Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Ned at Redgrave

St. Mary's Church at Redgrave is run by the local community almost as a village hall. Although no longer the official parish church, a few religious sermons are still conducted there with the permission of the community and every first Saturday of each month they hold an open day. Saturday 04 October they invited NPP to exhibit. It's a wonderful venue, perhaps the most beautiful I have exhibited in thus far.
I later returned for a 2 week exhibition 01-14 December 2008.

An article by Jonathan Wynne-Jones in the Daily Telegraph about St. Mary's Church Redgrave...


My diary Redgrave Church 03 - 30.11.2008
Press Release 01 December 2008

My diary Redgrave Church 02 - 04.10.2008
My diary Redgrave Church 01 - 29.09.2008
Press Release 04 October 2008
Artist's Statement 04 October 2008

Sunday, 30 November 2008

My diary Redgrave Church 03 - 30.11.2008

Continues from St. Botolph's Primary 03

Sunday 30 November 2008 - Lyndon due 1.30pm with Luton van to collect my paintings and head for the church. Arsenal at Chelsea today. Big day.
.... Indeed, it was. Lyndon was a reliable as ever, we moved my painting collection and station into Redgrave Church, Bob Hayward went through the lighting and heating system with me and I was home in time for 4pm kick-off. Chelsea 1 Arsenal 2. What a result!

This last week saw the 'terror' in Mombay, India. I suspect it will be a catalyst for the US to attack Pakistan and the introduction of further 'anti-terrorist' law. The incident was immediately described as India's 9/11. A links of current interest...

Monday 01 December 2008 - At Redgrave 11.30am-8.oopm setting up the gig and still further work to do tomorrow until I can commence painting. It's such an impressive venue, but who's going to come here? It's so off the beaten track.

Tuesday 02 December 2008 - photos from today; not always in focus, but it's been a long day...

Wednesday 03 December 2008 - It's cold! This is perhaps the best exhibition I've ever produced, yet only Bob comes to see me everyday and he's off to Australia on Friday. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Started the Constable painting. More photos...

NPP blog visits to date: 2,385

Thursday 04 December 2008 - Constable is coming...

Visited St. Botolph's Primary at midday for a photo shoot with some of the kids in front of the wall painting.

Saturday 06 December 2008 - Despite it being the Redgrave Church Open Day, visitors to the exhibition were few and far between. The local press didn't cover the event and that would have made a difference. Thanks for nothing local editors Steve Penny and Barry Peters! It was good to see Mike though. He played the church organ and his wife Monica explained they had originally met while she was once pumping his organ many years ago...

Julian continues woodwork...

Work continues on Constable: Latest Painting: NPP Constable...

Tuesday 09 December 2008 - I started drawing out a portrait of Nelson, but on Thursday there will be a funeral at the church which means clearing away the paintings which probably means clearing away most of the exhibition for the get out. It's so bloody cold anyway. Panting in the church was a nice idea, but just too cold!

Monday 15 December 2008 - Yet another rejection from a Turkish company received today..
Dear Mr. Pamphilon,
We have received your proposal about the seminar “Ataturk Peace Project”.
Thank you for your consideration. However, because of our intensive corporate activity plans and the fullfilled budget, we are sorry that we cannot put your proposal to good use.
We wish you success with your project.
Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

It's hilarious - of course, Turkcell are never going to use the work of an English Ataturk painter Ned Pamphilon while Tayyip Erdogan is the Turkish Prime Minister. We all know the AKP feels about Ataturk: they can't stand him! By the way, exactly what they mean by seminar I'm not sure. I've never mentioned a seminar.

Moved the exhibition out of Redgrave church today. Not the most successful event I have been involved with. It was so cold.

This is a wonderful moment: A local TV reporter throwing his shoes at US President George W Bush at a Baghdad news conference...
Bush is a disgrace and this reporter deserves applause for his courage. No doubt he was beaten for his actions. I would love to paint this shoe throwing moment.

Go to The story so far 17-18.12.2008

Saturday, 29 November 2008

PRESS RELEASE 01 December 2008

St. Mary’s Church Redgrave
Painting To Promote The Bigger Picture: East Anglia
Artist Ned Paints Live At Redgrave: After Edmund – Who Next?

Monday 01 - Sunday 14 December

Artist Ned Pamphilon returns to St. Mary’s Church Redgrave to establish an atelier for 2 weeks painting live in-situ. He’s just completed painting with children spending a week each at St. Edmund’s and St. Botolph’s Primary Schools. At Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre in September he put his first paint to canvas in the UK since being away for 10 years, producing a portrayal of St. Edmund. And after Edmund – who next? At Redgrave he will continue to paint and promote East Anglia and subjects for portrayal next include Constable (1776-1837), Nelson (1758-1805) and Thomas Paine (1737-1809).

“Painting local iconic figures promotes our local area; giving a reference point for school children to explore local history; generating a conversation and awareness about who we are and where we are. My home is on the Norfolk-Suffolk border betwixt Diss, Thetford and Bury, therefore, East Anglia is the bigger picture.”

Redgrave hold an Open Day the first Saturday of every month. This Saturday 06 December 10am-5pm will coincide with Ned’s first weekend in residence. If you want Ned to come paint at your school next year this is an opportunity to discuss it with him.

Follow the progress at http://www.nedpamphilon.com/

Having attended local schools at Barningham, Ixworth and Thurston, Ned moved onto London’s Soho and then abroad where painting in public became standard procedure; exhibiting in shopping centres, hotels and public venues rather than conventional art galleries. After 10 years based in Istanbul, Turkey, Ned returned home in the summer. He’s since completed activities at Coney Weston Village Hall, Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre in Bury St. Edmunds, Redgrave Church, Samuel Ward Art & Technology College in Haverhill, St. Edmunds Primary and St. Botolph’s Primary. He returns to Redgrave to paint live in the church.

“Redgrave and the mobile phone signal are off the beaten track; a fabulous venue run by the local community using and maintaining this historic building - what an atelier for 2 weeks! Who’s next after Edmund? Further iconic figures from East Anglia providing further material to promote the local area.”

Ned will make himself available to the general public each day 2pm-8pm. He can be called on 07092 858 362 to confirm availability.
New posters of St. Edmund, Blooming Bury as well as the popular Bosphorus Kiss and SpüngerBob SquarePants will be publicly available for the time at Redgrave.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

My diary Redgrave Church 02 - 04.10.2008

Continued from My diary Redgrave Church 01 29.09.2008

Saturday 04 October 2008 - Gig at St. Mary's Church, Redgrave.
Firstly, photography by Jonathan Slack,
http://www.slack.co.uk/ ...

And now my snap happy photos...


Below is Niamh with an outfit matching the colours of Albert Monroe-Marilynstein; I promised to blog her - hi Niamh!

Niamh again - a tad blurred, ama bos ver - Turkish for nevermind...

The vestry...

Sunday 05 October 2008 - Loaded up and ready to leave.

The rain had been so heavy, the earth so damp, a jack had to be used to lift a van out of the mud and away from the church porch...

Tuesday 07 October 2008 - I was sent this link and quote...
Zeitgeist: Addendum
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity... The country behind this propaganda is the US"
Robin Cook - Former British Foreign Secretary

Wednesday 08 October 2008 - attended the funeral of Iris Sawyer at Great Barton church. The church was standing room only. Here's to you Paul!

Saturday 11 October 2008 - Collected NPP image reproductions from Denny Brothers in Bury. Delivered them in the afternoon. Discussed a return to Redgrave before Xmas. I'd like to paint Boadicea, Nelson, Constable and any other appropriate Suffolk celeb. Party at Heaven. No camera. No mobile phone. Ben celebrating 60, Ray 65. I do remember jamming guitar with drums and a harmonica player. Great stuff.

Go to NPP at Samuel Ward

Monday, 29 September 2008

My diary Redgrave Church 01 - 29.09.2008

Continued from My Cornhill diary 04 15.09.2008

Monday 29 September 2008 - A first mention of the Redgrave gig was brought to my attention by Nilay from Istanbul; the power of internet! It is from the One Suffolk website...
Art Exhibition: Redgrave:

This afternoon I helped Ben move out from Blackthorpe Barn...

The notorious 'Dick-Head' piece below...

I want to display Ben's work with my paintings, perhaps on a return gig at Cornhill Walk. I'm suggesting we do not mention the title 'Dick-Head' at the shopping centre, but of course Ben is adamant if the piece is shown, so is the name. I adore 'The Dolphin Seat'. Thankfully, it didn't sell at Blackthorpe Barn for £3,480 so we can put the price up to £10,000 minimum. It's a superb piece.

I also love 'The McManus Wheel' and circle. The shoppers at Cornhill will love it too...

Advert for www.treesculpture.co.uk below...

Bigger Ben's assistant smaller Ben juggling...

On my way back from Heaven, while picking blackberries, Georgina from The Diss Express called resulting in a photo session with Mark Bullimore at St. Mary's Church, Redgrave...

Inside St. Mary's, the venue was a grand setting for the St. Edmund painting...

Here's a test shot before Mark arrived...

Tuesday 30 September 2008 - Andy Abbott, head of photography at Archant came round to photo 'St. Edmund' and 'Blooming Bury? Yeah!' This means I can varnish the paintings for Redgrave... Arsenal 4 Lisbon 0 - that's more like it!
ID card information for those who care to read it...

Wednesday 01 October 2008 - There's a news report about alleged 'Holocaust-denier' Gerald Toben has been arrested at Heathrow. I find this bizarre. Why is some one arrested for an idea? We don't arrest members of the BNP for their ideas. This just doesn't seem right, even if Mr. Toben is a misguided misinformed nutter, why is he being arrested? What happened to freedom of speech? The charge is apparently based on 'denying, approving or playing down' the Holocaust...
'Holocaust denier' Gerald Toben arrested at Heathrow
Something about this isn't correct and it is the latest step that makes me question the 'official story' of the Holocaust. Does that implicate me for arrest? I'm questioning the official story of everything now-a-days. I'm not suggesting people were not killed. They quite obviously were. My friend Witold, a Polish survivor of 5 WWII concentration camps is a primary witness to murderous atrocities. I know I could, and indeed have, discussed the matter over coffee and chocolate biscuits with Witold, without being arrested...
What about the concentration camps the British ran? Africa? What about the 'genocide' of the North American Indians? What about the British conquering a 1/3 of the world? Did we simply knock on doors and say 'Excuse me old chap, would you mind awfully if we take over your territory?'

A visitor to our back garden...

Friday 03 October 2008 - Lyndon arrived 7am to load truck with paintings and exhibition materials and drive to Redgrave. Little did I know this image had been sent to press in the Diss Express for the week's issue...

Diss Express 03.10.2008, NPP at Redgrave Church...

Go to My diary Redgrave Church 02 - 04.10.2008

Sunday, 28 September 2008


St. Mary’s Church
Ned at Redgrave: St. Edmund Returns to St. Mary's

One Day – One Chance!

St. Mary’s Church, Redgrave invite you to an exhibition of artworks by Ned Pamphilon for one day only on Saturday 4th October 2008 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Ned has just completed a show at the Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre in Bury St. Edmunds where he put his first paint to canvas since being back in the UK after returning from 10 years in Turkey. He has produced a version of St. Edmund imbued with his unique sense of the unfathomed and brings the new portrait to Redgrave Church. As Ned says,
“Research about St. Mary’s Church at Redgrave informs me that ‘we know from surviving wills of parishioners that there was a chapel dedicated to St Edmund in the north aisle in 1471.’ It will be appropriate to take my portrayal of St. Edmund to Redgrave church.”

Ned’s colourful paintings inspire vibrancy and optimism; they are paintings that can make a difference to your day; come experience the painting Albert Monroe-Marilynstein changes before your eyes!

From local schools Barningham, Ixworth and Thurston to London’s Soho, he then moved abroad. Entirely English artist Ned Pamphilon has returned from years based in Istanbul where he began his public art life presenting the first ever contemporary art exhibition within the famous 500 year old shopping centre known as the Grand Bazaar. Indeed, he is more familiar with showing his work in shopping centres, hotels and public venues than conventional art galleries, bringing diverse subject matter directly to the public encapsulating themes from Churchill to SpongeBob SquarePants, Santa to saucers; real to surreal.

Ned departed Turkey leaving behind the biggest public portrait of the nation’s founder, “Ataturk Smiling” installed at Istanbul’s Lutfi Kirdar Conference & Exhibition Centre, plus numerous artworks in the public and private domain around the world. His most ambitious aim to date was the Istanbul Bosphorus Rainbow Bridge project. Cited in the Turkish media as an unofficial cultural ambassador, Ned frequently exhibited and painted with children and adults in schools, universities, hotels and shopping centres.

“The most obstinately provocative painter I know.”
Brian Sewell, art critic The London Evening Standard

“He’s the painting wizard.”
Eloise Willcox, Barningham Primary School, aged 4

With my great life experience from happiness through misery and ultimate incarceration in Concentration Camps to the very happy present....... I have the right to judge Ned's credibility, being still very young yet cultivating his talent as a very original painter. It took him 10 years of hard work in Turkey.
Now he will build his future very quickly and even the keepers of the Bosphorus Bridge might come back to him crying: "Ned please come back and paint the Rainbow on its underside."
I urge people to come to this unique one-man show. I have seen it three times in Coney Weston - it opened my eyes. WHAT A TALENT!!
Witold Kasicki, aged 88, Veteran of 2nd World War

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Artist's Statement


St. Mary’s Church, Redgrave Saturday 04 October 2008

I've returned home after more than a decade abroad. In the short term I intend to paint themes inspired by Suffolk, Norfolk, East Anglia and eventually Great Britain. I am open to new sponsors, collaborators and content to avoid the conventional gallery circuit unless a gallery proposes serious intent, desire and financial imagination. St. Mary's Church, Redgrave provides a perfect venue for NPP: a community venue managed by the community for the community; plus it's just so wonderfully, glamourous, beautiful, spiritual, spacious...

I'm selling cards and posters produced in Istanbul at a £1 each and today donating 50% of these to St. Mary's funds. I have a limited selection of photo-block reproductions from Istanbul at £25+ and also donating 50% of these. My original paintings artworks are my proverbial 'babies' and the prices is in the £thousands. You may find them unaffordably expensive. You may consider them assured investments at very reasonable prices. The moment you turn an ignition key in a new car, which probably cost more money than the price of one of my paintings, the value of the car may well instantly lose at least £1,000. Anything purchased signed 'Ned' will be an ever increasing valuable asset. At the time of typing, my paintings may be a more secure investment than the cash in your bank account. 10% of an agreed sale of an original painting made today will be donated to St. Mary's.

“The most obstinately provocative painter I know.”
Brian Sewell, art critic The London Evening Standard

Though few people in the UK today will realise it, I suppose an Englishman installing a 3.5m high Smiling Ataturk into Istanbul’s Lutfi Kirdar Conference & Exhibition Centre is potentially more controversial than a dead shark in tank of formaldehyde or an unmade soiled bed. Just proposing the painting of 7 colours of the rainbow underneath the Bosphorus Bridge has apparently been too controversial for the current Turkish government. The relevance of some work only becomes realised with time, not that I crave to be relevant or controversial. I desire to sell artwork to generate income to enable the creation of further artwork. I've have employed many people to reach this point; to display these paintings here today. Be in no doubt, mine is a business and the aim is to employ more people and attain higher prices for my artwork.

To those who might ask what does any painting 'mean'? Take a look! It means whatever it tells you.

I live, therefore I am, therefore I am aware of our political world. I am powerful and so are you. The alternative is not to be powerful, so I must believe that together we can make a difference and change the system where required. Yes, I'm fed up with the political direction of the world. Yes, I would withdraw British troops from all war zones. Yes, I suspect 'free energy' exists and some one somewhere is not telling the rest of us. Yes, I support Ben Platts-Mills STARCH campaign: Start Taxing All Refined Carbo-Hydrates. Yes, it is fun promoting St. Edmund and the place named after him where the Charter of Liberties was allegedly signed which allegedly pathed the way for the Magna Carta. Yes, I'd reform income tax as recommended by US Republican Ron Paul. Yes, I suspect the Bank of England is a private company, not a 'public bank of the English people'.

If I were Prime Minister I'd implement a policy for well designed public toilets on every street corner; reform our ridiculous coloured bin system and sanction dustbin men and women, the rag and bone industry and scrap yard merchants to manage and the work in a professional manner. In Turkey you can leave anything in the street and it soon disappears. They were recycling well before (David) Blood and (Al) Gore came along with their 'carbon tax' business. If I were in charge I'd introduce Nikola Tesla to all school science lessons; teach awareness that Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas; liberate the awareness and teaching of our sexual energy; legalise and exploit the the energy and health giving properties of the hemp plant; create awareness whereby the electorate wake up and realise there is no discernible difference between McCain, Obama, Clinton, Bush nor Blair. They apparently all lie. Outside my own local village hall there stands a memorial. The names from Bloomfield to Brothers to Hogg represent young people who died believing they were putting their lives on the line for their families, friends and future generations. I understand that when Winston Churchill warned Parliament from the back benches of the impending danger of Hitler, many of his fellow MP’s derided him; suggesting the silly old fool shut up and retire. In previous years I vocally supported Blair and Bush’s invasion of Iraq, believing, according to the information laid before me, there was justification. I now feel ashamed and rather stupid for voicing such opinion as I did, for example, at Turkish dinner tables. I now support the call for an instant withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq and that ‘we’ stop being the policemen of the world.

I demand at least a new enquiry into the events of 9/11. I ask that suspicions be addressed regarding those THREE steel structured buildings being blown-up by controlled explosions. I question whether the destruction of those 3 buildings was caused solely by aeroplane collision; it seems unlikely that fire could have pulverised such steel structured buildings. I call upon editors of all media outlets; including local Bury, Diss and Thetford newspapers, to stand up and be counted; to do their duty and as Churchill voiced his concerns over the Third Reich, for us to voice our concerns over a similar movement active today, but wearing a different face.

I do not know the whole truth. How could I? But, I do know our politicians and media are presenting daily tosh and nonsense; I demand a re-evaluation of the path our society is taking today. Our children are tomorrow’s future and we must ensure they realise a peaceful and healthy future.

Yes, I am so happy Arsene Wenger is the manager of Arsenal; mum is Norfolk-Suffolk gal, but dad is from London and I am inherently an Arsenal fan like my dad and his dad before him.

As for UFO's – I love them! There was a significant UFO case at nearby Rendlesham Forest about which Georgina Bruni (1947 – 19 January 2008) had a book You Can't Tell The People published in hardback by Sidgwick & Jackson in November 2000 and paperback by Pan Macmillan in November 2001. The title comes from a quotation by Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister at the time of the events, who told the author in 1997 at a cocktail party: "UFOs! You must get your facts right and you can't tell the people". Just ask Paul Hellyer, the ex Defence Minister of Canada; while he's still alive. Surely, as any sensible military Chief of Staff would do, we should have a peaceful and rational policy for ET contact – just in case. Indeed, the answer for all of us can only be love, peace and to understand the concept of living at a higher vibration... Everything that exists is an energy field, a unique vibrational pattern of energy created by thought and emotion. All that exists is the same energy, but these infinite patterns create infinite forms, just as water can manifest as liquid, clouds, steam and ice. They look and feel very different, but they are still water in different forms. Some energy patterns manifest as the human body, others the human mind, still others the birds, trees, insects, water, sky and air. At the level of pure energy everything is connected to everything else. There is no us and them, only we and ultimately "I".

Turkey has been a big influence for me. Their national slogan is, as bequeathed by the man who founded the Turkish Republic in 1923:
Yurtta Barış, Dunyada Barış - Peace at Home, Peace in the World.

In 1930 Ataturk wrote:
"Freedom consists of man's ability to do what he thinks and desires without any influence or intervention by others. This is the broadest definition of the concept. Mankind has never attained liberty to this extent and never will because as is known, men are creations of nature and nature itself is not absolutely free either; it is subject to universal laws."

I trust you enjoy this exhibition. Thank you to the community of Redgrave for allowing me this opportunity in this wonderful venue; an example for us all. Congratulations Redgrave.

Best wishes,
Ned Pamphilon
(girl's name PAM, boy's name PHIL, they bang a gong, get it ON, as in T Rex)