This is a mash of contradictions - it started when I was working on sketches for a zombie collaboration which didn't get completed, and at the same time I began barwork again and saw so many families where the parents would allow their kids to go psycho while they imbibe and expect the staff to act as babysitters and cleaners around them, then leave a 1 star review.
I wanted to do something to reflect the 2017 general election in the UK, and thought of The Ececution of Lady Jane Grey by Delaroche - originally I had two of the characters as her campaign advisers, but they got fired after I started; the grinning character at the back started out as Arlene Foster of the DUP, then it looked like the deal they had arranged was not going to happen, so she became Michael Gove; then the deal was back on again, but i had already inked the glasses...
I came across James Fenton's poetry when I was 17 and The Ballad Of The Shrieking Man is a favourite. I find his language and rhythm like watching a vivid dream.
I hoped to do this whole poem, each stanza as an A3 in ink. This took 2 months of time snatched in between moving from London, settling two children into new schools and changing jobs twice, so it seemed too over-ambitious.
I reached out to Mr Fenton several times for feedback but heard nothing. So I hope you guys like it.
After hearing though the Snowden leaks that Bashir Al-Assad's favourite song was 'Sexy And I Know It' by the awful LMFAO, this came quickly...
With Trump being elected I kept trying to do work involving money, brashness, demagoguery, all the things that sprang to mind - in the end this was my best way of expressing his appearance in the Republican primaries. Again sketched out at The Mesmerist in Brighton.
As an aside - when I sketch I tend towards screaming faces and jagged teeth. So this was quite cathartic.
I really enjoy listening to true crime podcasts and they seem to cluster around certain cases at certain times; several of them mentioned the Black Dahlia case, and it struck me the mix of sensationalism and misongyny when describing Elizabeth Short. I sketched this out at The Mesmerist in Brighton, who I promised to send a copy of this to, but forgot.
When I moved to Worthing I joined a bunch of artist facebook groups and in one there was a call for artists to update the underpass under Chapel Road. Everyone else turned up with suitcases full of spray paint. I gathered as much leftover masonry paint as I could find and splattered this on the wall. There's some amazing work there from Big Enchelada and others, and I'm glad I could be a part of it.
This - and the Jimmy Page pic - were just an experiment; using layering to digitally trace over a photo. It was fun and I really liked the outcome, but at the same time there's nothing added to the picture and just feels like a long way of putting an instagram filter over a photo.
Following the short lived commitment of the Conservatives to permit a free vote on the ban on foxhunting.
Done during the London riots a few years ago, partly a criticism of them, partly a statement on how they are demonised by the protesters in the same way the protesters felt demonised by the police.
Like the Kurt piece, this is a digital tracing of a photo; fun to do but not something I'd do again.
Page though is a problematic subject - I'm a huge fan of Zep, and grew up with them as one of my inspirations in learning the guitar. But I think that he has avoided the shitshow that has met other, less popular 70's personalities when their shitty actions came to light; Page has one of the most terrible paragraphs in the excesses of rock n roll debauchery but has emerged unscathed. I think I might come back to him as a subject soon...
One of the mashup pieces I was doing as a T-Shirt/Postcard piece; pretty straightforward. Breaking Bad & Up. Thankfully Ununpentium - Uup - provided a thematic title!