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About James Tovey Artist and Craftsman
I love painting, drawing, making and building things, from visual 2d images through to large wooden structures. I try and draw everyday, noting my ideas and exploring where next my work will take me. I make drawing and paintings to commission, offer private tuition and also run a craft business manufacturing and repairing bespoke wooden items and boats; see one of these new build projects that also incorporates my artwork at PAOS 2023.
For commission, tuition or business inquiries please call me on: 07908794691. Open normal office hours.
About James Tovey: Artist and Craftsman, born 1971.
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Digital drawing translated onto glass using Posca pens 2023.
Made for the launch of an exhibition curated by Lauren of Flourish Peterborough. Drawing about the real food available in Peterborough.
The Growing Together exhibition continues until the end of September 2023 with a display at the museum, ten specially decorated windows around the city and city centre and a series of talks and events – pick up a brochure from Peterborough Museum to find out more.
The Peterborough Open: 29th March 2019 – 26th May, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery #peterboroughmuseum
Fifth Musician of the #Plastocalypse @#plastigeddon in the #plasticene . See the figure recently made during #pboromakefest 2018, by a gang of small and tall builders; on temporary exhibition in the Peterborough Museum Garden.
Plastic, Native, Temple
Vivacity Unit, Queensgate Peterborough, PE1 1PU
7th – 20th May 2018
Plastic is now ubiquitous.
We’re living through the Plasticene.
You can buy a 2.4m plastic cactus for your hallway; you won’t have to water a real cactus using tap water, that itself now contains plastic micro-particles.
‘The plastic arts’ is a term that had existed long before plastic itself. I have wanted to try and look at the plastic objects I had collected over the last few years as naively as possible, as though life-drawn for the first time by an art student intent on learning through prolonged observation. Not interested in the Neoplastism of the De Stijl movement, instead my initial thoughts were of a metamorphosis and of bringing ancient mythology and plastic ¬- a 20th century invention – together in an uncomfortable way. However I found myself reluctant to go too far down the path of the collision of two plastic objects to transmogrify into a third construct – yet there is a definite modernist basis for some of the elements.
The mermaid painting backdrop idea came from a small toy figure found as sea plastic litter. It is actually the top half part of a small Barbie figurine, but I initially thought it to be Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I researched mermaid art and came across the mermaid of Zennor and was attempting to build a composition around that and some lines from Ovid but the plastic overwhelmed it.
Wood is an obvious counterpoint and natural contrast with which I have felt more at ease. The plastic components are essentially ready-mades although altered by collision with natural processes in the environment and some minor assemblage. Wood is also an ancient, relevant building material. In this installation, the wood forms a sanctuary, a natural structure and the plastic is an imposition on it and in it.
There is no doubt the terrible convenient addiction that societies have developed for plastic eases the struggle against decay in the short term. What now looks to be a permanent error is that plastic is with us for the foreseeable and has been injected into the human food chain. I can imagine a child born being described as a plastic native to perhaps a planet slowly choking at Plastigeddon,
AFTER THE FALL:
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December 2017,
Castor Village Hall, Peterborough Road, Castor, PE5 7AX.
Open 10am – 10pm FREE ADMISSION
Castor Ales Brewery will be providing a bar for exhibition veiwers refreshment.
The Inktober drawings gave me the chance to renew my interest in illustration techniques I had learnt at school, University and work, as well as refreshing my memory of technical ink drawing techniques and the many ways a drawing can be put together in preparation for publication
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7 Moreley's Lane, Corby Glen, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 4NL
24 June 2023
25 June 2023
Garden open for visitors
29th Sept 2023. BattleLines contestant along with Carol Clark another PAOS artist, each making a drawing 4ftx3ft in posca pens on painted board in the course of 90mins, the art battle was part of Growing Together events curated by Lauren Kendrick of Flourish Peterborough . Battlelines is organised by artist Cur_5 more details can be found on https://www.battlelines.uk/ and https://www.instagram.com/battlelinespboro/
Artwork poster ‘One Summers Day’ exhibited in Squires Coffee Shop Peterborough Museum as part of Growing Together events curated by Lauren Kendrick of Flourish Peterborough. 10th August – 30th September 2023.
Photo-synthesize – workshop day at Peterborough Museum helping children colour mix and paint three canvases from direct observation about pre and probiotic foods supplied by fermantsandcultures.co.uk , 12th August 2023. The paintings subsequently included in the Growing Together exhibition till 30th September 2023.
Window artwork for Flourish Peterborough’s Growing Together art, food, workshops and events 2023, sponsored by Arts Council England, 10th August to 30th September 2023, at the Food Hall, Bridge street, Peterborough
The Flea Cycle (or The Earth’s Dilemma)! Book Launch PAOS ,Weekend 1 June 2023, Ailsworth.
Made in 2022, Peterborough Cathedral, 8th Feb – 2nd March 2023
Willoughby Gallery Open, Corby Glen, Nov 2022
Starflower II Observatory & window designs behind the scenes, PAOS, Ailsworth, Peterborough 25, 26 June, 2, 3 July 2022
Oak Trunks, Temple Wood, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London, 21st June – 21st August 2022
Cats Eye Nebula workshop and build, Westraven Community Garden, April 2022
Peaceflower workshop and build, Olivebranch Community Garden, Peterborough, April 2022
I Saw Three Ships – constructions set up in Main Street, Ailsworth, 5th December 2021 to 6th January 2022
Willoughby Gallery Open, Oct – Nov 2021
Angel Musicians Installation Christmas 2020, Main Street, Ailsworth.
Art Restart at Peterborough Museum and City Gallery Dec 2020
Solarpunk Drawings of Peterborough, Vivacity Unit, Queensgate 1st – 9th Feb 2020.
‘Mermaid with her Mahi-mahi’, Oil on Linen 72 x 76 inch in a red oak frame. Exhibited in the Peterborough Cathedral, August to October 2019 to coincide with Luke Jerram’s Gaia installation.
‘Drift’, The Peterborough Open: 29th March 2019 – 26th May, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery #peterboroughmuseum
Fifth Musician of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Makefest, Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, December 2018.
Four Musicians of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Heritage Festival, June 2018
Contemporary Peterborough Artists July – September 2018 Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery
‘Plastic, Native Temple’, Vivacity Unit Queensgate Peterborough 7th-20th May 2018, mermaid painting from installation exhibited Peterborough Heritage festival 2018 and published in Peterborough Telegraph May 2019
‘After the Fall’, ink drawings on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas, 29th & 30th December 2017 Castor Village Hall, Peterborough, UK
The Debris Navigator and other OutsideART: WestRaven Community Garden, August 2017
Yarrow Gallery, Oundle 31st July – 6th August 2017
Artist Day Nene Park July 2017
PAOS 2017 (June 2017)
‘Star Flower’ at the Peterborough Heritage Festival June 2017
Sun Henge at the Green Backyard Peterborough 2016-2017
Peterborough Green Festival 2016 #pectgreenfest
Peterborough Heritage Feastival 2016 2nd/3rd July 2016
PAOS City Gallery Exhibition 2016 24th June – 6th July 2016
Peterborough Open 2016 Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 18th March – 15th June 2016
Undercroft Theatre Serpentine Green, Hampton, Peterborough 11th to 21st Nov 2015
Peterborough Arts Festival 4th – 6th September 2015 Torii 1 series which also featured a sculpture from the Plastic Ocean Column series
Peterborough Heritage Festival 19th-21st June 2015 Mountain 2008 series and Future floodplain Xoanon
Design concept drawing for a new stone sculpture of St Kyneburgha 2013, sculpture made by Mark Sharpin, master stonemason. Installed above priests door 2015, outside south side of St Kyneburgha’s, Castor. Project commissioned by St Kyneburgha Trust. Design based on a statue of St Kyneburgha on the west front of Peterborough Cathedral. Trust specified that the new statue be holding the possible shape of the Saxon Church as discussed in five parishes books.
Eco fishing boat design prizewinners – joint 3rd place 2010 published in Classic Boat Magazine, Martin Hill and James Tovey designed a concept boat for a small sail powered fishing vessel to comply with EU regulations for sustainable fisheries. Drawings by James Tovey.
2008 ‘Mountain’ paintings – web exhibition (new websites were bigger deal in 2008 than 2019) Series of 12 oil paintings from digital sketches, exploring air pollution, apocalyptic climate change and alternate reality in combination with written poetry.
Hardraw force series exhibited Castor 2004, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition entries 2 paintings 2005
Kilnsea series, exhibited, Bourne, Lincolnshire 2003 and RWA Open 2004
Sketchbook drawings 2003 – prints taken from sketchbooks 1996-2000 exhibited Peterborough and Bourne
Watching post project 2003 – concept installation and paintings exhibited Peterborough
East Hill 2002 – large narrative series of oils on board exploring the psycological implications and environmental problems of the coming war in Iraq. Exhibited Peterborough.
Requiem 2001 Oil painting series on canvas exhibited Castor 2001 and Peterborough 2002, one panel from the 30 ft panorama can still be seen above the door in St Kyneburgha’s Lady Chapel.
1998-2000 Ink and digital graphic illustrations for the publications and archives of the English Heritage Humber Wetlands Project. Iron Age Fort reconstruction
Ken at the Byam Shaw 1995, oil painting bought by Ken! and charcoal drawings.
Artwork associated with participation on the Mount Kenya 1990, high altitude alpine zone conservation expedition.
Notice is given of the PAOS Annual General Meeting 2023. It’s that time of year when you have the opportunity More
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