Monday, 16 November 2009

The Fox waits patiently for the Black Panther to cross over to the "other side."

This painting depicts a patient fox, waiting for a panther to cross a stream. It was painted for a friend who requested all that is in the composition, he has assured me that I have created just what he imagined. The landscape is sourced from the many photos my client sent me, the animals are of my own creation.

This is my second commission and definitely the most demanding. When I started this painting I thought I would be done within the week. It took close to a month. It has also been a great help towards my next project which will involve much bigger paintings with complex compositions. The Patient fox measures about 20"x 12. So I have doubled my usual size.

My even larger works will be hanging in the Forest Cafe from the 1st of February and ultimately at the funeral of Rich DD Cormack and Omar Z Bhatia.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Future Exhibitions

The Cryptic Tree, Water of Leith Cafe, 52 Coburg Street, Edinburgh. Running until the 13th. 


1st - A selection of my paintings will be on show at Tea Tree Tea, 13 Bread Street, Tollcross, Edinburgh. Give that special someone the perfect christmas gift. A one off Rich DD Cormack original.  My work will be hanging until the New Year.

5th - Doghouse, Dundee. The final Fauves gig.

10th - The Art Bar Collective - The Art Bar, Perth Road, Dundee. I will be exhibiting some new works of art alongside Dundee's brightest and probably drunkest. 

1st - A group exhibition of myself, Jamie Fitzpatrick and Omar Bhatias wares. Running for the entire month, this will be an unmissable event. Showcasing new work from all three of us and a possible one off reincarnation of Fauves.

The funeral of Rich DD Cormack and Omar Zingaro Bhatia. Held at the historic Glasite meeting house in Edinburgh. More details to follow closer to the time. 


Never before seen photographs

Rich is feeling generous. And would like to share. 

The Great Wandering Albatross - Plaster - 2009

The Crypyic Tree - Water of Leith, Edinburgh - 2009

Fox Skull - Dundee Degree Show - 2009

My beloved Dead Rat (Talloola)

Monday, 12 October 2009

The Cryptic Tree - Rich DD Cormack

Ignorance Is Bliss

A Murder She Saw

Rich Pickings

In October I created 3 new paintings entitled the Cryptic tree. A single tree loaded with a frenzied array of wildlife. It is currently on show in the Leith Area.
52 Coburg Street to be exact. 

The painting "Ignorance is Bliss" was inspired by a strained affair I had between a an older woman and a young lady of great beauty. Ignorance of either situation is well and truly... bliss.

"A Murder She Saw" is a murder of ravens and crows witnessing the death of a heartbroken family member. It is not that bird though that was murdered. That is the one at the base of the tree. This painting is inspired by a time I spent bitter at the amount of loving couples surrounding me. While I himself was alone and frustrated.

"Rich Pickings" reflects an unspoken desire to have children of my own. Due to an infection of mumps in my early twenties. I am now probably sterile. The brooding fox represents myself. I sit without motivation while a group of woodpeckers steal my eggs and crack them open. 

- my online portfolio can be seen here at carbonmade.

Friday, 2 October 2009

New Work

Months pass, silence.

and then a revelation.

House 2

Set in the derelict surroundings of the Scottish highlands. Cormack's House 2 (the second in his house series) is a reaction to the faint echo's of the clearances that resonate even today. He has painted a baron seascape which collides with frenzied brushstrokes and what seems to be a well managed household. There is also a fox in there... somewhere.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


What followed my trip to Glasgow was uneventful and embarrassing. I was penniless after that night and now had no art to my name.  Debt was spiraling uncontrollably.
It was the art  though that meant most to me. If you think about Voodoo. That work was very similar. It is as though I purged any negative thought or grief and trapped it in there. But without any of it to my name apart from a fucking 19ft albatross skeleton which is still literally hanging around my neck, I began to fall. When faced with a problem, many people drive themselves forward. They do not accept defeat, they fight. I brooded. A rare piece of work from this time.

At Least We Caught Something

Robbed Blind Drunk

Reports of what preceded the Compass Gallery opening are hazy at best. What is known is that by the next morning I was without a suitcase and had lost much of my dignity. The suitcase was far more important to me than dignity. "Dignity is for morons" Still not over my loss it seems. It is understandable though, I lost 9 paintings that night. Why I was carrying them around at 3 in the morning...i dont know. Its as though I felt like an old salesman, selling his wares on the streets. And how that bubble did burst.  I has assure you though that if I ever find out who it was that called me that night, laughing at my painting skills and underwear. I will deposit them into the Clyde tied to a rock.

Stolen Paintings

Compass Gallery - New Generation Show -

A week later, my momentum was destroyed in the dirty old town of Glasgow. Riding a wave of success from my experiences in Edinburgh, I walked into the compass gallery with my head held high. It did not last. After the opening, which was flacid at best, I took my suitcase and went to the nearest watering hole. The free wine had left that lustfull feeling....

Art Space 2 Let - Sunday Salon

Following my moderate success in Dundee, I was offered the chance of my first exhibition before even graduating. The city was Edinburgh, my first time there and I left elated, pockets bulging. Could it be that this fabled tale of life as an artist being inevitably poverty stricken was simply heresay.

I stood in amusement as two men fought over one painting.



Degree Show 2009 - For the Entire World

What follows are a selection of photographs from my Degree show. I graduated from Dundee University. My first exhibition was focused mainly on the idea of death. With a plaster constructed 19ft albatross skeleton looming over taxidermy animals, a wardrobe filled with bones and dark private paintings. A bronze cuckoo is also on show referencing their parasitic nature. Possibly a glimpse into my own confused upbringing. In truth I doubt many will ever know or care.
It is a glimpse into the working’s of obsession. A desperate attempt at life evaluation to dispel my demon’s. This is the product of an accomplished escape artist. However I am not spineless.