My good friend Corrado has opened another ‘Radio’ hair salon on fashionable Broadway Market in Hackney. He asked me if I wanted to put up some work for the opening last month, and you can see the 8 pieces hanging there right now. It’s at 74 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ.
I was recently asked to illustrate the front cover of the ‘London Beer City’ festival booklet. A simple mixture of London landmarks and beer related things was needed. I drew everything by hand and constructed the finished design digitally. Then using the ancient art of Tracing, I coloured everything using watercolour. You’d never know a computer was even used. Loads of beer related events will run from 9-16 August around London, see www.londonbeercity.com for details.
Last month was quite a busy one, I was exhibiting at 2 stands at Pick Me Up, London’s annual illustration and graphics fair at Somerset house, and also had a small exhibition in a local arty cafe (see later post). For the Puck Collective stand at PMU, I made amongst other things 2 Mushroom Shields, one illustrated with poisonous fungi and one with edible fungi (good and evil- the theme was war). They were painted in acrylic on wooden shields. I sold the Edible one (‘Food’).
Here are a few selected images and a paragraph from my exhibition ‘A Desert’ at Wilton Way Cafe in Dalston. All works are for sale. The exhibition is on til the end of May. Please email if you are interested in any work or would like a price list.
‘A Desert’, like much of his recent work asks what animals and landscapes might look like before the End, in the pre-apocalypse. Based on sketchy science and imagination, the artist suspects the world will be filled with eternal sunsets, bleached animals, moist fungi and dry cacti. The world will be steamy from a thousand eternally erupting volcanoes spewing lava from the cracked tectonic crust. As we observe the ends of species, we will mourn the last Badger, Fox or Snake. The world will not be a grey and dead place, but a beautifully colourful tropical desert beach-jungle.
This is a recent painting I made for an up and coming exhibition, with a theme of ‘The Desert’. Ink and watercolour on paper.
This is the second print I made in November, it’s called Hair Loss. It is thematically linked to the tattoo prints I made in the Summer, dealing with narcissism and body image. And it isn’t really a subject that’s addressed in the world of printmaking! It is 2 colours, digitally scanned from an original drawing. Printed on 300gsm Colourset Natural paper, measuring 35cm x 50cm. It is priced at just £35. Email me if you like it.
I made a new screen print in November (I made 2 actually, I’ll post the other one soon). Continuing my themes of environmental evolution and decay, I present The Last Snake.
It is a 2 colour print, made with hand drawn stencils (indian ink on Trugrain film), and printed on 300gsm Colourset Natural paper. It is an edition of 20. It measures 50cm x 70cm, and will cost a mere £50. Use the email address on the right if you are interested in purchasing one, and in the mean time I will try and put it on my webshop.
The nice people at Radio commissioned me to paint 3 large xmas themed paintings to hang in their salon for the seasonal period. Given free artistic rein, I decided to avoid the usual and tired old imagery of this time of year (snow men, Santa, robins, angels etc). I concentrated on the season of winter, and invented 3 Winter Spirits that are supposed to protect us from the cold. The first is the giant Frost Fox looking out for the skater, the second is cave dwelling Winter Spirit who sends white animals to collect unpleasant Christmas trinkets and the third is the the Winter Woodsman, shooing away the crows of Doom. They will be up until the New Year, so if you are on Redchurch Street, feel free to go in and see them!