A painter living in the wilds of Yorkshire (Sheffield, so not really 'wilds' as such). Has been painting for 15 years, properly established in 2008.
Visit my portfoilio website at www.artbyandyonline.com

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Coming Soon! "Uncertain Spaces: A City At Night" at APG Works, Sheffield.


"Uncertain Spaces & Obscure Views" at APG Works Sheffield.

A solo show of paintings by Andy Cropper, further continuing his night-time exploration of Sheffield’s in-between places and non-spaces.

Preview Thursday 25th October 6.00 - 8.00pm

Open 26th October - 5th November 2018
Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Sunday

APG Works
16-20 Sidney Street
S1 4RH
Tel 0114 263 4493
For more information see the show blog site here -  https://uncertainspacesacityatnight.blogspot.com

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Previous Uncertain Spaces shows

https://obscure-views.blogspot.com/p/home.html  https://uncertainspaces.blogspot.com/p/welcome.html

Thursday, 26 April 2018

'Nocturne II' - completed commission

 'Nocturne II', 2018, 
Oil paint and acrylic on gessoed panel, 
50cm x 50 cm.
Commissioned piece.

I was commissioned earlier this year to create a painting similar in tone to my painting 'Nocturne', 2016 . A bit of a difficult undertaking, or so I thought at the time.

When I'm looking for things to paint I'm looking for elements within spaces that are different to those I've painted before. However, during one of my journey's around Kelham Island in January I realised I had responded to the place in a very familiar way to that of the first Nocturne. A happy accident indeed.

In this following video you can see the steps that went into the making of the painting. (You can see the video in 'full screen' and 1080 HD for the full effect)

The view is from the bridge at Kelham Island looking away from the city, the following link points to the spot on Google Street View https://goo.gl/pM3zUj


Thursday, 8 February 2018

New guide to Photographing 2d works

I've created a rough guide (it's never complete and is always open to change) at this following link.

It's where I've collected together information, details, videos & images, with a large links list pointing to where I got the information from in detailing how to photograph 2D artworks. Hope it might be useful. Ax


Friday, 2 February 2018

A Fascinating Mood Photo of Coronation Street's Ena Sharples

A fascinating mood photo of Coronation Street's Ena Sharples (actress Violet Carson)overlooking industrial Manchester in the late 1960's. (Photo taken by Lowry... possibly?? John C Madden, 1968 )

Images of Sheffield's Hyde Park Flats Circa 60's/70's

Wow!! A view of Sheffield in the 60's/70's. That's Hyde Park flats on the horizon line. The largest part at the back was demolished in the early 90's. From the Facebook group "Pictures of Sheffield Old and New" shared by Jason Wragg - https://www.facebook.com/groups/picturesofsheffildoldandnew/permalink/10156332495139905/

When being part of the "Overlooked" show at Parkhill in 2015, I found this image showing another view of Hyde Park, I'm guessing from the 70's. It's a still from this following video by Pete Hill of http://Corvideos.com - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwiz1A9gEWM

Saturday, 20 January 2018

New Print Gallery Is Now Online

Print Promo - Signed giclee prints are available to buy from my website. For details see ~ artbyandyonline.com/prints Ax

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

'Alley chosen for CBP's Painting of the Day for the 3rd of January 2018

The organisation Contemporary British Painting chose my painting Alley as their "Painting of the Day" for the 3rd of January 2018 .

Alley, 2016.
Oil on panel, 50cm x 50cm
London Road, Sheffield.

A print of Alley is available here - .artbyandyonline.com/print-alley

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

A collection of Words for Night Walkers and Night walking

 "Blessed are the owls, for they shall inherit the mystery and magic of the night."
Hilary Rubinstein "The Complete Insomniac",1974 p. 19

Night Owl (i), Night Hawk (i, ii, iii, iv), Night Walker (i),  Nocturnal Traveller (i, ii, iii),  Noctivagator (i, ii), Noctivagant (i, ii), Night Wanderer (i, ii)  Night Stroller, Night Reveller (i), Night Dweller,
Shadow of the Night, Noctambule (i), Noctambulate (i), Noctambulator (i),
Nyctophilist (i)

" . . .  [Matthew Beamont] claims to link the indigent or vagabond ‘noctivagator’ (the ‘common nightwalker’) with the leisurely yet purposeful ‘noctambulator’ (the ‘uncommon nightwalker’) . . . "

From James McConnachie's review of Matthew Beaumont's "Night Walking", 2015. The Spectator magazine: "Dickens’s dark side: walking at night helped ease his conscience at killing off characters"

A list of night deities - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_night_deities
List of nocturnal birds - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nocturnal_birds
List of nocturnal animals - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nocturnal_animals 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

'When streets become supernatural': the joy of walking in cities at night - Guardian article - Nick Dunn

"Dark Matters: A Manifesto For the Nocturnal City", 2016,
by Nick Dunn
ISBN-13: 978-1782797487 (paperback)
Click here for website - http://www.zero-books.net/books/dark-matters

"With technology whittling away at our attention spans, our sense of place is vanishing. In an extract from his new book "Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City", Nick Dunn explains how a simple night-time stroll can help us to profoundly reconnect with our surroundings. Direct link to the full article - " 'When streets become supernatural': the joy of walking in cities at night "

" . . . To reclaim some of what is being lost, I propose walking in the night. This is not the chest-beating, public declaration of protest as commonly understood, but a gently recalcitrant act against the confines of the daily grind. To venture into the “thickness” of the night is to experience, in a powerful and visceral way, a much broader world than that which exists during the daytime."

Saturday, 3 December 2016

the show is now over

The show is now over and am very grateful for all that has happened. I have a page specifically for acknowledgements and 'thank you's which can be read here - 'Acknowledgements'


As a way to wrap up my time with this show a personal Facebook post from just a few days ago(i) which seems relevant to share here:
There's snippets of a paragraph from Matthew Beaumont's "Night Walking" that is haunting me that I just can't get out of my head. It's a comment on "Michel Foucault's 'The Order Of Things' talking about obscure city spaces:
" . . . The 'obscure space' embedded in what the enlightenment identifies as 'man's nature' is both exterior to him and indispensable to him . . . The obscure spaces of the metropolitan city, which are at once alien to the bourgeois city's self-image and essential to its project of self-aggrandisement, are also shadows and blind stains."
(Matthew Beaumont, "Night Walking", 2015, pg 113-114)
I'm taking this as suggesting that the hidden alcoves, the shadow filled alleys are unavoidable. They are the flip side of the pristine modern city, but the pristine modern city does all it can to disavow that these places and spaces are needed.

These spaces, I'm at times exploring, are the spaces that those that help maintain the bright sparkly clean future city walk through. I'm thinking of the cleaners, the shop staff, the security staff, the waste disposal people, the delivery people all of whom use the spaces that we tend to want to pass by and ignore.

These half lit spaces are often seen as edgy and dangerous but these are the spaces that the workers of the city use. Those folk that are the backbone, who exist both in front of and behind the scenes to keep the spectacle of the modern city running. These spaces hold the side/back door entrances, trade entrances, delivery bays, places that obscure the to-ings and fro-ings of those that maintain the facade of the bright clean city. These spaces are needed and unavoidably exist in opposition to the supposed 'perfection' that they help support.

That's all...
*ponder ponder*


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Alain De Botton - 'How to Make an Attractive City', 'The Ruin of London'

Though obviously London centric the following videos presented by Alain De Botton are saliant views of city planning and some of the huge errors that have been incured in recent years and how to mititgate such errors.

Alain De Botton: 'How to Make an Attractive City' - We've grown good at making many things in the modern world - but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles for how to make attractive cities once again

Alain de Botton: 'The Ruin of London' - London's skyline was for decades protected by regulations governing the heights of buildings in the historic core. These regulations have now been torn up, and an unprecedented tower building-boom has been unleashed.

The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs - TED talk by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler is an author who stirs up strong feelings. In this TED talk he is deliberatly provocative in tone and wants to elicit feelings when talking about architecture and town/city planning, something which has been leeched out of all conversation around those spheres. You may agree or you may disagree, but whatever you think this is well worth a watch to my mind.

I highly recommend Kunstler's 1994 book 'The Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape':

click here to buy at Waterstone's online Marketplace

'The Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape', 1994
By James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0671888251 (Out of print)

I came across this book when looking for writing about cities going through huge moments of change. The title alone had me hooked.

This following general synopsis from the Waterstone's Marketplace Online describes the book perfectly -

"Eighty percent of everything ever built in America has been built since the end of World War II. This tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside is not simply an expression of our economic predicament, but in large part a cause. It is the everyday environment where most Americans live and work, and it represents a gathering calamity whose effects we have hardly begun to measure. In The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the city is a dead zone and the countryside a wasteland of cars and blacktop. Now that the great suburban build-out is over, Kunstler argues, we are stuck with the consequences: a national living arrangement that destroys civic life while imposing enormous social costs and economic burdens."

(Though 'out of print' it is available to buy online from the Waterstone's Marketplace here.)

Also see -
'Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century', 1998
by James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0684837376
Abebooks link

'The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition', 2003
by James Howard Kunstler
ISBN-13: 978-0743227230
Abebooks link

Kunstler's website - http://kunstler.com/