Sunday, 27 October 2013

An Invitation: Verdi used music. Ned uses paint.

Please Drive 'arefully !

“Ned’s having an exhibition at the village hall. 
There’ll be lots of paintings of Coney Weston.” 
Ben Platts-Mills 07.10.2013

My Village: Paintings of Coney Weston @ £221

Coney Weston Village Hall
The Street, Coney Weston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 1HG

"Ned Pamphilon is the Constable of Coney Weston."
Brian Sewell, London Evening Standard art critic 10.09.2013
Website? Don’t be silly. Typewriter!

“Your ‘Eyes of Atatürk’ image over Taksim Square is a powerful one.”
Matthew 'puppet' Hancock, MP West Suffolk 24.06.2013

“I love your work...a real master. “
Gerald Celente, The Trends Institute, Kingston USA 22.08.2012
"Dear Mr. Pamphilon, Thank you so much for your kind words, but most of all thank you!
Your work is wonderful, your passion on fire, and your courage inspirational.
I wish you all the greatest of success. Please feel free to use my quotes. I admire your work, and find pleasure, joy, inspiration, comfort and warmth from your paintings.
Ciao, Gerald Celente" 23.10.2013

Opening times:
Thursday 24 October 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Friday 25 October 11.00am – 3.00pm
Saturday 26 October 11.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 27 October 12.00pm – 6.00pm

“The village hall? The Royal Academy? The village hall! 
Well, it’s closer. I invite you to view my new paintings. 
As Gerald Celente might say, ‘You gotta boogie before the lights go out’, though don’t worry, the hall lighting will do just fine; the paintings are pretty bright. There’s lots of green.”
Ned 08.10.2013

Inspired by a Jeff Rense interview 14.08.2013 during which Gerald Celente said:
"Verdi’s main objective in composing the music that he did was to raise the spirit of the Italian people...
It was almost a bloodless revolution. It worked. The model exists.
He did it with music... calm the savage breast."
Gerald Celente: The Power of Music - The Power of Art:

Raising the spirit of people through the power of art: Verdi used music. Ned uses paint.

Photography of Coney Weston 221 paitings by

Thursday, 24 October 2013


My Village: Coney Weston 221
All acrylic on canvas. 50cm x 70cm / 70cm x 50cm except where specified.
These prices were for this exhibition only. They were all £221 except where specified.

01 Please Drive 'arefully
The 'C' has been scratched off! Whether it now says 'awfully' or ooh 'aaarrrr...fully' is up to you.

02 Footpath To The Village Hall

03 September Sunset Over The Chapel
The skies here can be very dramatic.

04 Daffodil In March At Flints
They are always a delightful opener to the on-coming of summer.

05 Reading Under The Cobnut Tree At Flint

06 The Hurrell's Home
I think it might be called Swan Cottage.

07 The Swan Inn In August
Currently managed by Mel. Al was there in August, but all things change.

08 Bowls & Beer At The Swan
... aka The war of the Rosiers witnessed by Josh. Both Mr. & Mrs. reached the final.

09 The Old Football WC Changing Room
It's a little sad to see it like this now.

10 Knettishall Heath Is Way Over There
... perhaps 2-3 miles.

11 The Box The Ball & The Barra
Just one of those scenes I saw.

12 Coney Weston 3 Crossways

13 Muntjac At Plantation House

14 Whiting's Hedge: Planning permission? Nah, it just grew!

15 There Used To Be A Telephone Box Here

16 The Old Post Office

17 Memorial 1914-18: Bloomfield, Brothers, Hogg, Hogg, Hubbard, Ollington & Sadd

18 Horses At Hall Farm Entrance

19 Looking At Barningham From Coney Weston NE Entrance

20 One Night In January
It is difficult to believe a near white cloud can be in the sky around midnight, but it was.

21 Meeting A Tractor Snow Plough From 4 Crossways

22 Heaven's Door On The Edge Of Coney Weston

23 Moving Wood In Heaven

24 Our Yorkshire Gooner Vicar At 4 Crossways

25 Coney Weston Church From The Field Opposite

26 Coney Weston Church: You See Snow, I See Wine

27 Up The Aisle At Coney Weston Church

28 Flowers Inside Coney Weston Church

29 Looking Out From Coney Weston Church Porch

30 Pink Moon Over Mendlesham Mast From Coney Weston
You can't see it during the day, yet come night time, those red lights are clearly seen on the horizon.

31 Farmer Wallace & Co

32 There But For The Grace Of God.... Ouch!

33 Looking Down On Barningham At Night

34 The Funny Tree & The Combine

35 Quiet Disturbed
Military helicopters persistently fly over the village.

36 Footpath Archway

37 My Footpath Tree

38 Straw Bales Approaching Coney Weston
59.4cm x 42cm  

39 David Thomas
100cm x 70cm  
My Backgammon opponent, created for The Threadneedle Prize in 2010.

40 Robert Clarke 1816-1882
An ex Coney Weston resident and inventor of the tin whistle, painted live at the Swan 2009.

41 NPP Constable
152cm x 91.5cm
Painted live at Redgrave Church in 2008, and included since I had a Constable conversation with Brian Sewell.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Coney Weston 221 diary

Friday 18 October 2013 - The only media coverage thus far is
Thanks İceni Post!
I have delivered an invitation to just about every home in the village. I now have experience in letter receiving facilities; the easy ones that consume leaflets with pleasure and the ones with all this brushy stuff that makes it so difficult to push something like a paper leaflet through the gap. My leaflet says this...

Raising community spirit : Verdi used music. Ned uses paint.

Dear all,

I invite you to see my new paintings: My Village Coney Weston 221. I’m hiring the village hall for 4 days only. Entry free. By all means bring your own tipple. I attended Thetford nursery school, lived in Coney Weston since 1967 with over 25 years away and abroad in between. I remember when the village pond had water and ducks; when George lived in a long gone thatched house next door; our dog playing football with us village kids up at the football meadow before the days of plastic poo bags; making dens in the concrete aerodrome huts in the field next to the village hall that no longer exist; Joan Fordham living opposite with hoards of cats she fed fresh fish; playing in the field out back before it became Paddock Farm; when the idea of buying bottled water would have been deemed madness; rehearsing a rock band in our front room while Noel and Daisy were attending the Methodist Chapel on Sundays - hello Daisy, you better come! I am Arsenal (that’ll make Luke laugh!), grew up among Tractor Boys and Canaries and survived.

I’ve painted all sorts, landscapes to portraits e.g Turkey’s Atatürk; St. Edmund and The Queen which were displayed in BSE Cathedral; Thomas Paine currently in Thetford Library. For several years I proposed the Istanbul Rainbow Bridge project which may happen one day once the current Turkish AKP government is replaced. I suddenly had the urge to produce my first set of paintings for 3 years after hearing Italian American Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente talking about Verdi; see the internet link below. I may paint more of my village, but set a deadline and this is it so far. The paintings are pretty bright and there’s lots of green.

Best wishes, Ned.

Coney Weston Village Hall Opening Times:
Thursday 24 October 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Friday 25 October 11.00am – 3.00pm
Saturday 26 October 11.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 27 October 12.00pm – 6.00pm

As it says on the sign entering the village: Please Drive ‘arefully !

Sunday 20 Octover 2013 - Oh Arsenal yesterday. Sorry Canaries, but business is business and my team were sublime at times yesterday:

Wednesday 23 October 2013 - Arsenal lost at home to Dortmund last night. Bah humbug, however, this morning I had an e-mail from Kingston, New York... I wish he'd call me Ned, but apart from that...

"Dear Mr. Pamphilon,

Thank you so much for your kind words, but most of all thank you! Your work is wonderful, your passion on fire, and your courage inspirational.
I wish you all the greatest of success. Please feel free to use my quotes. I admire your work, and find pleasure, joy, inspiration, comfort and warmth from your paintings.

Gerald Celente"

Gerald's keynote speech I recommend everyone give time to:
... from:
YouTube link part 1:
YouTube link part 2:

Thursday 24 October 2013 - letter from Matthew Hancock MP wishing me luck for the exhibition. Thanks Matthew, but fracking is not a good idea and neither is the Green Party nor Caroline Lucas. I'll expand at a later date.

Friday 25 October 2013 - A note to myself to mention Chris Bunning who was buried this week. Childhood mate and good bloke despite whatever else. Brave goalie and apparently slip in cricket.
Coney Weston 221 is in the Bury Free Press.... good page space.

Saturday 26 October 2013 - Moments that make the effort worthwhile. Daisy, 82, came into the village hall to view my exhibition. It was the first time she's been into the village hall for 2 1/2 years following the wake of her husband Noel. It was a huge step for her. It was quite an emotional moment for me once she'd put me in the picture. The power of art. What an effort she made. I said how good she looked for 82. What's the secret Daisy? "Keep being stupid and keep laughing!" she replied with a smile. Her dog Basil stayed sat and alert watching the whole time.

Sunday 27 October 2013 -I counted 25, 17, 36 and 50 attendees over the 4 days. There may have been one or two who escaped my counting, plus at least 2 babies and 2 dogs. That is at least 128, which is pretty good for a village hall in the middle of the countryside. There were apparently 50 due to attend the Conservative Sausage Supper on the Friday night, so I suppose you could include them. Names that come to mind of people I chatted to are Janet Jackson and Michael and Margaret Capon.

Tuesday 29 October 2013 - I've been handed a copy of The Bury Edition, a free magazine picked up in Waitrose: p. 11 features Istanbul Where East Meets West next to Bloomin' Bury (St. Edmund's) plus a portrait of Anoushka, an English teacher from Taiwan and Shelfanger. I supplied a mixture of East Anglian and Turkish images from the magazine made its own choice.
The Bury Edition:

14.11.2013 - The village website features Coney Weston 221 and a Xmas card has been produced:

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Coney Weston 221: Background information.

For the attention of local media, MPs, the village hall committee, interested and appropriate parties, this is background information and serves multiple purposes.

My last public painting was 27 November 2010 when The Duke of Bedford purchased ‘Live At Tattersalls’. At the time I was already contemplating a break from painting. Taking interest in:
01 quantum physics e.g. beginner pack:,
02 epi-genetics: Bruce Lipton ,
Rupert Sheldrake and Bruce Lipton A Quest Beyond the Limits of the Ordinary:
Bruce Lipton and Tom Campbell - Part 1 and 2: and
03 The Creature From Jekyll Island: finance and economics G. Edward Griffin: ),
.... I hired my local village hall and offered free entry to anyone wishing to discuss life, the universe and stuff.

Whilst in the midst of hiring the hall once a month, I heard an initiative by BBC Radio 4’s PM programme to set up an APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on a subject suggested by listeners. This led to ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) urging communities to lobby their MPs to support an APPG on village halls:
I heard South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 4 PM add support to the campaign, apparently first suggested by one of his constituents Chris Perry-Yates, chairman of a small village hall committee in Shelton with Hardwick, a parish in South Norfolk.
I took note since Richard Bacon had supported my efforts with The Waveney Springs Collective:

Do we need another parliamentary group or is it down to locals to simply use the village hall? My tendency is toward keeping it simple and just booking the hall. However, I appreciate Richard Bacon’s awareness and support for village hall activity. The presence of local village post offices, shops and pubs are in apparent decline. The village hall is becoming a last bastion for community gathering and interaction. For Coney Weston, other than the village hall and church, we have The Swan; then comes Barningham Stores Post Office and Sarah’s Cutz hairdressers. The staff at each are always helpful and welcoming and I do like face to face service. When I was a kid Coney Weston had its own village shop and post office.

While booking the village hall for quantum whatever discussions, art critic Brian Sewell, never one to pull his punches, warned me about my lack of painting activity:
“There is no point in trying to set up your own philosophical group in the wilds of Suffolk... the Enlightenment is over by more than two centuries. I thought you could paint, no doubt others too and perhaps others will, so do something about it.”

Ouch! Brian getting parental on me. In August I heard an interview during which Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente described how:
“Verdi’s main objective in composing the music that he did was to raise the spirit of the Italian people... It was almost a bloodless revolution. It worked. The model exists. He did it with music... calm the savage breast.”
39:00 mins onwards: Verdi...
Subscriber access only:

I love the idea of raising the spirit of people through the power of art; and if Verdi used music, I can use dried paint on canvas. I spoke to Brian Sewell who confirmed Celente’s observations of 1800’s Italy were probably accurate.

This all coincided with an outbreak of rainbow painting in Turkey, a country where I spent several years painting and tried to implement the Rainbow Bridge project:

I was receiving internet messages asking if I was behind this rainbow painting. No, it was just an organic spontaneous happening, a wonderful outpouring of colourful peaceful protest by the Turkish public. Also, my Atatürk’s Eyes image was being used on T-shirts during recent protests against the same ruling AKP government which informed me back in 2005, ‘the Rainbow Bridge project will never happen under this government’.

A Turkish website was established in Istanbul and suddenly there is talk of my returning to Turkey to collaborate with a new brand of galleries/cafes/shops using my imagery. I love the East Anglian countryside, yet Istanbul is exciting and I have unfinished business there. Whether I return soon or later, it seemed appropriate to  get my painting hand back in; hence these new ‘Coney Weston 221’ paintings.

I booked dates at my local village hall even before my order of fresh canvases had arrived. I started 24.08.2013 and painted to a deadline of 30 September. 01 October I delivered finished work to Studio 5 in Thetford for photographing. I could and may well paint more portrayals of my village, but I set myself a goal and what is done so far is what is.

Returning to the theme of community and cross generational integration, last 08 June I took part in the Botesdale Village Hall 100 year anniversary celebration evening. My invitee June Shepherd and I later discussed the issue of encouraging the interaction of different generations in today’s ‘modern’ world of alternative entertainment options. I relayed to June how I attended a May Day walk lunch at our village hall and though there was full attendance, I think I was the youngest and doubt anyone under 50 was present. This art exhibition is an opportunity for a crossover of generations to come together and take interest in contemporary depictions of their local village: testing the power of art.

I am applying a back to basics just do it approach: paintings on easels, turn the village hall lights on, bring your own tipple if you wish and Bob’s yer uncle, we have an exhibition. I plan to take the exhibition down temporarily Friday evening 25 October to make space for a Conservative Sausage Supper. It’s OK, they booked ages ago and my system is flexible. We may well leave some paintings on display on the stage: community cooperation.

I specifically chose sizes that may be suitable for wall space in local homes and considered a price that was as reasonable as I could offer, hence the local telephone code number ‘221’ seems an appropriate and fun idea. A painting at £221 may be cheaper than a pedigree puppy, last longer, without on-going running costs and provide pleasure for longer. If for example, Istanbul Rainbow Bridge were to happen, £221 for a ‘Ned’ will be a snip and these paintings a wise investment. Of course, if a Coney Weston local can’t afford 221, I am open to an Istanbul Grand Bazaar style chat and negotiation. £221 is a snip with or without the implementation of Rainbow Bridge, but either way, I do not expect a sudden surge of art buyers in Coney Weston. I’m doing this because I can and for all the reasons thus stated. Let’s just hope so-and-so who paid $3,000 for a 50cm x 70cm painting isn’t watching! May I state the Coney Weston village hall is used a great deal and this exhibition is hopefully an interesting addition to attract new faces as well as regular ones.

These original paintings depict scenes of the church, The Swan public house, foot path and walkway landmarks, farming activity, the fields, the roads, houses and homes. The photographed collection will be supplied to the local history group to provide a contemporary visual record of the village; to Denny Bros. in Bury St. Edmunds should anyone want to order a reproduction; to Studio 5 and indeed, anyone who wants to use these images. I espouse copyright free reproduction in the name of patent-free health and energy awareness. It is a chosen philosophy and a longer discussion for those interested:

In a nutshell, I charge for original artwork and work done e.g. if I manage the reproduction of an image or provide consultation. Denny Bros. or any printing outlet is welcome to supply as they wish for a price they wish without my interjection or invoicing.

For me, examples of paintings offering food for thought are:
01 Please Drive 'arefully: the ‘C’ has been scratched off. Is it, therefore, please drive awfully or ooh-arrr-fully?
08 Bowls & Beer At The Swan: apparently Mr. & Mrs. Rosier reached the bowls final and gave us the ‘war of the Rosiers’.
09 The Old Football WC Changing Room: as a kid this was the ‘football meadow’ changing room cum WC. Even our dog played football with us. Today there is a sign warning No Dogs.
17 Memorial 1914-18: Bloomfield Brothers Hogg Hogg Hubbard Ollington & Sadd: I wonder if anyone from the village died who is not named here? I ask myself what did they die for? A war to end all war? Hmmm. My policy is simple: No More To War. Bring troops home.
35 Quiet Disturbed: talking of war. The military helicopters are persistently flying over our village. It was never like this when I was a kid. As Orwell states in 1984, war = peace?

I also include paintings of:
Constable produced live at Redgrave Church 2008, since Brian Sewell and I had a Constable conversation and the village hall has always had a copy of the Hay Wain, though Brian does not know this;
Coney Weston resident and inventor of the tin whistle Robert Clarke (1816-1882) painted at the Swan 2009;
a portrait of my Backgammon opponent David Thomas which was created for The Threadneedle Prize in 2010;
Straw Bales Approaching Coney Weston, a small painting produced back in 2010.

Though we are in Suffolk, our border location means we are always involved with Norfolk hence our local shops sell the Bury Free Press, Diss Express, East Anglian Daily Times and Eastern Daily Press. Today, the artist known publicly as Ned Pamphilon lives in Suffolk while Grandfather Ned Pamphilon is buried across the border in Norfolk.

Thank you for your time. I invite support for this local activity.

Best wishes,

P.S. As a wag once said, ‘The artist must go very far, so that the ordinary man will go far enough.’
P.P.S. Arsenal! (... surrounded by Tractor Boys and Canaries for years!)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Gerald Celente: The Power of Music - Power of Art

Jeff Rense interviews Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente 14 August 2013

Warning: for those who may find the language and topics covered here rather strong. They are merely opinions by two commentators speaking freely. I happen to enjoy some 'rap' music. It was the Verdi bit at the end that struck me.

A Conversation That Inspired A Coney Weston Art Exhibition: 39:00 mins onwards: Verdi...  

Celente: It’s a plantation economy; the corporations are the plantations you work for. Unlike the plantations where you had to house and feed them, you don’t have to do that anymore. You just use ‘em up and spit ‘em out.  

Rense: The age of expendability.  

Celente: How about the art of self respect? I’m a researcher, I have to go to malls, see what’s going on. What a sad, sad scene. Looking at all these young kids, dressed like pigs and as heavy as pigs... I cannot believe seeing young boys and girls in their early teens being so grossly fat and dressed like slobs. The human spirit has to change.  

Rense: When you see on the outside; tattoos, piercings, dead eyes, obese bodies, ugly clothing, dirty clothing, unkempt people... is that a reflection of the inner workings of the mind and psyche or is it a reflection of social engineering and peer pressure? The answer is all of the above. And a surgically grafted smart phone in their damned hand... if they don’t get a message, I’m willing to wager the pressure is so intense, people loose feelings of self worth if they are not being contacted by someone at a very fast pace in their lives. It’s an amphetamine lifestyle, audio, video, text phone, cell phone...  

Celente: They’re calling rap music. Call it what you want, it’s not music; there’s no instruments in it, it’s techno... a way of making a statement without doing anything. Let me show you how angry I am... expressing individuality without ever doing a damn thing to make change....... It’s a freak show out there as I see it and until people find self respect within themselves, nothing is going to change... and when I talk of respect, look at the clowns running for political office... Over here in New York you got this guy Spitzer. This is a guy born 3rd base and thought he had a triple... his father’s a real estate magnet. He passes the John Law; if you get caught with a hooker you get busted.
[ Anti-John law is a criminal-law statute enacted for punishing prostitutes’ customers. Anti-John laws impose stiffer penalties for the prostitutes’ clients or customers (johns) who in the past usually got off with an equivalent of a traffic ticket. The purpose of this law is to cut off traffic in minors, get rid of the prostitutes and the most harmful aspect of this trade.]
He gets caught with a $3,000 a night hooker and now he’s running for controller. Then you got this guy Weiner... you can’t make it up! Anthony Weiner, the guy who shows his pecker on FacBook, under his underwear, and now he’s running for mayor. You look at this guy... he’s a freak!  

Rense: Well, we live in a freak culture.  

Celente: Now let’s go back to the opera. I went to see Rigoletto. Verdi’s main objective in composing the music that he did, was to raise the spirit of the Italian people so they would rise up against their oppressors. He did it with music. In the 1800’s, Italy was controlled by... Germany had a piece, Austria had a piece, Hungary, France, Spain... a lot of people had a piece of Italy. It was almost a bloodless revolution. It worked. The model exists. He did it with music... calm the savage breast. You know; the power of music. And people don’t realise it, just like they don’t want to admit they took the lowest common denominator of society, the gangsters, the most violent criminals in the penal system that they wouldn’t give shoe laces to or belts because they would strangle you with them and they made a fashion and a music statement out of it... just as they used music to raise the culture, they used it to destroy it and it worked. Footnote: "The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation":