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Al has now released a collection of 50 pieces of his artworks that are available to buy as limited edition signed prints (at an affordable cost). Following his illness he has also pledged a substantial amount of earnings from his artwork to be donated to cancer treatment & relief.

These fine prints can be viewed at:

www.artprintscornwall.com


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This publication is Al’s book titled
"From Hell's Mouth To The Lizard". It includes much of the artwork that he has created since his last project ‘Three Rivers And An Ocean’. Unlike some earlier publications, the words within this book are extremely personal, and at times quite profound. The pictures in this book are tightly intertwined with the words written.

Author's Statement:
“In this book I have attempted to do for myself what is somewhat different. Within the words I try to communicate to the reader my own feelings and thoughts while following a trail around the coast of Cornwall. Interlaced within that narrative are comments that pertain to the technical craft of painting and how I myself approach it. Also dovetailed into the words are some of my personal philosophies and beliefs with regard to life in general.”

It is now no secret that at this time Al is battling with major health issues including cancer. The book’s narrative is clearly influenced by the concept of  threatened mortality.

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An e-book version is available to view online NOW at:
www.alcazu.com/hellsmouth

Typical Amazon Reader's Review
For This Book

Lamont Cranston USAstars"Touches all of your senses".
Take a journey with Alan Williamson through the seasons, land and sea. Alan captures the beauty in our world and leads you to appreciate it from afar and close up. His words let you into his mind and you feel as though you are sitting beside him capturing the moment. This book is pure beauty. It is a book that will offer you different perspectives each time you open the cover.


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This Book Is Now Available
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To view an eBook version of it now go to: www.alcazu.com/3rivers


Three Rivers & An Ocean
is a collection of Al’s pictures that were inspired by the Helford River, The Penryn River, and The Truro River. The book also contains extracts from his written notebooks and journals.

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'I set up the cabin of my dear sloop the ‘Caledonia’ to double-up as an art studio and began a series of images that would focus upon life on the water. This collection of pictures is not an example of polished and finished artworks; it is a number of pencil and watercolour sketches that derive from impressions of the wonderful rivers, creeks, and marine life that exists here in Cornwall.'

Book review by Frank Jordon (Art Critic)5stars
As yet I have only seen the eBook version of this publication. The pictures I think are some of the best that this artist has created. The words that accompany this collection of Al’s images offer an insight into his thoughts and feelings. Some of the statements that he makes are quite powerful, and elevate the images from not just being ‘Good Art’ to being ‘Important Art’. This work is well worth taking a look at. For those who have already read Al’s life story this follow on is
an absolute must.


bookAl has at long last written his autobiography. The book is titled
‘I Guess You Had To Be There’.
It is a publication that reflects on his life from his formative years until the present day. It is a story not just about Alan the artist but is also a narrative that takes the reader on a passage through time.

The story begins just after the end of World War Two, and the ending years of travel by steam trains. It then transports the reader through the heady days of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.As the story continues it documents Al’s travels and adventures, along with the development of his artwork, and his escapades at sea throughout the late period of the last millennium, and then concludes during the early decades of the 21st Century. It ia a tale about life and the willingness to live it. Al has dedicated this book to all of those who against all odds, will still roll the dice.
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Typical Reader's Reviews For This Book

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A great read, highly recommended
By Michael Alexander Sutton 2016
Format: Paperback. Verified Amazon Purchase
I would thoroughly recommend 'riding the waves' and 'a journey through the years' with Al Cazu. A look into this colourful character's past is also an opportunity to re-visit a time when culture and social conventions were so different. In this very honest auto biography Al lays his soul bare, enabling even the most hardened reader to empathise with a lifetime of both touching and tragic moments. It is clear throughout the book of how his love of art and creativity saved him on more than one occasion and it is this passion which I personally can relate too. In fact, it is in his final 'ships log' and his entry 'making pictures' that moved me the most. The way he talks about art and the 'looking, seeing, feeling, thinking...' not the 'how' but the 'experiencing for yourself' is what I try to convey to the young people I teach in the hope of translating this very message.

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It really is like reading an adventure story

By Raymond Gerlach 2016
Format: Paperback. Verified Amazon Purchase
I had met the author some time ago who was a fascinating character and when I saw this book I thought it maybe an interesting read . Well it certainly was that and more. It really is like reading an adventure story ! My little encounter is very accurately recorded and I read the rest of the book with envy on how one person had so many interesting adventures and experiences. I particularly liked the way the ships log and main story intertwined - very clever. The story really flowed and it was one of those books that I found hard to put down as I always wanted to know what happened next ! It was exciting; funny; at times sad but never boring ! How he got to this stage of life relatively unscathed is a mystery but quite remarkable ! Would make a very interesting film.

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Mind's Eye
Al's book 'Mind's Eye' (This contains more examples of his artwork and writings) is also now published..
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An eBook can be viewed on this site at: 'Mind's Eye'

Mind’s Eye includes some of the words written in Al’s journals. Some of these extracts might be considered to be contemporary poetry. The links below are to Audio Files. These are three examples of Al’s words that are included in this book.
  1. ‘Mind’s Eye’
  2. ‘Freedom’
  3. ‘Pianist Disappeared’

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Mind's Eye
Now available, published and printed is Al’s children’s book titled ‘Alf’. It is a tale loosely based on a true account. The story of Alf relates to one of Al’s dogs, and some of the adventures that canine friend brought about.
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An eBook along with an audible narrative for this book is published online at: www.alcazu.com/alf


There is also a webpage linked to this project that is intended to demonstrate to young would-be storytellers how such creative endeavours are produced. It includes how a storyboard is created, and examples of how a narrative is transformed into a script and screenplay. This is available at: www.alcazu.com/alfstory



Moorlands'Moorland Magic' is a collection of drawings and paintings that were created during various visits to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
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An eBook of this book is published online at: www.alcazu.com/moorlands


Sketches'Falmouth Sketches' is a collection of drawings and paintings of the port of Falmouth. It includes images of the towns architecture, and some written accounts Falmouth’s history.
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An eBook of this book is published online at: www..alcazu.com/falmouth


Coast'Cornwall, Coast to Coast' These drawings and paintings were derived from an exploration of the Cornish Coastline, and are accompanied by a written narrative that describes the journey
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An eBook of this book is published online at:
www.alcazu.com/coast

 

With the intention of making Al’s books more available and affordable, Cazu Productions & Publishing are marketing all of the above books through Amazon Publishing:
Visit Al's Author's Page on Amazon


 

Message Of Thanks From Al

I offer my huge appreciation to everyone who has contacted me and complimented me on my artwork. The adoration cheers me on dark days.

I especially thank those who have become collectors my prints and original works, I hope they bring you enjoyment.



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Hope

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HomelessHM spacerI once again thank everyone who has expressed an appreciation of my artwork. If I may, I now ask you to consider something that makes me sad.

Recently I had reason to visit the hospital in the city of Truro. I had travelled by train and arrived hours before my appointed time for my medical consultation, so I sought out somewhere to get some breakfast in the area that is close to the cathedral. The time was approaching when office workers and shop assistants were soon to begin their day of work.

In the city 8.30am is also the time when those who sleep on the street must attempt to make themselves invisible (it is much the same in towns and cities everywhere).
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Being invisible is not difficult when those that you would hide from wear blind eyes. The sight of desperate and lonely people sleeping rough makes me ashamed, and so it should do for everybody. NO! Don’t say it is a life style choice (how dare you?) During the years that I was a lecturer I interviewed many hundreds of applicants wishing and hoping to enter art school or university. I always asked interviewees what they hoped to be doing ten years down the line. Not once did I ever hear the words “I want to be homeless, cold, and hungry”.

I have produced a few sketches of homeless people and attempted to commit to paper their plight and desperation.

The above picture titled: ‘Hope” is available for you to download as a high-resolution printable file for free (will print well up to 24” in length) (11MB).

To download this file free of charge click here, and then from the browser menu bar select save:
www.cazu.co.uk/news/Hope_200.jpg

In return I would ask of you that next time that you encounter someone who is obviously sleeping rough, look into their eyes, speak to them, you might even buy them a coffee. Or of course a small donation to them or a charity for homelessness is also good.   

Maybe the reason that so many of us turn our heads away from the homeless is fear. It is not the fear of the unfortunate ones, it is the fear of being there yourself.

Many thanks for reading this,
Al.

 

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Stolen Artwork

Following Al’s exhibition of ‘Falmouth Sketches’ the pictures were stored in the Falmouth Hotel. These were intended to be displayed in the bar and restaurant. However, it would appear that the entire collection has disappeared. Also missing is a number of books and prints, the proceeds of which was advertised as being donated to Cancer Relief. The only conclusion is that these paintings, drawings, and book have been stolen.

Book CoverAll of the artwork that has gone missing is illustrated in Al’s book publication titled ‘Falmouth Sketches’. This can be viewed as an e-book at: www.alcazu.com/falmouth
If you ever see any of these works displayed or for sale please contact us at: mail@alcazu.com

Al’s statement:
I think that the most disappointing aspect this theft is loss of charitable funding. The artwork was valued in the tens of thousands, and that hits hard, but on the other side it is rather flattering. Although countless artworks are regularly stolen, not many artists have an entire collection go missing in one go. 


Sales and Auctions For Charitable Causes

Great Ormand Street

Sea Mist & Stars

Sailability

Tall Ships

Al is very willing to donate artworks to raise money for worthy charitable causes. To discus this contact:
mail@alcazu.com

During the past twelve months one original painting titled ‘Sea Mist & Stars’ was bought by a private collector who donated the full value of the picture directly to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. A second painting titled ‘Tall Ships’ was auctioned to raise funding for Sailability (an organisation that funds the opportunity for people who suffer from disability and other impediments to experience being at sea in small boats.

 

Reminder

All of the pictures, including those contained within the illustrated book are for sale as originals, prints, or limited editions. To enquire about buying Al’s artwork please contact us at:
mail@alcazu.com
Below are examples of works that are not as yet published elsewhere.

 

Heart

From The Heart



Amplified Energy

Amplified Energy


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Two On The Roof



Welcome Guests

Welcome Guests




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Recently Resold

This metal sculpture titled ‘Mr Winds’ is one of the artist’s early works. It was originally sold by a gallery in London for the princely sum of fifteen guineas (£15.75p). The buyer took the sculpture to Madrid (Spain), where it has remained for many years. It has since changed hands several times. Following the recent publication of Al’s book ‘Mind’s Eye’ (that includes a photograph of this art piece) it has again been sold. The selling price had increased by 10,000%. This surly demonstrates that this artist’s work is well worth investing in.  

 

Recorded Lecture

Rcently published on this website is the Audio File of a recording of Al's lecture that he delivered
on the topic of 'IDEAS'
. Listen to this lecture.

 

 


Chinese Television

There is soon to be a showing on TV in China of Al’s film ‘It’s All About Energy
This movie Al produced and directed in 2001. It was originally created to be shown on a large wrap-around screen at the GIAI Energy Centre. Since then it has been translated into several different languages, and shown worldwide. The message that underpins this film is that of humankind’s insatiable need for more and more energy, and the use of fossil fuels. It advocates that we do have alternative sources of energy that are sustainable and renewable.   

 

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Work In Progress

An art critic recently suggested that Al’s work had become purely aesthetic and was no longer as shocking or powerful as
it once was. That is proven to be untrue by the three oil paintings that he is currently working on. These pictures are destined to be exhibited in Venice, Italy later this year. One of these as yet unfinished works is shown above. It is titled:
‘By The Light Of A Burning Bridge’. The picture is set in Lucerne, Switzerland, and depicts the ancient Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) that crosses the Reuss River. It is a profound and poignant painting that includes many veneers of meaning and although Al insists that it makes no comment with regard to Picasso, the Picasso Museum is genuinely located on the southern side of the bridge (left side of painting). This picture also includes a rare self portrait of Al himself.



Rarely, if ever Seen
Al was somewhat incensed by recent media comments that his artwork had lost the deeper meaning that it once held, so he has released some example images of his work that are normally a private exchange between buyer and artist. This facet of Al’s artwork is often considered to be inappropriate, distasteful, and sometimes shocking.

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‘Love At First Flight’
is a picture of two flies sitting on a pile of dog’s shit. This painting was recently purchased by a private collector.

 

The Hobby


‘The Shared Hobby’
is a large oil painting from Al’s ‘The Relationship’ series of images
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‘The Impossible Ambition’
depicts the image of a very fat lady attempting to climb a tree in the search of insects that she could eat.

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This is a re-release, (2nd Edition) of Al’s book titled ‘Something On My Mind’.  It can be viewed as a high-res eBook at:View SOMM eBook.Available as a printed book from: Buy Book.

All of the pictures in this publication are available to purchase as high quality signed prints (originals if still available), email for details at: mail@alcazu.com. (please quote title name or ref number in email).

The music track on the video is Al playing ‘Something On My Mind’. The song is from his album titled: ‘Cruising’. The album can be listened to further down this page, or from Spotify or ITunes.
To download this track from here, go to: Download Music Track.


This is a video introduction to ‘This Side Of The Grass’. It includes an audio track with Al talking about this book, and playing the musical backing track. Download the music track: This Side Of The Grass (on this Al plays all of the instruments himself).

‘Up Close And Personal’.  Al being interviewed by Ray Gerlach. Talking about his book ‘This Side Of The Grass, and answering questions about his artwork.

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Al’s latest book titled ‘This Side Of The Grass’ is now published as a printed book by Amazon (Draft) at: Buy Printed Book. It includes three short stories: ‘Black Hat Roy’, ‘Benji’s Dream’, and ‘The Tree & The Carpenter’. All three of these stories are now available as Audio/eBooks from Kindle Publishing. Buy Kindle Edition. Human voice publications will be available from all Audiobook publishers later this year. To be featured at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, October 2020.


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Benji’s Dream: Now available as an Audio/eBook from Kindle, Amazon. A printed version and a human voice Audiobook will be available later this year. For a short while it is available here to listen to for free. (Music: All instruments playd by Al himself).


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The Tree & The Carpenter: Now available as an Audio/eBook from Kindle, Amazon. A printed version and a human voice Audiobook will be available later this year. For a short while it is available here to listen to for free. (Music: 12 string & lead Guitars playd by Al).

Roy
This is a short story recently written by Al. It is the tale of Claude Vincent. A man who meets with a dark and sinister stranger who challenges him to a game of chess. As the game progresses, Claude in his mind’s eye revisits his past life.

Printed version and Kindle e-Book available from Al’s ‘Author’s Page'.stars
Audioook available from 'Audiobooks'.5stars (Al’s own voice narration) and from all major audiobook publishers,
(from April 2020). Featured on 'Goodreads'

FREE download codes for this Audiobook. Just email: mail@alcazu.com please mark subject as ‘Promo code’ A free code number will be sent to your email address. If you don’t want more emails from us then please state it in your email. Note: ( only a limited amount of codes are still available ).



Promotional video for 'Black Hat Roy'. Featured on Goodreads


Audio sample from 'Black Hat Roy'. Featured on Goodreads

Typical Revues:

starsJust listened to Black Hat Roy and thought it was absolutely great, and had us
hooked right until the end. Loved it, especially the moral of the tale. Pam & Barry Napier.
Norwich UK.

starsAl does it yet again. This story often makes you smile but also sometimes brings
a tear to the eye. George Martin, Producer USA.

starsGreat story. Good to hear the author’s own voice doing the narration. Loved the
music video with Al singing and playing the guitar.
Sara West. Author/Musician, London.



Al’s exhibition ‘Making Pictures’ held at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic.


Historical Tour Of Falmouth By Al Cazu

This video is a collection of paintings and drawings that offer a tour of Falmouth, Cornwall. These are accompanied by an audible account of the town’s history (narration by Al).

An interactive map of this tour is available at:
https://www.alcazu.com/falmouthmap

The book titled ‘Falmouth Sketches’Available from Amazon

An ebook version can be viewed at: View eBook.

All images within this collection are available as high quality, signed prints. To enquire about purchasing one of these, contact: mail@alcazu.com (please quote title or reference number).


Cruising

Cruising is a collection of music recordings created by Al. These are tunes that have been used as backing tracks for his Videos, Animations, and eBooks (all of the instruments are played by Al himself). PLAY CRUISING ALBUM

An album of Al’s Music Videos titled: 'Old Friends & New'.


‘Nancy’ by Al Cazu (Alan G Williamson), Bernie Kaplan, & friends

A too close to home story about a beautiful and talented young teenager who sadly took her own life.
While making this my tears ran down the walls.




My first project of the new year. Vocals by my old friend
Colin Lazzerini

So many years I spent on this beach. So many dear friends passed that way, and some now gone. So many pictures I made while there, and more than a few tunes did I play. Today I returned to my old spot under the old chapel above Middle Beach and in some ways it made me sad. But it reminded me of how many friends and loves came that way over the years.




"A tune that Al co-wrote with his dear friend Bernie Kaplan, 45 years back.
(Re-recorded 2019)".



I now understand what is the real meaning of the terminology ‘My Battle With Cancer’.




Voodoo Project:
‘Erzulie’ is the Voodoo goddess of love and passion. She resides under the ocean. As represented by her three wedding rings, she has three husbands. The first being: ‘Ambula’ (The primary creator), along with: ‘Agwe’ (God of the sea, and the patron of sailors and fishermen). She is also the wife of ‘Ogun’ (The Hercules of the Voodoo gods). Erzulie’s powers are immense and her spells are irresistible.

Video released by Cazu Publishing & Productions. A collaborative project created by artists and musicians from: New York USA, California USA, and Cornwall UK. The dominant creators being: Bernie Kaplan, Richard Berger, and Al Cazu (Alan G Williamson).



"It would seem that my battle with cancer is nearing a conclusion. ‘Battle’ that sounds to make me out to be some sort of a warrior, but (No) I had to do nothing more than to be there. The ‘Hero’ of the day was Mr Paul Lidder (Surgeon). That was the man who saved my life."

This animation is a graphic record of Al's journey through wrestling with the beast.

To purchase signed prints of any of the images in this video and help to raise money in order to fight cancer
email: mail@alcazu.com
or phone: 07745606275

Now released is a series of signed limited edition prints, from which it is hoped to raise money for cancer relief and support
These are available from:www.artprintscornwall.com




"Last week I took a box of stuff and dropped it off at my local food bank. To my shame, I have never before in my life entered a food bank.

What I have since realized has brought me to tears.

Food banks are not as I before thought, filled with essential supplies that are government-funded, or donated by thoughtful food producers. They are made possible by members of the public who have a heart and a sense of justice and charity.

Those who resort to taking from these places are far from being people who exploit our social system, and generosity. They are folks that have merely hit a junction where the road ahead is closed.

So I, therefore, have quickly muscled together this short movie with the hope of encouraging people to think on this matter and possibly finding in their hearts to help out people who are in dire need, and question how us as a society have allowed this cruel situation to ever become possible?

Credits:
Apologies to Tony Joe White for messing with your beautiful song. For those in this film, how would I ever know who you are? Anyone who’s footage I have used, I hope that you are OK with that. If not, tough, sue me.

To find out about food banks and the one closest to you go to: https://www.trusselltrust.org
Or give to: https://england.shelter.org.uk

Take a look at ‘Ghosts, Where The Road Seems To End".



 

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Al has now released a collection of 50 pieces of his artworks that are available to buy as limited edition signed prints (at an affordable cost). Following his illness he has also pledged a substantial amount of earnings from his artwork to be donated to cancer treatment & relief.

These fine art prints can be viewed at:
www.artprintscornwall.com




Hades take 01

While in hospital I created a number of sketches and made notes that documented my experience whilst being there. These images are from the results of what has developed from those earlier made records.

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW THE IMAGES FROM 'MY BRUSH WITH HADES'



Thank you so much to everyone who sent to me good wishes while I was really ill. They did help a lot. Well I survived the cancer op and it is thought that I will fully recover. It is a strange feeling knowing that your life has just been saved.

A few people had asked when my new book would be published. It now is and is available.
Order a Hardcopy from Amazon.

An eBook version is still available to view at:
https://www.alcazu.com/hellsmouth

An Audiobook version can be listened to at: Hell's Mouth To The Lizard Audio

This book can also be translated into more than a hundred languages by going to: HM Translate

My project ‘From Hell’s Mouth To The Lizard’ is now complete. I have therefore produced this music video that underlines my journey these past eighteen months. I hope you enjoy it.

Now I can embark upon my next project. This will be titled (not surprisingly):
‘My Brush With Hades’.

 

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A new series of paintings completed today (Jan 19th 2019)..
These are for the new book that Al is working on, titled ‘From Hell’s Mouth To The Lizard’.

The Gods willing this book is hoped to published by early summer this year.


The Narrow Escape

    1) 'The Narrow Escape'

Teryn Dinas

2) 'Teryn Dinas'

The Campfire

3) 'The Campfire'

Hard Aground

4) 'Hard Aground'


Hells Mouth

5) Hell's Mouth'


Spellbound

Finished oil paintings December 2018 from the colour studies that I produced this past summer.

Title: ‘Spellbound’.
Oil on canvas 36” x 24”.
Location: fHell’s Mouth.

Ernest Hemingway (Author) once said his ambition was to write one true sentence while using as few words as possible. That is how I have approached the lyrics of these new paintings.



Godspeak


Title: ‘Godspeak’.
Oil on canvas 36” x 24”.
Location: Cape Cornwall.


Discovery


Title: ‘Discovery’.
Oil on canvas 36” x 24”.
Location: Lizard Point.


Goodbye


Title: ‘What Does She Look For?’.
Oil on canvas 36” x 24”.
Location: Sennen Cove.


Elysian


Title: ‘Elysian’. Oil on canvas 36” x 24”.
Location: Kanance Cove.

 

 


 

'From Hell's Mouth To The Lizard'

New work – Oct 2018

I borrowed the pictures from the ocean, coastline, and the sky, while
making the music from the wind and sounds of the tides.

This past springtime my dear friend for many years and myself were contemplating a painting excursion that would take us around the southern peninsular of Cornwall.

Before our art expedition occurred, to the braking of my heart ‘H’ as I always referred to him suffered a fatal heart attack while taking his usual daily swim in the ocean.

For some months I was unable to talk about the deep loss that H’s departure left me with, and myself stopped painting.

However, I picked up and visited some of the places we had considered worthy of drawing and painting.

These are some of the colour sketches that I have produced this past late summer.

The journey begins on the wild North Cornwall Coast, rounds Land’s End, and eventually arrives at the most southerly place where the rocks of England kiss the ocean, ‘Lizard Point’.

I salute you my old friend. May your gods go with you.

As we agreed: ‘Young men learn to paint in order to learn how to live. Old men paint so that they may learn how to die.”

Al.




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New work May 2018
Title: ‘Here Comes The Sun’
(18”x24” / 457x610mm Pastel)


Stars


New work May 2018
Title: ‘Can’t Read The Stars? You’d Better Take A Map’
(18”x24” / 457x610mm Pastel)


Sanzaru


New work May 2018
Title: ‘Sanzaru’ (Three Wise Monkeys)
(30”x30” / 762x762mm Oil on canvas)


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‘El Partido Polí
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‘Le Parti Politique’ (French)

‘The Political Party’ (English & American)

Sporting their grotesque masks but still unable to hide the poisonous lies upon their foul tongues, our elected representatives squabble in the pit.

Their widely publicised conflict over petty and inconsequential matters is nothing more than an orchestrated distraction.

Behind the backdrop of reality and cloaked from truth, they bare their teeth and screech and fart toxic missiles from their arses. While wounded decency and justice drops to its knees, the scales of compassion are tipped and then overwhelmed with the weight of innocent blood.

 

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Pastels & Coloured Pencils

I thought it was springtime and then the winter returned. While waiting to get outside and start some plein air painting I have for the first time since I was eight years old been experimenting with using pastels.
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First Art Expedition Of The Year

I was determined to on the first day of spring to go out and again begin to make some pictures under the sky but was not expecting The Beast From The East (UK’s worst snow storm in seven years). However, I did produce a few sketches.
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Miraculous Seasons

I couldn’t get out much this past winter so against the persuasion of being a plein air painter and preferring to work alla prima, I spent my time of hibernation working from pencil sketches and watercolour studies that I had done earlier.

I know only too well that if you want to radically improve your music playing of the blues, then play classical (along with it’s accepted rules, laws, and command of mathematics) for a few months. The result can be liberating.

Therefore, I thought to apply that same approach to my artwork. The results of my endeavours can be viewed here.


Homeward Path

The Homeward Path (24”x36” Oil on canvas)



The Avenue

The Avenue On A Cold Sunday Afternoon (24”x36” Oil on canvas)




Woodland springtime

Rejuvenation Of  The Woodland (24”x36” Oil on canvas)



Summer Days

Long Lush Lazy Days (24”x36” Oil on canvas)


Since my childhood I have been fascinated by the work of scenic artists in the theatre. This I think has been a lifelong influence on my own artwork. Within these recent paintings that inspiration has again become very apparent. I hope that the benefits of tightening up will improve my picture making when I return to working fast and outdoors.




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This is some of Al’s work being produced during the winter of 2017-2018. These works are now available as limited editions printed on polished and brushed metal or acrylic. For information about these artworks or to purchase the originals please email us.

Miorai (The Fates)

1) The Alchemist’s Daughter (‘Clotho’ in Greek, ‘Nona’ in Latin)
2) The Philosopher’s Widow (‘Lachesis’ in Greek, ‘Decuma’ in Latin)
3) Fortuna’s loving Cousin (‘Atropos’ in Greek, ‘Morta’ in Latin)

The story of the Miorai dates back to ancient times. It is in part legend, embraces mythology, and dovetails in to history, and who knows if it is not partly true?

If we return to the chapter of history that illustrates the times of early Egypt where gold mined from the Sudan was in abundance and the god Thoth was the father of numbers and language, the early Greeks were travelling to the land of Egypt for trade but they also exchanged culture, beliefs, and ideas. By both cultures gold was highly valued and considered to hold metaphysical powers. Although Greek mythology is a marriage of history and fantasy it does give insight into the values and beliefs that early culture. Both Plato and Homer wrote of an earlier time that they refer to as ‘The Golden Age’, this was a time when the earth offered up so much food that there was no need of agriculture. The point here being that the term ‘Gold’ had been attributed with not just a physical value but also with a symbolic one.

By the time Classical Greece had evolved and a prescribed set of gods had been adopted, among the many gods and demigods were feminine and masculine entities who supposedly possessed various traits and abilities including the capability of metamorphosing into animals. Alongside these gods were the Mioria (the three fates), these women were not gods but were said to be even more powerful than any god other than Zeus himself. The role of these females is believed to be to determine the life and destiny of all humans. The first being named ‘Clotho’ spun the thread of life, ‘Lachesis’ measured and dispensed the thread, and ‘Atropos’ cut it (thus determining the individuals moment of death).

After thousands of years of history had passed humankind no longer held belief in the ancient gods but the fascination of gold held fast, and the concept of fate persisted. Gold began to be mined all around the world but it was rare, difficult to find, and hazardous to harvest, therefore it’s value drastically increased.

The name Alchemy for most people brings to mind an image of deluded would-be conjurers attempting to transform base metals into pure gold during medieval times. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Alchemy was actually born back in ancient Egypt. Most probably it was the Egyptian beliefs in life after death, and the mummification procedures they developed that possibly gave rise to a basic knowledge of chemistry and the aim of the ultimate goal of
attaining immortality.

There are many accounts of forms of alchemy being practiced by various peoples and cultures world-wide. These may have evolved independently, without influence, and are difficult to date. But we do know that it was after 332 BC, when Alexander the Great had conquered Egypt. That alchemy as we know it came to what we now know as Europe. Greek philosophers became interested in the Egyptian ways. Greek views of how matter is made up of the four elements of nature - Fire, Earth, Air and Water, were merged with the Egyptian sacred science. The result was Khemia, the Greek
word for Egypt.   

The introduction of alchemy to the west came in the 8th Century when the Arabs brought it to Spain. From here it quickly spread to the rest of Europe.
The Arabian belief was that metals are made up of mercury and sulfur in varying proportions. Gold was seen as the perfect metal and all others were less perfect, an idea popular among western alchemists. It was a very popular idea indeed, that these lower metals could be transmuted into gold by means of a substance known as the ‘Philosophers Stone’.
The stone is also believed to be able to confer immortality, the Chinese name for it being the ‘Pill of Immortality’.
My own visual representation of the Miorai adopts a reverie of semiotics that include some symbols from the early periodic table and astrological signs, along with symbolic representations of the concepts of ‘reason’, ‘logic’, ‘probability’, ‘imagination’, and ‘creativity’. Each of the three pictures also includes the use of contemporary iconography. How to read and interoperate the intended messages held within these paintings is intentionally left to the viewer’s own intellect and power of imagination.

The use of gold within these pictures is genuine 23 carat. Although each individual painting within this trilogy stands alone, the three together form a set that should be displayed and viewed in the prescribed sequence.

clotho

The Alchemist’s Daughter

lachesis

The Philosopher’s Widow

atropos

Fortuna’s loving Cousin

 

3Rivers

This Book Is Now Published
Order a Hardcopy from Amazon
To view an eBook version of it now go to:
www.alcazu.com/3rivers

Three Rivers & An Ocean is a collection of Al’s pictures that were inspired by the Helford River, The Penryn River, and The Truro River. The book also contains extracts from his written notebooks and journals.

Quote From Book.
'I set up the cabin of my dear sloop the ‘Caledonia’ to double-up as an art studio and began a series of images that would focus upon life on the water. This collection of pictures is not an example of polished and finished artworks; it is a number of pencil and watercolour sketches that derive from impressions of the wonderful rivers, creeks, and marine life that exists here in Cornwall.'

Book review by Frank Jordon (Art Critic)5stars
As yet I have only seen the eBook version of this publication. The pictures I think are some of the best that this artist has created. The words that accompany this collection of Al’s images offer an insight into his thoughts and feelings. Some of the statements that he makes are quite powerful, and elevate the images from not just being ‘Good Art’ to being ‘Important Art’. This work is well worth taking a look at. For those who have already read Al’s life story this follow on is
an absolute must.



 



Circusspacer Mooncons


Rediscovered Early Paintings

Some of Al’s early artwork has recently been rediscovered. These works are some of the only oil-paintings that’s location is presently known that date back this far. The paintings are titled ‘Circus Sunday (version 01)’ and ‘Dance of the Mooncons (full colour)’. Both works were created in 1976. These rare examples of Al’s work now belong to a collector in the USA, and their value is estimated as exceeding a six figure buying price.





‘Alf’
is a story that I wrote some time back. Released today this is an audio-cartoon that derives from the original book. It is actually intended for young children but teenagers and grownups alike might find it engaging if they are stoned (Check it out, its for free).

This I hope might entertain some young people during lockdown.

(Please Note: A share of the proceeds from this book is donated towards the care and treatment of children with life limiting illnesses.)
Book from Amazon


'Harry The Laughing Rat'. Re-Launch 2020.
This is a fun book for kids and grownups alike. Written and illustrated by the artist Al Cazu, it is based on a true story. "I met Harry forty years ago, while living upstate New York. He showed up uninvited in the house where I was living and invaded my kitchen. There he did come to an unavoidable and unfortunate end but not before we had some laughs. Memories of Harry throughout my life have often made me smile and I have long intended to write his memoirs. This book contains some elements of Harry's short but hilarious life. I would like to dedicate this book not just to Harry but to every rat I have ever known. Thank you Harry." Al Cazu (Alan G Williamson). (This movie is made from Al’s original illustrations and sound files, created many years ago).
Book available from Amazon.

(Please Note: A share of the proceeds from this book is donated towards the care and treatment of children with life limiting illnesses).

 

 



Best Selling Prints 2016-2019

'Morning Joy' (Top Left)
'Thor' (Bottom Left)

These are recently Al’s top selling prints. To the right are comments made about this artwork. These compliments have been given from varying artists from around the world.

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Press Releases

Falmouth Packet
Falmouth Sketches Exhibition

West Briton
Making Pictures Exhibition