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./ .
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.
Two more old paintings which never really made the grade have finally been sorted out.. . ./. /.
‘Crumpled Human Package’ ‘Furr God’s Sake’
Acrylic on Plywood Acrylic and Oil on Plywood
100 cm x 100 cm 70 cm x 100 cm
Recent posts might suggest that im running out of ideas… ../. / I have been attacking old paintings and improving them, now normally i would stand by the premise of ‘once a piece of art is finished it should never be revisited’ but there has been quite few paintings now that have been keeping me up at night. I knew when i ‘finished’ them i was not happy with them the truth is i was either bored of looking at them or utterly clueless as to what to do with them. This week that has changed, I have had breakthrough’s on paintings i never wanted to see the light of day and i put it down to my work schedule. I normally have a million different ideas, series’, paintings, drawings and plans all going on at the same time and normally i end up evolving before i’ve really finished exploring these ideas. This week i wrote a list of all the things i have going on and unfinished and am not allowed to start anything new until this list is complete. So even though the ideas are piling up still, Its better than half finished projects piling up! Thats not to say that this blog will be short of new things to show you.. . …. . …/./. Here is the latest re hash of an old painting i did… …. . .its now good enough to be used as origanlly intended, Art work for the band Caolin Clay.. . ….. .. ./. ////. .
‘Caolin Clay’ Acrylic on Plywood 81cm x 63cm
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I had just recently paid a visit to the natural history museum……. one of the most beautiful interesting places in England, And it got me thinking about death…….
“Absent Brain Surgery” Acrylic on card 25cm x 27cm “Climate Change” Acrylic on card 30cm x 27cm
No doubt there will be more to come……………..
My drawing of all things old, industrial and victorian is now complete. Framed and mounted with a maroon border and dedicated to my mother……Jenny.
This piece is available on limited print, limited to 20. Unfortionately my shop is not online at the moment so please contact me for details.
Heres a few photos of what im currently working on, Its a drawing of all things old, industrial and victorian with a certain person in mind….
Method of approach…… I wanted the card to look and feel really old and dirty so i made up a mix of soot and water and painted the A3 card then roasted it, after which i scrapped any remnants off and started work with a piolot V5 hi-tecpoint.