another of my Psst! paintings – the second to be made. The recent paintings have had a lot less colour in them…more of which 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/

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/