Metal painting 1 (EOYS)

The initial stages of this painting seemed promising!


as you can see my initial progress seemed well a nice solid pink has been laid and a fair coat has been applied. The problem was I had done it upside down!!


The cleats that I welded onto the frame were on the bottom which obviously wouldn’t be suitable!




Furthermore I also had the problem of a thick layer being clumped I had propped up over night hoping it would of realigned and spread and leveled itself although it didn’t.



The finished article well the face was something I could live with even though it was also speckled with dust and crap in the air!


I began my quest to find a suitable place to produce the next one! I decided the spray booth may be good I could use extraction fans to keep out the crud!



While it did a bit of a better job and keeping stuff off the surface it was only marginal :( the other kick in the nuts was that the space was so cramped that I couldn’t easily apply the paint so I had to spread to the best I could… it wasn’t good.


Both times it had shown signs of poor application and setting and also I wasn’t happy to publish these they were no good. It was time to destroy and go back to the drawing board!



Removing using white spirits and a plastic tool.




Interesting effects the white sprite solvent produces its the same as wrinkling although I could control its effect.



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I looked for some clues to what was causing problems! It was the ambitious scale of the product I was producing! If it’s so big I cannot so easily control the effects that are against me, furthermore time was not on my side! I looked to then produce a stripe… there’s less and it’s a design I am confident with. My problem is I cannot bare to unwittingly commit the centre of attention to a passive colour the central stripe demands contrast!


Still fumbling with the ideas of colours red/ white I drew up the lines I wanted to reduce the painted surface area from my initial sizes it didn’t quite look right… accidentally I made two lines… perfect it’s not central and it’s still bold lets do these bad boys in pink!


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Planning the finial works

My plan is to recreate a selection of these compositions on a more refined surface. The compositions are from different years although this is about what works and what doesn’t. I am selecting now.

i have looked into getting clear vinyl labels printed they cost £11/0.5m


Here are some images of what I would select.


There is a problem I encountered. The problem is the edges of the metal surfaces I have made are not sharp 90* bends they have a bevel to them. This is a problem as any works that match up with the edges will visually inflate any imperfections. Below in my notes is the initial noting of the problem and three diagrams of soloutions:

1 form a boarder on the edges.

2 form a boarder on the face.

3 work with compositions that don’t have boarder correlation.



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I have thought about using the compositions as a template guide on how to make them although then allowing the resin to form its own conclusions.



These are ‘floppy paintings’ I would attach metal sheets to the wall and then bend then using force to have them manipulated to a shape.


Here are some compositions that I have selected to use and I have speculated with each on what method/ style that they can be done with (box metal canvas or floppy painting).

coming to a conclusion regarding how and where to create the edge or if even to have one is hard! I thought that it would be best to just give it some time with my option to see would work! It wasn’t working. I devised a test board with the sample options here it is below:


This will show me a face boarder, edge boarder, coverings on the edges and also a free flowing technique!



I used black paint as I wanted a high contrasting colour that I could look at an reflect on properly.


I am trailing an absence of the rubber roller! I may be using a screen printing sqedgie but it hasn’t arrived yet so I have used a piece of dowel in a similar fashion.



As we can see the free flowing section hasn’t survived wrinkles have occluded due to the lack of intervention of levelling it. The paint covering the sides seems to be thinner although this is to be expected… at least it worked

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I dislike the cut off at the edge of the face I will quite possibly use to covering of the sides my argument would be why bother making sides if they were not nessasary deep down. Also parcel tape seems to of worked the best WTF!!!

Now I am at a point to make and complete. From now on my developments will be posted in new posts with the awknoledgment EOYS (end of year show) bracketed.

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Kevin Caron

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Personal statement 2018

Jason Cook, born October 1995, Cardiff. He is currently a final year student artist in Cardiff. Jason Studied at the University of South Wales in Trefforest under Fine Art and later Cardiff metropolitan university in Landaff, also under Fine Art.

Jason’s working practice entails thoughts like Desire and Greed and Anguish and Harmony. Painting as of late seems the most suitable to communicate. Jason makes use of the traditional stretcher to display his revolt, that is both symbolic against his perceived stature and of his and many others and their current situations. Jason is driven to make art for both selfish reasons and also sinister ones. Art is a powerful object and can bring change but also may answer questions of the unknown strictly regarding mortality, curiosity and beyond. Making artwork is like religious experience.

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Making a metal canvas

Now I have obtained my metal sheeting I can make my metal canvas? or so I think its suitable to say!

My plan is to take a 30mm section off all sides (to keep a proportional look) and form a 90* bend. The corners of the face will need to have been clipped off to support the bending. Once the shell is made I intend to insert a wooden frame on the inside. This might be essential but I will see as its going on!

Here is an image of the metal:


Here is the sheets cut out template:


Here is the tool I will use to clip the corner:


Here is the cut out section: 


I make the 90* tab bend by hammer and a clamped edge:


Here is the machine I will use to form the 90* bends:




Here is the sheet after being bent:


I used a test sheet and luckily I did as here is a problem that arose while I had put too many teeth in the press machine:


Here are some of the finial panels that I have produced. They are by no means complete I still need to bend the tops and spot weld the flaps down to the back:


I’m not going to lie I’m abit sad, disappointed and mad with myself! My bending skills are crap and so all the edges are poorly done!



Here below are some images of the canvases once they have been beaten using a hammer smooth edged 2×2 and a clamp!

I needed to think of some soloutions to hanging! Well I can always add a wooden frame inside and use a French clear system although I think I may be able to get away without it in my depressed state calling my father I asked about making my own brackets and then welding them on would they hold the wight and not snap off apparently they are pretty much stuck on for life unless hit directly with a hammer and a cold bore chisel.








Here is some ideas of a cleat system I was thinking about I ditched the curves as it was too fiddly and unnessasary!




Two spot welds is better than one although highly ugly!



I used abrasive surfaces to remove the freshly forming carbon layers.






Here are some ideas below that I used to try and make a hanging system!


This is the shape I went with in the end! Lots of stability and small and neat also easy to make!


Here are two placed on the wall with the use of screws.


Of course there are also two lined up on the back of the paintings in reverse they act just the same as standard French cleats.



I’m now thinking about how I might polish the surface I have done a cleaning but perhaps a polish but only if it’s easy enough! Here’s a video I watched:

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Metal supplier

Celsia steel

I got in contact with Chris Hagg

he was super helpful! He suggested I get in contact with Tartar steel in portbot, Cardiff galvanisers, and stockists! He mentioned that I would be looking for strip metal as they stock cobalt metals!


I then got in contact with Carol from Cardiff galvanisers! She too was super helpful offering to call back after asking around which she did and suggested metal fabs!


I managed to find my university’s supplier just off the measurements of the steel I already had I got in contact with Brian from art on steels who discussed that they price up, can cut and even after I Enquired fabricate a structural support! Wow!

Brian requested a diagram of the frame I had in mind I sent that off I have also contacted the metal specialist in my university to see if I can learn to make the frame myself.


Turns out Brian is a cock and was charging 400% mark up and also refusing to contact me back. well fuck him!

After some driving in Barry docks I went to one place that wanted to charge me £48 all sheets cut and prepped! Printmet Limited. Here is where they are located:


This was even more expensive than others, atleast they were polite!

I then got in contact with a ship manufacturer who recommended me to Duvid Steels who were great! they had people looking and actively working to find me a good deal!


I revered to my fathers contact called Almac air-conditioning the gents there are top and I would recommend! The contact I spoke to was Jeff! Top guy he spoke with me, collected and cut all the materials I purchased and gave me some suitable offcuts for half the price of anyone else! A true good guy I will never forget the deed they have done for me!



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Visit to Bristol

Im heading to Bristol in a few days so I thought I would check out what’s on offer art wise!







Left for Bristol

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Spike island was still being assembled and I couldn’t access their student studios because of it being owned privately


Arnolfini was closed! :(


Decided to go get some food in a cool Berger place :)


Went back to spike island:

First impressions: it felt kinda like a blown up puzzle it was all a bit cryptic. Clues and the term “material for” placed before all sentences. Once you remove it, it made the work better. Placement was sparse yet not a weakness it aided composition of the curation which supported my awareness of it. The style was clean and the execution was skilful with a feeling of excitement to it. It felt playful where the work fell short what it’s cheep connotations it felt ikea, perhaps this was a comment on modern decoration and society or perhaps a way to control the viewers thoughts by tying the work to something relatable.

Unfortunately the studio had specified that there shouldn’t be any photographs taken so I didn’t.

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After reading the accompanying text: the work is actually fairly relatable to what I do myself! The curator Elisa Kay talks to Iman Issa and confronts her style of work and how she refers to it as ‘instrumental application of forms’. About how the work takes a well known monument and the artist aims to convey the representational qualities of that in a concentrated form. Well isn’t this what I do? But Issa denies that they are abstracted or just reduced. She discusses it as a understanding of what it is that is being concentrated what qualities and why do they convey what we see? She talks about her lack there of to include the name and date of the origin monument. She talks about how it is kind of irrelevant given that it usually isn’t the most memorable bit of provided information. This is obvious and a reliable experience given that we are visual people as art driven humans. The conversation is moved onto the point regarding special awareness and the use of the feature of a space to support a natural flow of the space and least contamination between works ideologies.


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Oriel Davis Open 2018









Here are the images that I submitted for the gallery application. They were all changed according to the standards requested.

Information and Entry Form

I paid using a bank transfer

Here is my CV and Personal statement copy:



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International Foundation Course Student Facilitator

Now speaking in the third year reflecting on my second year experiences

I applied for this position in my second year of degree. At the time of the application there was a lot going on as I was producing an art show and also working on the university work. I was in contact with Gareth Barnum and David Fitzjohn. I applied thought the conventional means and secured an interview. I was the only second year student to make It thought although I didn’t get the job! I was under experienced and I didn’t really know what I needed to say. I didn’t have any preconceptions I just went in with a clean slate. I didn’t mention any of my training or what I could bring to the table realistically. The position wasn’t reopened to my knowledge and I didn’t reapply.

Now coming to a close of my BA studies I am looking to move forward into my PGCE qualification I am reflecting on this. If I was to reapply I would be able to mention more such as I can offer a hands on approach to teaching, experience in a studio, experience with physically building stretchers and following writing my dissertation the ins and outs of painting material. I am a clam teacher with my focus on well being as an equal to knowledge given.

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Two people on a sharp corner (title TBC)**


Here is an original concept I developed its about a 90 degree corner and the chances that two people walk around it at the same time! It’s quite common!!

I needed to think about what each person sees to create a suitable composition how much needed to be covered to suggest being close to the wall without paying attention to the end?

The diagram on the right was a second version it didn’t do what I needed it to do as well as my original one.


I then started to think well if it’s two people should it be from two perspectives?? Well I though about producing the same painting twice just inverted although that seemed like a waste of time and resources! It’s concept driven not figurative!! I then done this (above) it’s both views on one landscape surface! It hasn’t grown on me.

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