2017. ././ . Its been a seriously long year, its been a seriously tough year and I’m only just reaching the end of the the beginning…
There has been a massive shift and change of course in my art work. The past four years have seen a long and slow decrease in the out put of Original Artworks and a sharp increase in the output of Drawings and Tattoo designs. it has been a conscious effort to pursue a career that allows me to create everyday, change peoples lives and develop as an Artist. I am on the cusp of achieving this goal and becoming a licensed Tattoo Artist, But that’s not the end of the journey it is in fact only the beginning of a new field to explore.
While Painting will always remain a true love of mine, Drawing, Design and Tattooing will be at the forefront of my output now, which has over the past few years given me completely new ideas to explore, New challenges to overcome and new skills to master.. ././. The body too is an canvas and one i cannot wait to start making my mark on. . /././/. . Let 2018 be the year for Ink. ./ /. Black Ink. ./ .
A Selection of Designs from 2017. ./. Black Ink Only. ./ Black Book
Obsessive followers would have noted of late most of my works of the past year are based around the art of tattoo and graphic design. Many artists go through dramatic changes as their lives influence their decisions and their work. I am one such example../.
I have recently started work as a tattoo apprentice at Black Sails Tattoo Brighton, because of this i am finding less and less time for painting and creating Fine Art, it also means i have less and less space for my previous works and my new work expands and takes over i must make room for such changes. I have always been an advocate of free art, street exhibitions and vandalism, In a fond farewell to some of my earliest “serious” art works i found the perfect place to wave goodbye and grow a little… .. ././. Here’s to always moving forward./ .
I have been so rubbish at posting absolutely anything for a good year now./../.I put it down to getting married. /. From the bottom of my now full heart i’m so very sorry. . //.
Its finished! The biggest drawing i’ve done in a while and the first finished piece of 2015.. . /. . I give you a pirate themed sleeve with a slightly more modern take on it. I’ve mixed up the order and scale of the main themes, where in most sleeve the ship takes center stage, I’ve given credence to the octopus and compass and added a huge abstract paint smear which blends into the waves instead of filling exclusively with flowers and treasure.. ././. .I am very pleased with how its turned out. /
Taking the idea of GLITCHED koi further, by adding more fish and colors, water ripples and flying lotus flowers. /. ./.
Today i took a walk along Brighton beach with a bag of heads.. ././. . ../. Though i felt a bit bad for leaving them there, i didnt think they’d last long and at the very least they’d be returned to a natural origin.. / ./. So my conscience wasn’t too heavy i left with a couple of buckets of beach rubbish, leaving the beach better than i found it.,. . ..// .
These slate paintings were painted over two years ago, from a series of photographs i took at a small intimate gig at the Bargate Monument in Southampton. The head in question was that of Franz Nicolay.. . /. Good bye Nicolay. /.
Free art drops today in Brighton.. . …/./.
A recent commission for a good bunch of guys, The guys in question are a local Punk band called Primeval Soup, who as well as preaching against wrong doings in the world and standing up for what they believe in they actually fight it.. ./. Raising money for charity, hunt sabotaging and boycotting . ../. This art work is designed to couple with a track focusing on animal rights, and whilst i am a vegetarian myself i’ve never had the guts to take it as far as these guys.. ./ . More to come. /.
Nine Tattoo studio in Brighton were gracious enough to place my birds center stage.. /. Not to mention the amazing work that goes on here. / //. /
Brighton 2014 Free Art Exhibition
You may remember, if you are a regular follower, the 100 pigeons exhibited in my last show ‘Pecking At The Sidelines’
Last week i set them free in Brighton, sadly but consciously in their most inhabited environment, The window ledges of empty buildings.. . ./.
They lasted two days. .. ./. I hope they are loved. . /.
Acrylic on reclaimed plywood.
Recently i have made a conscious decision to change the way i paint.// ./ It may just be a phase it might take over everything.. /./
‘Old Crows’ 2014 Acrylic, Spray Paint on Whiteboard and Slate.
All found in the street.
Just some of the birds on display in ‘Pecking At The Sidelines’
There’s been a few hitches and and a few spelling mistakes.. /. But Pecking At The Side Lines is up for a month. /./ 90 pigeons later./. and a whole bunch of new prints and paintings its definitely my most happy show to date./. Whats wrong with me. >?
Heres a few pictures around the show… / / Incl the wall of pigeons/
And heres another. ./ ‘Kokeshi City’ Both pieces are being displayed at the Painting Pottery Cafe Gallery, Brighton until the 4th of April 2014. Both pieces are currently for sale. Message for further details./ ./
Apologies for the abysmal photos . /.
Acrylic and posca on reclaimed canvas print.. / .
I have a new show opening tomorrow at the lovely Painting Pottery Cafe Gallery, North Laine, Brighton. ./. ./
I quite excited for this show as it has a lot of new unseen pieces in and 100 original pigeons on display.. /./. Its set to be my most colorful show to date!
The show will run for a month../ . Private view TBC
The weather has been particularly shit so far this Jan,,., So I’ve spent all day everyday indoors going mad making pigeons for a new show TBA .././. 86 so far.. /. ///. Here’s the process ./ (missing the sawing and sanding ./ who wants to see that)
The original piece of wood was in fact huge though././.
I have been invited to take part in this very important event././. And i am very pleased to be donating to this cause.././. Below are the pieces i have donated with no reserve!! ././. further below is the link to the facebook event where you can view all other works for sale and find out more about ART4AID././
‘Another Ticket’ Acrylic on Plywood 64 cm x 47 cm approx.
‘UNTITLED ‘ Pigeons x 2 pieces . 20 cm x 20 cm
Acrylic on Hardboard
Down To The Bone.. / /. Last night was meet the artist night at the Onca gallery for DTTB.
DTTB is A collective exhibition of works from varied disciplines in recognition and support of street dogs living overseas. To be hung, open to the public at ONCA Gallery, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton from the 24th until the 30th Sept 2013.
ONCA has a passion for art that integrates with environmental conservation and strives to raise awareness of how environmental change affects every living thing. For whatever reason the dogs we are caring for have found themselves abandoned by owners and on the street. Be it economical, governmental or even military, we have changed their environment and so ONCA Gallery is a most welcome and supportive venue for this collection of work.
There are many street dogs needing support all over the world so why have we chosen to help those in Portugal and Spain? One of the organisers of the exhibition has, for many years, worked in these countries and has seen problems and suffering on a scale that does not happen here in England. There are too many dogs in shelters in the UK awaiting adoption but we have a support network – the animals here, in the main, have basic but good care, water, food a dry bed. Even these most simple needs are not met abroad, the dogs really do have to live on the street or if rounded up they are kept in appalling conditions for a few days before being PTS (put to sleep). These dogs have crossed the organiser’s path, called out for help and had their cries answered. This special lady has seen the problem in her own environment and has taken action. These are the dogs that all funds raised through the exhibition will help.
I was very proud to be invited to take part in this show and to be exhibited along side such well established artists././ .
Here is the piece i contributed to the show./.
‘All You Need Is Love’ Acrylic and Spray Paint on Mixed Reclaimed Plywood.
If you want to find out more please do visit the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Downtothebone2013
To mark my return to the online domain.. . /. IT’S COMPETITION TIME!!
You could win these little beauty’s./.
All you have to do is Go to my page on Facebook … / SHARE this image, LIKE my page and COMMENT telling me you’ve done so. . / /./
Winner will be announced Sunday evening. . . /. Good Luck!
If you are of the conviction that you have no luck then you can bid on these pigeons which are being auctioned starting at 99p and also ending Sunday to re-enforce my return . . .. /./. /. Happy bidding.. /.
Following on from yesterdays post. . /. /
The “Terra Nova” exhibition held at Yum Yum Ninja was based around the idea of reusing and recycling. All the pieces i exhibited in the show were all made from reused materials (electric fuse box doors and record sleeves). In the run up to the show i was asked to perform some live art, as always i had a very loose concept and was going to leave it up to accident and chaos on the night. My plan was to build a ‘canvas’ on site and paint it there and then. But on the way to the show i found a set of old blinds thrown out on the street, and it was all too perfect an accident to pass up, it fitted perfectly with the recycle and reuse concept and because it looked like a scroll unrolled it tied in with the theme of the Japanese restaurant. I picked it up and decided to paint that at the show instead../. the perfect blend of planning and chaos.. /. .//. I ended up calling the piece “Love You TO Death” .. /. And i have no idea what happened to it after the show.. /. ??
“Love You To Death” Acrylic on Reclaimed Blind
It has been a seriously long time since i’ve had the resources to post./. what with moving house, being between internet and smashing my camera, all cheap excuses but all variables in why i haven’t posted, But now finally back, with a lot of stuff to show you.. /. I have been working on a secret series (which pieces will be revealed in time) i have been in two group shows, i have been live painting and i have been dropping free art in Brighton. . /. Where to start?
Lets start small, simple and beautiful../. As part of The ‘Terra Nova’ show organized by the lovely girls at Saints Lot, i painted three geisha girls on reclaimed electricity fuse box doors. The whole show was based around the idea of reusing and recycling which suits me fine. The Show was held at Yum Yum Ninja, Brighton hence the theme of my pieces. There are plenty of photos to come from the live painting i also did at the show ../. but that can wait for another post..
It feels good to be back and i hope that with this post i can wet your appetites and claw back the consistency and following i once had./../ No more dead air space.. . //.//.
(2013-08-08) Spectrum Of Sadness, Red Girl, Yellow Girl, Blue Girl
If you are interested in these pieces they are still on display at Yum Yum Ninja as they were so loved.. ./ ./././
Its been a while since i’ve done any real Free Art Friday Drop…/ . But with this amazing weather i can’t really say no../ . it’s not Friday. ./. But for those Britonians../ .here’s a piece fresh out today, it’s even sign posted for you. . . /. / /./ /.
I found this old cupboard on the street last autumn . . /. /. I did do a few posts about it when i was working on it, but some how it fell by the wayside, i completed it a good while ago now and have never posted the results. /. So here it is. . . ..//.
‘Killer Beauty’ Acrylic and Gloss on Reclaimed Cupboard