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Chez Claude . . .

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The editorial series “Chez Claude” shot back in 2006, consists of 140 images destined for book publication (details will be provided in due course). However, the entire series is also being made available as limited edition artworks, each available as an edition of 5 (+2 AP).

Archival black and white pigment prints on Baryta paper. Standard print dimensions are 60cm x 40cm (24” x 16”). Both larger or smaller print sizes are available upon request. Regardless of print size, the number of editions of each image will be strictly limited to 5. Each print is signed, dated and numbered verso and issued with Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. Available through selective representatives globally (contact me for specific enquiries).

The entire series of 140 images can be viewed HERE (displayed using the recently updated HTML presentation, now viewable on any platform).

Workshop – Erotic Photography As A Fine Art

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I am pleased to announce that in collaboration with Expo-Arts Global Foundation, I will be hosting a second workshop (the details of the other can be read in the previous blog post), which is a 3 day event, again in the region of Puglia, Italy, but in this case covering the subject matter ”Erotic Photography As A Fine Art”. The workshop will run from 4th to 6th October 2013.

As with the other event, we are offering an all inclusive residential package 3 nights accommodation in a typical Pugliese Masseria (farm house), and will include all food and beverage, enabling the participants to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the region (including the wines).

Full details of the package can be found in the detailed brochure, which can be viewed and downloaded via this link: EPAAFA_pugliaKindly note, as stated on the first page, the content of the brochure is intended for adults only.

As with the other workshop, this event was also originally scheduled for August, but due to severe limitations on accommodation, we have in this case rescheduled for October, as per the dates above.

Will Facebook’s Obscenity Police Ever Accept Photos as Art?

Yet another article on this subject matter, which can be read here: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/889699/will-facebooks-obscenity-police-ever-accept-photos-as-art#comment-423084.  In response, I have written a long and detailed comment which can also be read here-under:-

“I have read this subject matter on numerous occasions, the content of which is primarily repetitive, as the issue is always the same. Primarily, Facebook not only have no understanding of the arts, they also have no interest. The owners and the management give the impression of being uncouth and uncultured, so is it any wonder that such issues exist.

Facebook only address such issues after the event (and then only for the select few, as Facebook are essentially impossible to communicate with!). The statement above wherein you write that Facebook’s Frederic Wolens quoted Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde as an example, is amusing to say the least, and simply demonstrates a limited repertoire of excuses.

I am well acquainted with both Frode Steinicke and Luc Wouters and extremely familiar with the absurdity of the ban of Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde. A case where Facebook clearly bit off more than they could chew, and as you correctly state, where as a result “ridiculed around the world”. However, I’m not so sure that Facebook being ridiculed globally is of any major significance to Mr. Zuckerberg , as his image of a corporate dictator, now expands beyond the corporation and constantly spills into the public domain. Effectively, Mr. Zuckerberg has positioned himself as a dictator as to what is and isn’t art and also as a dictator of the public that use the Facebook platform. Effectively, users are frequently disciplined like small children with no means or rights of recourse.

With regard to your proposal that qualified art institutions should be treated differently, I find this ludicrous and in no way taking into account or respecting the status of established art galleries and the artists themselves. Why should the latter be segregated, as without the artists, the art institutions themselves would not exist, in the same way as art would not exist if curatorial responsibilities were left to Facebook (as you rightly point-out).

Additionally, a lot of the censorship resulting in accounts being blocked or disabled seem to amount to nothing more than individual victimisation. If I may take myself as an example, wherein my own personal account is on average blocked for 30 days every 2 weeks or so. As I write my account is blocked, following my having shared (yes shared not posted) a post from my own official artist’s Facebook Page. The post in question was not made by myself, but by one of several administrators of my page. The post pertained to one of my own artworks, which I subsequently shared via my personal page. As a result, my account was once again blocked, yet the artwork in question was not removed or sanctioned in any way. In my opinion, nothing more than pure victimisation.

It is also worth noting that Facebook is awash with pornography or sexually titillating images of zero artistic merit, yet these are seemingly allowed because they apparently do not breach the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Obviously an increasingly ludicrous situation therefore and not one that I envisage is going to improve anytime soon.

Moving to the subject of Pinterest, it is interesting that you should make reference to them. I also maintain a Pinterest account and of late am receiving continued notification of post that I have shared from other pages, which apparently do not meet terms and conditions. However, as it is not I who made these posts (I simply shared them!), it’s not quite clear why I am receiving notice of posts pertaining to another party. I also maintain a Pinterest Board which depicts my own artworks, none of which have been removed to date, the majority of which have elements of nudity. I have written to Pinterest on this subject (as least they have a basis of communication, which is more than can be said for Facebook!), informing them that I am opposed to them imposing their censorship policies, especially where the posts do not pertain to me. However, I have also notified them that should any of my own artwork posts be deleted, I will close my account forthwith, as under no circumstances will I condone censorship of the arts (the message in question may be viewed via my blog: http://photoconception.com/blog/?p=1115). This resulted in a standard generic response, to which I again replied, indicating that the issue required a response from a living person. To date, no further reply has been forthcoming, which suggests one of several possibilities. Either Pinterest have no living persons and are thus unable to reply, do not know how to reply or lastly have simply decided not to reply. Whatever the excuse, no reply comes as no major surprise. Ultimately however, Pinterest are not Facebook, and if they decide to follow the route of Facebook, I would not wish to bet money as to the duration they will continue to be in business.

It’s a sad world in which we live, where censorship policies seem to be more severe than they were back in the middle ages. Is this progress I ask myself, certainly it is not from an artistic perspective.”

Happy New Year 2013

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Taking this opportunity to wish everybody much Love, Peace, Good Health and Happiness in 2013!

Propaganda Inauguration at Taiwan Photo 2012

Propaganda ~ Signing of the First Editions

Propaganda ~ Signing of the First Editions

Propaganda ~ The Artwork Series


My long awaited artwork series “Propaganda” will inaugurate on the 4th October 2012 at the VIP preview of Taiwan Photo.  Taiwan Photo is the country’s only international photographic art fair, and opens to the public the 5th October 2012 through to the evening of 10th October.  The fair is only in its second year of existence, but has received significant patronage with major international galleries notably from Japan and Europe, participating along-side local Taiwan and Mainland Chinese exhibitors.

Propaganda is one of two featured solo exhibitions, organised by representing gallery 1839 Contemporary Gallery.  Propaganda will subsequently feature as a solo exhibition in 1839 CG, and is also scheduled  for public exhibition in major museum venues in both Taiwan and Mainland China.

Detailed information on the artwork series and the history of Chinese propaganda posters in general, can be read HERE (in English) or HERE (in Chinese)

Met-Art Covers

"Yangtze" Cover 2010

"Wang" Cover 2007

Despite the fact that I hold a contract with the globally renowned nude art magazine “Met-Art”, I rarely contribute to them.  However in November 2010 (following on from my 2007 cover), my second cover was published, this time entitled “Yangtze”.  A search of my name via the Met-Art website will provide you more information and sample images from the two series in question.

Art Erotica – Cork Street, London 19th – 27th January 2012

Erotic art has a long and distinguished, if controversial, tradition in the history of modern art. Arguably, eroticism in art brings us closer to our humanity, yet there are few genres in the arts that have been as under-represented and unjustly maligned as expressions of what we, in all our rich diversity, find erotic.

Art Erotica is a new event in the London art calendar that will present a long- overdue, high-profile opportunity to exhibit for artists producing work in the erotic genre. Brought to you by the organizers of the Cork Street Open Exhibition – a respected international event, founded four years ago – Art Erotica will benefit a selected charity and will be juried, with submitted work carefully and rigorously chosen for exhibition by a panel drawn from leading figures in the UK art world.

The diverse Exhibition will span most mediums, including painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, drawing, mixed media construction and original prints by emerging and established artists from around the world. Photographs by American photographer James Armstrong, and drawings by internationally acclaimed artist Jamil Nasqh, will be shown for the first time.

In addition to spectacular visual art we are happy to present talks and public readings by a stellar line-up of art historians, critics, philosophers and actors, all focused on the erotic theme.

We invite you to join us in January to explore, discover and discuss Art Erotica. The full events programme can be downloaded HERE

Information and Tickets: Web: www.ArtEroticaExhibition.co.uk – Email: info@ArtEroticaExhibition.co.uk

I have two artworks short-listed for this event, which are the following:-

Shunga

Size: 98cm High x 128cm Wide
Medium: Archival Pigment Print Photograph on Hahnemühle Bamboo.

The piece entered is No. 4 of 4. There are 4 Available.

Full info: HERE

Inversion, Pervsion

Medium: Archival Pigment Print Photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag

Size: 68cm High x 88cm Wide

The piece entered is No. 2 of 5 There are 4 Available.

Full info: HERE

For additional information please feel free to e-mail me directly.

Prisoner of Love

Prisoner of Love ~ the series

Prisoner of Love ~ the series

Almost all of us at some stage in our lives are a “Prison of Love”, and this series of 14 artworks pays homage to that fact.

Produced in 2006. Hand-toned archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin (310 g/m2). Each artwork available in an edition of 5 (+2 a.p.). Artwork measures 60 cm (23.62″) x 40 cm (15.75″). Dry mounted and framed behind glass with pass-partout boarder. Signed, dated and numbered verso, with Certificate of Authenticity.

The full series of 14 artworks can be viewed HERE. Available internationally via selected representatives, please contact me for additional information.

The Art of Love

The Art of Love ~ the series

The Art of Love ~ the series

The Art of Love, is perhaps one of my most sexually explicit artwork series that I have ever produced. Interestingly, it is also one of the most popular.  The objective of the series was to capture the most intimate of moments and to portray them visually in a truly sensual and emotional context, rendering the explicit sexual/pornographic aspects of the images secondary.  I believe this series succeeds in this objective.

A series of 20 artworks, each available as an edition of 5.  Cross-tone archival pigment prints, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag (308 g/m2), dry mounted, and framed behind glass to client’s specification. Signed, dated and numbered verso, with Certificate of Authenticity.  Artworks measure 80 cm (31.50″) x 60 cm (23.62″).

The full series of 20 artworks can be viewed HERE. Available internationally via selective representatives. Please contact me for additional information.

Shunga

Shunga ~ the series

Shunga ~ the series

Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art.  Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format.  While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement.  Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; “spring” is a common euphemism for sex.

The ukiyo-e movement as a whole sought to express an idealisation of contemporary urban life and appeal to the new chonin class.  Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo period shunga varied widely in its depictions of sexuality.  As a subset of ukiyo-e it was enjoyed by all social groups in the Edo period, despite being out of favour with the shogunate.  Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers, and it did not detract from their prestige as artists.  Classifying shunga as a kind of medieval pornography can be misleading in this respect.

This photographic portrayal of Shunga is one of the very few photographic portrayals in existence.  The series consists of 26 artworks, each available as an edition of 4.  Printed on Hahnemühle Bamboo (290 g/m2), dry mounted and custom framed (Japanese themed) behind glass. Signed, dated and numbered verso, with Certificate of Authenticity.  Artworks measure 120 cm (47.24″) x 90 cm (35.43″).

The full series of 26 artworks can be viewed HERE.  Available world-wide via selective representatives, please contact me for additional information.