Oscar Romp

 


‘Boogie Boys at The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Southport Weekender 2007
Painted in studio in reference to earlier live drawing
Oil on Canvas

 

The Museum of Club Culture invites you to the preview of…
‘Unstill Lives and Dancerscapes at The Museum of Club Culture’ by Oscar Romp
Preview:  Monday 9th July from 6pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues until 27 July.
Open weekends 11am – 5pm or during the week by appointment.
Contact: museumclubculture@gmail.com

 

Since the mid eighties Oscar Romp (artist/dancer) has been employing his unique process at jazz dance, Northern soul and other clubs, capturing the energy and vitality of the dancers. Drawing with pastel and charcoal on large sheets of paper taped to the dance-floor, Oscar fashions an image directly from what he sees (with no photographic intervention). The images are also informed by visual memory, what he has seen and drawn in the past. Each drawing is an ‘on-the-spot’ improvisation, in which the key elements of the club event (the room, the lighting, the people and their movement) are played with, moved about on the paper, erased and redrawn as the evening progresses, until it starts to work as an image. Breaks from the drawing are taken to dance, and breaks from the dancing are taken to draw: the energy and insight brought by the one activity feeds into the other.

 

The Museum of Club Culture is at 10 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TG

 

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To give a greater insight to the sounds that inspire Oscar’s work, he supplied six special CD compilations from which the compilation mix that follows was drawn. These homemade collections were made using a digital CD recorder connected to Oscar’s studio turntable: the continuous play offered by a CD allowing for extended drawing sessions without intermittent visits to the turntable to turn the record over. In true Romp style, they come with home made covers and track listings, making them wonderful documents in themselves. First come two volumes titled ‘Off-Ska Wall’, followed by a three-CD set titled ‘Unstill Lives’. They focus on old dance music from the 1940s – 60s. The remaining discs document old and new sounds that have, over the years, enticed Romp from the behind the canvas to the dance floor.

 

‘I love to own vinyl records. The argument goes on and on about the relative sound quality of analogue compared to digital. But whatever the conclusion is to that discussion, you cannot cherish a digital sound file in the same way as you can cherish and own that piece of shiny black plastic with all its accessories of labels and sleeve artwork.

 

I’m not at all interested in whether or not a tune is rare or expensive or hard to come by. I don’t buy expensive records. I am only interested in the quality of the music and how good it is to dance to and paint to. When painting in the studio, I always play music, finding that it heightens and focusses my concentration and creative energy.

 

 

Oscar Romp at the Southport Weekender
Oscar has been dancing and drawing at Southport for many years, and we are proud to present here a selection of his finest works inspired by the event.

 


‘Full Floor feat. Rocky Bryan
The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2005
Charcoal on Canson Paper

 


‘Redman’
Drawn in studio
Inspired by Southport Weekender 2007
Charcoal and Pastel on Canson Paper

 


‘Interlocking Dancefloor’
The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2002
Charcoal and Pastel on Canson Paper

 


‘Jazzdancers at The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2003
Charcoal on Canson Paper

 


‘Dancers under Parachutes, The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2004 (Unfinished)
Charcoal on Canson Paper

 


‘Dancers Under Parachutes, Southport Weekender 2008
Painted in studio in reference to earlier unfinished live drawing
Oil on Canvas

 


‘Boogie Boys in The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
(Aurora Dawn on the Decks).
Charcoal and Pastel on Canson Paper.
Drawn live onsite 2005.

 


‘First Dancers at the Early Spot’
The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Drawn live Southport Weekender 2006
Charcoal on Canson Paper

 


‘Dancer’s and DJs, The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar’
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2001
Charcoal on Canson Paper

 


House Dancers and Jazzdancers
Feat. Jerome Anderson.
The Bacardi ‘B’ Bar
Drawn live at Southport Weekender 2001
Charcoal on Canson Paper