Friday, May 27, 2016

Japanese Passports to Feature Hokusai Ukiyo e Prints

Japanese passports are to feature reproductions of famous Hokusai prints on their pages.

There will be 24 prints all taken from Hokusai's famous ukiyo e series 36 Views of Mount Fuji.

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued some sample images to show what the passports will look like. The Japanese government will start issuing the passports in 2019 as Japan gets ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The external covers of the passports will remain the same as they are now Blue for five year passports and Red for ten year passports.

Paul Conneally

May 2016

EMI ANRAKUJI Untitled 455

EMI ANRAKUJI  Untitled 455  2015 japanese artist   new york photographer


Untitled 455 


Exhibition: 1800 Millim├Ętre

"Emi Anrakuji represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like photographs of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Posing naked, clothed, or partially dressed, Anrakuji takes a uniquely obsessive interest in her own body. Her legs, arms, toes, lips and hair create arresting compositions and erotic ambience. Anrakuji's obsession with the human body is a result, in part, from her long periods spent hospitalized: after graduating from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, she suffered a cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she began to make block prints, then photographs."

More of Emi Anrakuji's work along with that from other cutting edge photographers and artists can be found at Miyako Yoshinaga.

The Miyako Yoshinaga gallery is in New York and is a 'must visit' art venue.


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Around The Rhubarb

I miss them the rag-and-bone men of my childhood. Taking things out to them to be rewarded not with money but perhaps a balloon. In my head a green balloon although I know it wasn't always so. The smell of the horse and the wonderment when it chose to peacefully urinate outside the house. My grandmother's house. The steam.

I dig in some fresh manure
around the rhubarb

Little Onion

from the haibun archives of Little Onion (Paul Conneally) - you can read a little about how writer Ray Rasmussen used this haibun as a model and how modelling from other works can help in the writing of new works here : HAIBUN TODAY

Paul Conneally (Little Onion) writer and artist eating Rhubarb
Little Onion seen eating rhubarb at Loughborough University. You can watch and hear him talking about rhubarb and politics here: DON'T VOTE TORY EAT RHUBARB 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Glitter Rubs Right Off And You're Nowhere

broadway loughborough 2016 Paul Conneally
the glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere
Paul Conneally

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Park Road Crossing

Park Road Crossing
Paul Conneally
May 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wisteria Blooms

Paul Conneally haiku Little Onion

wisteria blooms
the piano mover
lets out a sigh

Little Onion

Photo: Paul Conneally

Kev Ryan - Artist, Photographer, Activist

Artist and photographer Kev Ryan of Charnwood Arts

Photograph: Paul Conneally, All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Counting The Blossoms

sake no hana haiku by Little Onion Paul Conneally poetry

counting the blossoms
caught in her hair
she loves me

Little Onion

Little Onion is resident haiku master at Sake No Hana the modern Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, London.

Click here for the Sake No Hana guide on How To Haiku: 

Before The Match

Paul Conneally police leicester city LCFC

before the match
that sees Leicester City
crowned champions
of the Premier League
a group photograph

Little Onion

Photo: 'Smile' Paul Conneally King Power Stadium Leicester May 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rama Gupta - Loughborough

Rama Gupta 

Green Party Pioneer, Citizen of Loughborough and the World

Paul Conneally
April 2016

On the Allotment - Mile End Arts Pavilion

'On the Allotment'
One Off Ceramic Tile Series
Paul Conneally
Mile End Arts Pavilion, London, 2006

"Allotment holders on the Windmill Allotments in Nottingham talked with me about their time 'on the allotment' and shared with me ten words or short phrases that came to mind on that day, at that time, on the allotment. I then used these to create 'wordsearch portraits' of them. Their words were coloured using a strict system approach with each wordsearch being both a portrait and a poem of that person on their allotment at that time. The portraits were initially laid down on concrete paving stones within Windmill Community Gardens and then made into one off ceramic tiles which formed part of The Renewability exhibition at Mile End Arts Pavilion in London. After the show the tiles were returned to Windmill Community Gardens and installed on an open shed structure to become 'The Portrait Shed' where they slowly changed with the weather and the seasons eventually cracking, breaking, becoming crocks for plant pots."

Paul Conneally

The Portrait Shed - Paul Conneally 2007

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nice To See You To See You Nice

Above is the working document, a receipt from the local post office, for the text based piece 'NICE TO SEE YOU' that was exhibited as part of my show 'The Blind Fiddler Home Entertainment 1806 - 2012' show at Snibston Discovery Museum. Below is how it appeared in the exhibition. The show could not have been realised without the help of the wonderful curator Alison Clague - Paul Conneally April 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

'Drawings of Simple Objects for Rising Children' Henry Cole (1849)

Art 1849 drawing Henry Cole

'Drawings of Simple Objects For Rising Children' Henry Cole (1849)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blossom Breeze

blossom breeze
firefighters play ball
in the station yard

Little Onion

Photograph: Paul Conneally, New Parks Fire Station, Leicester, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Christ Has Died Is Risen Christ Will Come Again

'Christ Has Died Is Risen Will Come Again'
New Parks Methodist Church, Leicester
Paul Conneally
April, 2016


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Second Half Rush

Walking down Filbert Way these fans have a swagger about them not seen in Leicester before. Against all the odds their team, Leicester City, sit at the top of the English Premier League, the EPL, with only five matches to play. Wether they eventually win the Premiership or not they are already secured a place in the Champions League in the 2016/15 season something that seemed inconceivable  at the start of this season.

second half rush
too excited to eat
my half-time pie

Little Onion
April 2016

Photo:Leicester City Football Fans, Paul Conneally, King Power Stadium, April 17 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wrapped Up Warm

wrapped up warm
the lovers drink sake
floating blossoms

Little Onion

Paul Conneally - Tate Liverpool 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Floodgates Open

the floodgates open
our first kiss our children
sakura blossom

Little Onion

For and with the modern authentic Japanese restaurant Sake no Hana



Two Jamaican Girls

Two Jamaican Girls - Augustus John 1937

This painting is in The Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
It seems to shout across the room "Come look at me!"

Wyndham Lewis describes the artist, Augustus John, as:

‘a great man of action into whose hands the fairies had placed a paintbrush instead of a sword’.

If you are in Liverpool a visit to The Walker Gallery is a 'must do' - do it!

Paul Conneally
April 2016


Thursday, April 07, 2016

One Hundred Men

Paul Conneally Little Onion Haiku Haibun

We take my mum and dad, both in their eighties, to Liverpool for a couple of days. My mum has wanted to see Anthony Gormley's 'Another Place' for a long time. A cold, windy and wild day at Crosby beach. Together we watch the tide go out, slowly revealing one hundred metal statues, casts of Gormley himself, naked, looking out to sea.

blowing its horn
the ferry heads west 
mating gulls

Little Onion

Photograph: Paul Conneally, Crosby, April 2016
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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Cherry Blossom Moon

Little Onion aka Paul Conneally for Japanese restaurant Sake no Hana in London

stuck to the bottom
of his patent leather shoe
cherry blossom moon

Little Onion

for Sake no Hana the modern authentic Japanese restaurant in London

Friday, April 01, 2016

Blind Hope - work in progress with Tom Green

'on the back of an envelope'
Work in progress 'Blind Hope' with Tom Green
Paul Conneally



Thursday, March 31, 2016

'The Don Juan Deli' Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York

This map shows the transposed location of New York's 'Don Juan Deli' from Forsyth Street in New York to New Parks in Leicester.

It's location in New Parks was discovered by the Creative New Parks Group walking out with artist Paul Conneally from New Parks Centre Library following the directions given to them by New York artist, Brad Melamed, from his home in New York to the Don Juan Deli.

The Don Juan Deli is at the site of a ventilation tower for the now disused Glenfield Tunnel which was only the second such railway tunnel ever built on a passenger line. It was designed by the famous railway engineer George Stephenson and built between 1829–32 under the supervision of his son Robert.

This ventilation tower is now named 'The Don Juan Deli' and will feature on the new map of New Parks coming out of 'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' by artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough).

Here's Christine Blackmore working on the map in New Parks Centre Library:

'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' is a work by artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough) with and for Soft Touch Arts, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Robert Rauschenberg's Studio - New Parks, Leicester

'Robert Rauschenberg's Studio - Charnor Road, New Parks, Leicester'

As part of artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally's (Loughborough) work 'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' a group of New Park's residents set off with Conneally from New Parks Centre Library to find Robert Rauschenberg's New York Studio in New Parks.

They follow the directions, lefts, rights and straight overs, sent to them by New York artist Brad Melamed of the walk from his apartment building in New York to Rauschenberg's building in New York.

After a brief altercation with road workers on New Parks Way the group finally locate Rauschenberg's studio, a bus shelter on Charnor Road, almost opposite Forest Lodge Education Centre. They have their photograph taken standing in the studio.

Robert Rauschenberg's Studio (rear view) New Parks, Leicester

The bus shelter is now a work of public art and will be labelled as such:

'Robert Rauschenberg's Studio'
Millree Hughes - Paul Conneally - Brad Melamed
The Creative New Parks Group
March 2016

The artists encourage you to visit the work, have your photograph taken in it, catch a bus.

'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' is a project led by artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally with and for Soft Touch Arts, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England

The Rushes Rotunda - Leicester

The Rushes Rotunda - Loughborough

I've never really noticed Rushes Rotunda before, we'll never in a positive way, until today.

As I make my way from the outside upper tier of the The Rushes car park towards Marks & Spencer suddenly the Rotunda speaks to me. It's not tall like Birmingham's Rotunda and is devoid of ornamentation save for a a security alarm labelled 'SMS', a couple of CCTV cameras and a text message on the glass above the door:

passenger lifts to
lower ground floor
car park

which might just pass as a text based poetic ' involuntary painting' at a push.

I don't feel tempted to enter although I might next time I'm here, specifically to try and access the upper floor which I presume is at the moment just for service access, the elevator mechanism, but must give a view of Loughborough not often seen, across the roofs of this small shopping mall and across the town itself.

Generally disappointed with my excursions through and into The Rushes, the Pound Shop reading glasses display a welcome diversion, today somehow, someway it feels different.

Maybe it's the spring breeze working its magic.

shopping for nothing
a hanging basket
of purple faced pansies

Little Onion
March 2016

Paul Conneally

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Leicester Suffragettes

Leicester Suffragettes: "Always and always facing toward the light"

Read about Leicester's Alice Hawkins - A Sister of Suffrage