THE GREAT CURATOR. How I started getting me and the paintings out of the studio.....First tip - you never know who you'll meet in the pub!
It was 1988, and I met a man (Dave Felker) in a pub one evening in Brighton who turned out to be an artist and a gallery owner in Anchorage Alaska.
He had been awarded a State award/grant and decided to use it to travel to Europe to look for artists. Making a long story short, I was one of the artists chosen and after successfully taking part in the first group show I was invited to Alaska to have a solo show at the gallery.
When I arrived in Anchorage and saw how Dave operated my eyes were opened to the idea of one not only having a studio but a gallery as well. Dave rented space in a large industrial building where he had several rooms, studio, workshop and a gallery that consisted 6 rooms. The Gallery was called the The International Gallery of Contemporary Art. (IGCA) He said he called it that because it was on International Airport Road but the name also gave it extra Gravitas. Over the years he had curated many shows with local artists and artists from the lower 48 (The rest of the US to Alaskans) So on my return to Brighton I thought that overtime this was something I could do myself.