‘The Musicians Who Only Play and Sing for the Drowning’

The collaborative event that I have received funding from and ‘Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’

Involves the exploration of  marrying ‘sculpting  with sound’ techniques with my improvisational  Indian music discipline/practice.  

I will be working with Dr.Matthew Emmett and we will be using these images to inspire musical montages and mutually improvised soundscapes.

The Musicians Who Only Play and Sing for the Drowning‘ is a body of work that I have been developing since July 2018, when I moved into our new studio in Castlemount Victoria Place Axminster. Most of this work is on unstrethed canvas primed and with a number of coats of gesso applied. Much of my large work i had to take of the stretchers and roll up to store as the door to the studio and stairs made it impossible to keep them on their stretchers.This brought to my mind that I couldn’t carry on working the way I had before. It was to some extent traumatic but we are in traumatized times anyway. The title is drawn from the pain I feel as a visual artist, and musician about the migration of peoples, the loss of life and of dreams which have been sacrificed on route to a sometimes hostile destination.

‘the musicians who only sing and play for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas ‘finished’ 180cm x 129cm 2018/19
‘the musicians who only sing and play for the drowning’ by ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas ‘finished’ 180cm x 69cm 2019
‘one of the musicians who only sing and play for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas ‘finished’ 160cm x 60cm 2019
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ panel 8 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 175cm x 49cm.
The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ panel 8 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 168cm x 85cm.
The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ind on gesso on canvas 225cm x 125cm
detail ‘The Musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain Indian ink and Gesso on canvas
detail ‘The Musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain Indian ink and oil on gesso on canvas
detail ‘The Musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain. Indian ink and gesso on canvas
‘The Musicians Who Only Play and Sing For The Drowning’ by Ricky Romain no 10. 162cm x 122cm oil and Indian Ink on unstreched canvas 2020
detail from panel 10 by Ricky Romain
Detail from ‘The Musician Who Only Play and Sing For The Drowning’ panel 10 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on canvas.
Detail from ‘The Musician Who Only Play and Sing For The Drowning’ panel 10 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on canvas
Detail from ‘The Musician Who Only Play and Sing For The Drowning’ panel 10 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on canvas
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right’ (title from Bob Dylan) painting by Ricky Romain. oil and Indin ink on gesso on canvas 25cm x 25cm. 2019. (private collection) From the body of work entitled ‘the musicians who only play and sing for the drowning,
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on canvas. 63cm x 49cm
One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 109cm x 68cm 2019
One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 109cm x 68cm 2019
One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 120cm x 48cm 2019
‘One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 108cm x 58cm 2019
‘One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 98cm x 62cm  2019
‘One of the Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ No 6 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 169cm x 62cm  2020
‘The Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ No 7 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 169cm x 62cm  2020
‘The Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ No 8 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 119cm x 36cm  2020
‘The Musicians who Only Play for the Drowning’ No 9 by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on gesso on unstrecthed canvas. 110cm x 60cm  2020
Praying Soul by Ricky Romain. Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas 166cm x 122cm
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain page from one of my sketch books.
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain. page from one ov my sketch books
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain. page from one of my sketch books
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain page from one of my sketch books
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky Romain page from one of my sketch books.
‘The musicians who only play and sing for the drowning’ by Ricky romain a page from one of my sketch books.

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