Flowers for Janet

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” Flowers for Janet”

Hi Janet, Cannot get down to see you this week but I can send you some flowers via this site. These where made especially for you. If I come down later I’ll bring them down and hang them on your hospice wall. All my love Brother Bill.

The $300,000,000 painting

86 Untitled, 53 x 72, 2008, T2, ID 1376
“Wake up call” 53 x 72. oil. 1995

Why is it that the sale of a Gauguin that was purchased for $300,000,000 bother me? Gauguin ranks very high in my mind as a painter, one of the greatest. But there is something odd about Qatar spending that much to bring works of art to their country. Are there no people living there that can have the pleasure of hunting and finding something new. Are they to lazy to get out there and look? It is something like instant gratification. Surely they can study the great collectors that went out there to  the studios of artist before they became known and sought after. They need someone to stir them up have them pull up their socks and start sniffing around to find out where and why art is made.

There has been a lot of activity lately re-looking at the sixties. Why? Well it was a very fertile period for painters. So many waves of art came along at one time . Because of the fads many artists got bypassed for the next ism. Well with so much art lacking in human spirit these days they are looking back to a time when humanism was prevalent and thinking, lets check out that period again

Why did painters such as Bob Beauchamp , Bob Thompson. Gandy Brodie. Emilio Cruz, Lester Johnson, Jay Milder, Tony Vevers, Bill Barrell get bypassed. They played an essential  role in developing a humanistic approach to art but were brushed aside by waves of Op, Pop, Hard edge, and Minimalism. So to see these painters forgotten is irritating. To see $300,000,000 go on one painting is disturbing. Paul Gauguin suffered from shortage of money but persisted in his dream. If these people with that kind of money were to go out and search through the studios and galleries they could find enough fine art to fill their fine new museums. They need someone with an eye for painting to guide them through and educate them, someone like a Henry Geltzeler or Peter Findley or an Ivan Carp. Stop relying on what gallery owners tell you is good . Go out there sniff around ,find the Gauguin’s of today. I think Gauguin would agree.

Walk down memory lane. Finchley London revisited

Ran  into a post on face book the other day called,” Finchley. A walk down memory lane.” It is an interesting site. People who have lived in Finchley London or live there now or did live there or had some connection with the place exchange stories.

I was born in Shoreditch London in 1932. Tough years for my Mum and Dad with the depression in full swing. We moved to Camden Town. My dad got a job as a conductor on the London Transport.

Things got better. We moved out to North Finchley into a very nice house with garden front and back. I was six.  I have connected with someone who delivered milk to that address. So many people have stories to tell of the schools , churches, pubs, parks and famous people that come from Finchley. It has been a great feeling connecting. Here is my extended family. All four adults in bottom row are from Finchley. From left, young brother Budge. young sister Janet, me with grand daughter Ruby 8, above me daughter Liza with grandson Oliver, then Terry elder brother. Behind an assortment of in-laws. Wife Marilyn taking picture.

Bill Barrell, seated second from right
Bill Barrell, seated second from right

with them.