well – it’s been a short while but i’ve made enough sketches that i thought i’d set them out them by theme for a change…
The largest collection is of Travel Portraits, mostly from the London Underground and Overground. So I’ll start with just a few of those. Trying a new – non-gallery format – let me know if you like it better !
I think this is my favourite TFL sketch so far.
It captures hundreds of identical moments I see watching people every day – the commuter all bundled up for winter and tucked into a sensationalist free paper whose headline blares absurdly from the crinkled front page.
The two guys from this page look like they’re from totally different centuries.
Imagined journey –
Lady on the late train back to Brockley from London Bridge, fellow on a train from Hove to London.
Newspaper headlines, brands and names of supermarkets on shopping bags are written all over public space, part of the markings of our world.
Sometimes they seem to make a visual point, I can’t always work out what it is, and don’t want to pin it down, but I like to include these things where they strike me as interesting or often, as amusing or absurd in some way.
Looking forward to the opening of the Obsession Exhibition this Friday 27th 6:30-9:30 at the Embassy Tea Gallery near Southwark station, London – do come along, we set up yesterday and it it was exciting to see such a mix of different styles around the theme.
I’m happy to say I’ll be taking part in a group exhibition Obsession: Love, Ritual, Collection at the Embassy Tea Gallery in June.
My work for this exhibition is based in the art of letter-writing, as a certain ritual that embodies love, collection and, sometimes, obsession. I find that there is a spill over from words into images and vice versa…… subtle links between our verbal and image-based languages that can be very powerful.
Letters are a subject I have been exploring for a long time both in personal and in community work: Painted Veils
Further details of the upcoming exhibition below:
Obsession, Love, Ritual, Collection
OBSESSION: Love, Ritual, Collection
EMBASSY TEA GALLERY
195 – 205 Union Street London SE1 0LN
Exhibition open by appointment only 24th June – 27th June
I am happy to say I have asked to be an artist in residence at the Caravanserai project in Canning Town following the 21Artists exhibition in late November for which I created and showed artwork based around the local area. The piece itself can be seen in progress below and further images and details on the project found here.
My part in the exhibition will be based on large-scale drawings inspired the local architecture, urban environment and population. For me this is quite a new way of working. I am used to making small fast drawings. Research has been done in this way, by cycling around and drawing the local area, and the work itself will be started the day before and completed on the day of the exhibition. In scale and rapid completion of an entire composition this is experimental for me but I think this approach will lend itself to the work.
Title: Structure, Shift, Lift and Lay.
Medium: Ink, Acrylic & Paper
Size: The inside of big box. Three walls and a ceiling roughly 8 ft square.
Structure, Shift, Lift and Lay is a landscape piece drawn from the developing urban area of Canning Town. The piece allows the viewer to stand back and get an overview of the area’s many layers, structures and environments existing side by side; the residential, the docks, industry, modern monoliths, old buildings, fast trains and roads, the hovering cable cars and the river. The changes taking place are vast and structural and in their wake is the cultural shift of the area with all its social and commercial potential for both creation and destruction. These changes can be seen in both negative and positive ways by different people; residents, investors, contractors, and local businesses. This piece offers for contemplation a compacted glimpse of the vast structural systems within which, and through which, all these people relate.
I’m back on the market!! I’ll be down there every Sunday (and some Fridays) until Christmas – and probably more days – look here, or call/email me to find out when i’ll next be down:
– firstname.lastname@example.org –
I will be selling prints like last year – with a whole years worth of new material including the ‘Musicians, Writers & Philosophers’ project and a peak into a new series I’m beginning – ‘Whimsy’ yes, whimsy – until I find a better name for my playful little figures.
I will also be selling framed work and prints in frames that I have handmade for each individual work. – small selection of prints below!
‘Dots and Dashes – Dance’ – ’13
‘Kicking Up the Leaves’ – ’13
Devendra Banhart – Old Folk Song 2013
Mississippi John Hurt – I’m Satisfied – 2013
Love Knot ’13
Autumn Spring IV ’13
Autumn Spring – ’13 – Full Series
Joni In Green
Camden View from Bridge 2.
Camden View from Bridge 1.
Bertrand Russell and Eccentricity “Do not fear to be eccentric… every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
look forward to seeing some friendly faces down the market!
I have always loved conkers, they look and feel like the most delicious things in the world, they all fall in such a short time and tarnish to a dull sheen so quickly.
This year I’ve tried to catch them in their most glorious moments as they burst from their shells and start to become like wizened little old faces which populate my room until the next ‘fall’.
Autumn Spring I ’13
Autumn Spring II ’13
Autumn Spring III ’13
Autumn Spring IV ’13
Autumn Spring V ’13
Again this series echoes my fascination with metamorphosis. I chose the title Autumn Spring because there is something of the freshness of spring in the brief flowering of this autumn fruit, joining the two opposing seasons reminds me how the years roll round, and round… and round.