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./ .
It’s been a hell of a while since i was working on a new explosion../../ But here it is kids.. /. Ready in time for Christmas, A new limited edition Christmas Explosion Drawing. . /.//.
Through the stages so far.. /.
Black Ink on Distressed Paper
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. /.
Chest infections can be brutal. . . ./. Thats why I’ve made these images so brutal.
When I’m ill the biggest pain is not being able to work, draw or paint. . //.
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.
The more i practice for the art of Tattoo the more my half finished ideas of art and expression slip away, today i sought to rekindle one such project, changing the pen for the brush to take on an old adversary
In 2012 i started a series entitled ‘Life In Little Pieces’.
The idea was to create a wall of 12 ‘saints’ all of which have had their place in my life past and future. essentially they are all self portraits /. They would be exhibited in a row, like the imposing art in a christian church, but take on a more gothic and self reflecting tone. Rather than these idols that celebrate the idea of virtue and sacrifice i wanted to focus on the parts of humanity which we might not want to fully admit, misdeed, alienation, heartbreak and ultimately, mortality.
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.
For the show fragments i put together a series of prints././ The ideas follow on from my “Virus” series where i became obsessed by pixelated images. I followed on with the same concept of fusing pixels with organic objects, this time using animals as my ‘host’. These images were created using computer manipulated ink drawings./ ./.
Well it was my intention today to post some photos of new paintings from 2014./.. ./. But all of them are at my current show ‘Pecking At The Sidelines’ .././ You’ll have to wait until April 22nd . . . ..//. Here’s what i’m currently working on instead . ./ . /
‘Old Crows’ Slate and Acrylic ob White Board. /. In Progress./
Love Birds// / ./ by PigeonNest.. ./
Yaaay Its here.. / there’s finally some collaborations by myself and Frin./
After lots of brain storming we have found a way to fuse our two loves./. Painting and Sewing into one lovable package/. /. Go and take a look at Lovebirds by PigeonNest…/.
Theres still plenty more collaborations to come! And I’m so happy to start this journey. /.
So ive done my part of the bargain and painted a bunch of pigeons./. They’ve all been cut out and attached to complimentary fabric ready to be made into all sorts!
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
Something new in the studio../. Fabric pigeons ready to be sewn on to all manor of things/../ ./ Watch this space../ . and keep an eye on this shop, they’ll be available soon. . /. https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pigeonnest
A new slate portrait commission just completed. . /. /
Three friends took an epic journey mountain biking and wanted to commemorate it with a Belbin portrait../ .
Hope you like it Anth. . / //.
So tomorrow it will be two weeks until valentines day/. /.
And in the spirit of things I’m going to get all soppy and offer buy one get one free on ‘Love birds’../. Choose your own colors and objects and i will paint the perfect matching partner for free.. /. /.
13 cm x 13 cm – £15 incl post
20 cm x 20 cm – £20 incl post
You can contact me directly via email@example.com or you can order straight away via my shop/ ./.
Here’s some of the ‘Love Birds’ Featured in my previous exhibition ‘FRAGMENTS’
‘I Want The One I Can’t Have’
Acrylic and Spray Paint on Plywood 50 cm x 50 cm
Painted Last Year…/. Possibly The Most Important Painting Of My Life./…/.
It has been nearly a year since i last saw this piece and it was painted over a year ago./ / /.
Now it is back and the bridge is in perfect condition //. May it last forever/.
‘Build A Bridge To Her’ Acrylic on Plywood
Blogging wise it has been rather quite here in the build up to xmas, that’s because all of the paintings i was working on were in fact gifts and so obviously i couldn’t publish them. So here is a backlog of paintings. / /./.
The first wave was a fresh new batch of xmas pigeons, this time with a festive slant i have become only slightly obsessed by snow flakes. ./
The second wave of paintings was a set of portraits../. not something you’d associate with me.. and furthermore they were both painted on canvas./. another thing you would not associate with me. It s always a good thing to take my self out of my usual sphere of working, both of the canvases were still reclaimed and recycled and i feel like despite working from photographs i managed to inject plenty of Belbin hallmarks to the pieces.
And the final piece was, given the more soppy themes of my painting the most important as it was for my fiance .. . /
It was based a short story held close to her heart and a running theme though our long relationship ‘The Snow Goose’
‘Fritha’ Acrylic, Spray Paint and Posca on reclaimed hardboard and Plywood
After taking down the show FRAGMENTS./. /. .. I later found out the one of my simplest but most effective pieces hadn’t just been sold on the spot but had been taken all the way to New York City. / /./. This made me very happy and my little fragments are slowly but surely making their way around the globe././ .Sweden, Italy, Israel and now America.. /. /. Come on Asia/./. so i can move there . /./.
‘Life Is Pain’ Only if you don’t learn from its trials../ . /. Acrylic on Reclaimed Dartboard Cupboard ./. SOLD
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