together, the first five

Many have written to me speculating how the ten new works planned for Dark Movements will look when on the gallery walls. Here are the first five, in the order in which they were painted.

The Quickening

The Quickening


Flowering Skin



Dark Movement: fifteen years of the Mari Lwyd in the work of Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

11th June – 25th July

12 thoughts on “together, the first five

  1. Now I can pretend I will be there for the opening – passing from station to station on the journey of discovery you, Jordan, and I have made with the ghosts of your father and Catriona walking us along. And the Mari Old and Mari New prancing.

  2. Clive, it’s wonderful to see the first five paintings together in one post. I am very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition in July. It’s my birthday treat this year. (-:

    It’s been incredibly life-affirming to see all the comments at the Artlog today and I want to sign off with this quote, which I feel sums up the experience of many of the people who visit you here:

    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

  3. Thanks for putting this post together Clive, it’s so good to see the first five of the new works for Dark Movements together like this. How rewarding it will be at the exhibition to be able to study each one, then go back and forth, look at two together etc . The paintings look like they have a pulse they throb with so much life!
    The Artlog is the most extraordinary blog out there, and immensely important to me, but I do appreciate things don’t stay the same for ever and it’s good to try other things from time to time or just have a break and return refreshed. But, oh, it is marvellous Clive, and probably the single most important thing that encouraged me to pick up a paintbrush again was your Artlog challenges 🙂

    • Phil, thank you. Hitting a low spot, that’s all. As you know, the past year has been a tad tough, and I don’t seem to have what it takes to bounce back as quickly as when I’m not so bone-weary. It will pass, and no doubt I’ll get a second wind. But for the present, it is more than enough to know that the Artlog might have spurred you on a little. That’s reassuring right now. Sending love to Berlin.

  4. Dear Clive
    Thank you SO much for your art log, because although I wont be able to see it in ‘the real’ it’s a jolly sight better than not seeing it at all.
    I’ll be with you in my heart.
    Love as ever
    B xxx

    • Dear Bern, thank you for those kind words. The fact is that recently I’ve been wondering whether to continue with it. I’ve been running the Artlog since November 2009, and there are times when I’m not at all sure whether it merits all the effort I put into it. I thought I’d put off any decisions until after the exhibition, and then take stock. It’s heartening to know that you enjoy it still.

      • My heart lurched and then sunk a bit when I read your comment Clive.

        The Artlog has been a life line for me. I can say that catagorically.
        When I first discovered it I was in a deep emotional and creative slump, having decided to walk away from doing large exhibitions a few months prior, an activity which had filled me to bursting with creative joy, but having been unable to make it work financially. It was a bitter blow for me. But the Artlog helped to put the wind back into my sails, it made me creatively curious again, I questioned all of my artistic practises, deepening my knowlege and understanding immeasurably along the way.

        It also gets me through my dreary working ‘day job’ days, and every post is a pleasure to look forward to and to savour when it arrives. The ‘comments’ are like tasty morsels as they drop into my inbox one at a time.

        Not to mention all the lovely people I have met through the Artlog.

        The Artlog feels almost like a beacon for creative people. A light for us moths, lost in the night to make our way toward.

        Nobody, nobody, nobody would begrudge you some well earned rest and a break from the coal face of the Artlog, it would certainly free up time for other projects, so perhaps it is selfish of me to want you to coninue. we all appreciate the time and enormous effort you put into every posting, and doubly so the time and care that goes into answering the countless questions put to you. I have no doubt that many of those insights that you dispense are life changing for lots of people (as they have been for me)

        If you do decide to stop, can I ask one thing?
        Will we still be able to call opon you in times of need, like King Arthur?
        (a comparison I have held in my head since first encountering you)

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