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. /.
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. . //.
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.
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/
A new piece ready for ‘Pecking At The Sidelines’ .. /.
This was painted on a reclaimed printed cityscape.. / .I have no idea why people buy big photos of dirty city’s to cover there homes with, when i get home i want to escape the cityscape i live in./ .
‘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./…/.
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
Tomorrow i am set to separate the love birds.. . potentially forever. /. It’s there last night together in the warmth./. They are saying their farewells and enjoying what time is left.
There’s every chance this won’t last forever../. there’s every chance they were meant to be together.. /. I hope those who find them feel the same.. /.
I feel a new series coming on .. . / //.. .. /.
‘Baby In A Bag’ Acrylic and Posca on Reclaimed Plywood sealed in Plastic bag
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
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.. ./ ./././
I am very pleased to announce that i will be taking part in a group show this September to raise money for homeless dogs. I am also humbled to be held in such high esteem being invited to exhibit along side some of Brighton’s biggest players, having only lived here its a real honor to be included in the list of exhibitors.
You can find out more details about the show here for which i will be donating existing art works and creating an original piece.
The art works that i sent up to Upfest Gallery in Bristol have arrived…/. though they wont be for sale anymore as they arrived damaged.. ./.As much as i love battle scars on my work and damage incurred during the process of creating, these were finished pieces and i had reached a point where they did not need changing, though i do like the damage personally i cannot consciously sell them in a state that i didn’t intend.
So i had to do something quickly so i could get some pieces up in time.././. with limited funds and resources i set about making two paintings using printer ink…/. I’d never using this medium before… /. And personally i think they are beautiful.. //.
‘His and Her Disagreement’ Printer Ink on Plain Wallpaper 38 cm x 50 cm each approx
‘Re-Tar-DEAD’ Acrylic on reclaimed plywood
During the summer of last year i relocated to Brighton and was technically homeless for three months .. /. /.i spent the three months on a sofa of a one bedroom flat, not that i’m not grateful for the sacrifices made but it as a very testing period and one littered with conflicting thoughts and feelings.. . //. This was ‘The Hive’
Acrylic and Posca on Hardboard A3
The recent snow is testament to how detrimental the effects of global warming are becoming even here in merry old England, so it is with great pride that i exhibit this piece at the Onca Gallery, Brighton…. . . /./
‘Footprints’ is my contribution to the show, the theme being the melting of our precious ice caps and the knock on effect that has/. . . …/ /.
Opening tonight…/. This really is an amazing little gem in Brightons crown ../. so regardless of whether you like my work you should get down there for tonights opening ‘Our Time On Ice’.. . …/./Onca Gallery, London Road.
‘Sorry Mum’ Acrylic, Gloss and Oil on Plywood 82 cm x 102 cm
Today in Brighton and im sure the best part of England it is snowing and is set to continue… .. ./ so while you get to escape the bitterness of the cold don’t forget to spare a thought and maybe even some food for the creatures with whom you share this world .. /./ they are so often brushed aside../.
‘Pecking At The Side Lines’ Acrylic and recycled canvas frame and plywood 80 cm x 30 cm
So i promised yesterday to post a new photo./. i broke that promise…../ .but not on purpose, my internet went down and ive only just got it sorted../. .So heres two new pieces set to be shown at The Gold Room in May.. /
He’s something to balance out the niceties of the last post… /. This piece has been painted on an old dart board box, the box itself is as you would expect covered in misfired shots and dart holes. I found it on one my travels the other week and it seemed like the perfect surface for this idea i had sitting in my sketch book for far too long…/..
‘Life Is Pain’ 50 cm x 50 cm Acrylic on Dartboard Box