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rakehorn

ABOUT JP

My work's about the union of opposites. Order and chaos. Life, or creation, and death, or destruction and decay. Finely worked and accidental, perfect and imperfect, it uses the pull between the two, with sex as its theme.


I draw and paint sexual images because I have had the same kind of obsession with sex as I have had with drawing. I've been obsessed with both since I was a child. And, what better theme to make pictures of? Man’s been doing this for thousands of years; it’s only recently that he’s not had to veil it in allegory.


My pictures are more the result of not painting what I don’t like than painting what I do: They’re the result of a process of exclusion as much as addition. I start them by sitting down with a surface and giving myself a problem. It’s the solving of the problem that makes the picture.


I like the idea of chance entering the images I make. It’s like handing part of the process to something outside of myself, something bigger. It’s all part of that union of opposites, in this case, chaos and order: I like the way that things break down at the edges of knowledge. How, no matter how ordered you try to make things, chaos is always there, nibbling at the edges. How, no matter how chaotic, random and chance-filled the universe seems to be, some kind of structure always appears. Instead of trying to banish the chaos, I try to let it have a place.


i try to make pictures that stand up as objects in themselves, without needing lengthy or esoteric explanations. But, that’s not to say that they’re all surface. I like unfinished work, too. For me, a highly finished picture or sculpture is somehow dead. Sketches, workings, they retain a sense of potential, of life.


I often make work from found paper, from unsound or unusual materials, or from things I know will slowly decay. It’s part of leaving a picture with some kind of life, some impermanence, or in an unfinished state. I also like the idea of craftsmanship, which feeds into my art work from my day-to-day work. It somehow feels more satisfying and real than self-referential, ideas-based work.

 

To purchase any of these artworks, please contact me via the 'contact' page.

 

 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

 

12" of Sin, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, February 2012

 

Dirty Show, Detroit, USA, 2012

 

Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2012

 

Salon des Refuses du Peche, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,

June 2013

 

Winner, best in show;

12" of Sin, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 2014

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Anonymous Private Collection, Las Vegas, USA

Ms. K. Macuchova, Praha, Czech Republic

Mrs. K. Fisher-Appleton, Kent, England

Ms. M. Lester, Berkshire, England

Broadstairs Bijou Hotel, Broadstairs, England

Mrs. L. Friedman-Buzzard, Virginia, USA

Mr. T. Thompson, USA

Anonymous collector, Brisbane, Australia

Ms. R. Ramsden, Sussex, UK