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exhibition (scroll down to bottom of the page).
work from 2012> has been shown in Felixstowe Reunion Gallery,
Bury St Edmunds Apex Gallery, Colchester's Digby Gallery at the
Mercury Theatre and Frame Workshop in Ipswich,
Suffolk. New departures and challenges are embodied in this sequence of
vibrant, non-representational, non-figurative works in rich,
colour-saturated acrylics, often on glass, with integral painted
framing. Exploratory, experimental and, as Marcel Duchamp has it,
definitely 'retinal' in character. The stream of new work will
continue. Borin exhibited his work regularly in the independent art
gallery, The Freudian Sheep at 104 St Helens Street, Ipswich until its
closure in September 2016.
Borin Van Loon gave
an illustrated talk 'From Superman
via Psychedelia to Surrealism' on his work as collagist,
illustrator and painter
and shared what motivates and inspires him (that's what it says on the poster) in an event organised by Ipswich Art
Society at the Co-operative
Educational Centre, Ipswich. Over 90 images were used, some,
never-before-seen pieces of Borin's earliest paintings and collages.
There is an illustrated review
of the talk by artist Mark Beesley on
the Freelance website (scroll down this page for Links).
We recently found an
review of 'Heroine', a women's
comic from the 70s which Borin
contributed. It's in the Collage Comics
page with Suzy Varty's cover image.
Borin's book DNA
was republished (January 2011) in a revised edition as DNA: the molecule that
shook the world by Columbia University
Press in America. First published in 1983 as DNA for Beginners, the authors
arranged with CUP for a major overhaul of the information in the book,
meanwhile preserving many of the favourite illustrations and strips.
This radical surgery could not have been achieved without the sterling
work of Milenda Lee, Senior Designer at at CUP. Hat's off to her!
Dickon, The Ideologically-Sound
Secret Agent, of The Chap magazine (and
anthologised, at over 100 pages, in The
Omnibus by Severed Head Books. You can buy copies
of this magnus opus via
secure server whether or not you have a
PayPal account; there is supporting material and a Bart
Mart for Bart Dickon gifts, too! He now has a presence on
myspace.com and has a
of his adventures for fans to read - see
Links below. The
Omnibus has garnered impressive reviews. Catherine Larner's
article on Borin and The
Bart Dickon Omnibus was published in the January 2008 issue of The
(We are able to offer many images on this site
as limited edition
prints. Contact us here. The Captain Beefheart
print continues to sell
from time to time and the sad death of the subject seems to
have renewed interest among fans.)
Accidental Etymology of 'Borin
Van Loon' [see also The Van Loon
1. So Soon: Slag Boom Van Loon
(Mu Ziq: Speedy J). 2001 Remix Album on label: PLANETMU featuring
Boards Of Canada. As played on Radio 1 by the much-missed John Peel.
Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings': fictional world of Middle-earth, Borin is a Dwarf of Durin's Line,
the second son of King NŠin II. He was the ancestor of both
Balin and Gimli, Elf-friend of the Company of the Ring.
3. Loon: Great
Northern Diver [Gavia immer],
see Page of Loons.
And just to show the breadth of interest
(in this case of mythical proportions) of this Rennaissance Man, we
found this book during a recent trawl of the web: "Cytotaxonomical
Atlas of the Balkan Flora (Cytotaxonomical Atlases, Vol 4) by Borin Van
Loon. Lubrecht & Cramer Ltd; Released: August, 1987; List Price:
If only this Borin had actually written the work...
Van Loon & Bart
Dickon now appear on Wikipedia.
Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Triclops
The Links section
Let us know if you have an appropriate website and
would like to
involves Borin's interest in the use of historic
on walls in his home town of Ipswich in Suffolk (and further afield).
galleries of images gathered
several years show a bygone era of advertisements, company names,
signs and architectural lettering. The site has continued to develop
since its inception 2003 and
are asked to contribute information, images and amendments.
thingies is a blog which has now featured Borin's Brain Damage
work. It's nice
to see a large number of scans of collage comix pages and Mail Order
singer-songwriter, see the Album covers
page for designs and illustration.
Jim Gaylard, musician, teacher
and drummer, see the Album
covers page for designs and illustration.
an informal, locally-based group of creative professionals of which
is the Chair; the creative-freelance site has a great gallery
work (including Borin's) therein plus articles and information.
magazine regularly featured Borin's collage comics and 'A
Severed Head' ran there for several years.
Planets: The natural philosophy of alien life'
Funky Science site. Borin has contributed to his award-winning book.
Reufle's poetry books are available from Cornell
University and are also on amazon.com. See our Weather
Waveney Clarion website built by Borin and Don Mathew, commemorating East
Anglia's famous community newspaper to which Borin Cotributed in 1970s
Gravett, comics afficianado, has been very encouraging to Borin's Bart Dickon project. See his many
books on comics.
Freebase now has details of
Borin's comix work.
Why not visit fellow East Anglian artists' sites?-
The masque : Mark
The Derz :
Keith Dersley's Ragged Edge website with poetry, music and more.
exhibition at The Freudian Sheep Contemporary Art Gallery,
June 6 to 3 July 2015.
The exhibition comprised all four exhibition spaces of the
Sheep’s 17th century merchant’s house. Works ranging from collages,
early posters, oil paintings, watercolours, comics and three
dimensional work were on show; some of the work has never been
exhibited before. Drawing inspiration from the Belgian and Paris
Surrealist movements and the psychedelic art of the 1960s, Borin has
been developing his unique style of surreal humour, photo-realistic
paintings and collage comics over the last forty-five years.
Since 2012 he has embarked on a new sequence of non-figurative
paintings on glass with integral painted framing, rich in saturated
colour, sometimes using mirrors. A selection of these new works will be
on display in The Full Sunlight Room. Fragmented portraits of
manipulated print media will be on display in The
Facial Make-Ups Room.
Elsewhere, surrealism rubbed shoulders with skyscapes, portraits
works which disturb and amuse in equal measure. Borin’s unique collaged
graphic novel The Bart Dickon Omnibus was
on sale, plus a very limited signed edition (of ten!) of the
collected works of Roy of the Rogers
Flickr collection of the whole
exhibition... and now the film
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