How Hot Metal came about......in John's words
I left school in May of the legendary summer of ‘76.
I was accepted at the Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen to study art and design in September. However, due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to attend the course.
As I alluded to previously the summer of 1976 was amazing, the best summer in decades. So hot the tar melted on the pavements and the great weather lasted well into the autumn. Fantastic! I was only 17 and finally free from school. I did quite well academically speaking but school just wasn’t for me. I spent that summer lazing in the sun, walking in the hills and generally enjoying my new found freedom.
Then reality hit! Before I knew it October had arrived. I needed to get a job!
The Hot Metal Art gallery will be on display in Gasoline Alley, at Alba Customs from the evening of Thursday 29 March 2018 until Monday 14 June 2018.
Come along and have a look.
A glimpse of John's work and his comments...
While I was working at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt, one of my duties was official photographer. My favourite assignment of the year was to take photos of the students team building exercise. Ferrari kindly lent us a formula one car for the day. The students formed teams (four in a team if memory serves me correctly). They had to remove and replace one of the cars wheels. The quickest team won. Some were very good at it too. During a break in the proceedings I took a photograph of one of the wheels with the gloves and tool used for removing the wheel. I always intended to do a drawing of it and here it is, at last
My first post of 2018 on Hot Metal, a little colour sketch of a lovely Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
Again I saw this on my trip to the USA last year.
The drawing is a lot "looser" than my usual style.
Just thought I would experiment a bit.
Another addition to HotMetalArt,a 1966 Pontiac GTO
That mesh grill just took forever.!