Ogres in Italy

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A piece for the Orchinfabula exhibition at the National Archeological Museum in Paestum, Italy. As part of the Festival of Fairy Tales, the exhibition centered around the theme of myths and ogres.

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Exploring mythology for this piece was a departure from my usual work, it’s nicely timed with the new term I’m teaching at The Prince’s Drawing Clubs as we’re exploring myths and legends too. The exhibition lies just across the road from an incredible archaeological site preserving temples of the Greek gods Athena, Hera and Neptune, I’ve just come back from there and tried my hand at painting its surroundings. Working with colours in watercolour was fun and foreign to me since I paint with black ink mostly. Here’s the muddied result along with a couple other quick drawings done whilst waiting for and on trains.

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Italy-11…and a few panels of my Uffizi tour with Jon. Negronis will feature later if I finish this little strip.

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And one last drawing copied from a painting…from which I cannot recall the name. But I loved the dramatic lighting cast over the majestic figures swooping all over the canvas.

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Illustrative Festival revealed

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Super delayed photos coming your way of Illustrative Festival I recently exhibited at in Berlin. The turn out was great and it was wonderful displaying my work alongside other talented artists from across the globe. Plus I used it as a great excuse to work and experience summer in Berlin, thanks also to a generous friend and his wonderfully equipped balcony-turned-studio.

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Exhibition at Direktorenhaus in Berlin!

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An exhibition of my new illustration work is being held at Direktorenhaus in Berlin this coming week. Opening night is Tuesday 9th April at 8pm, and runs until 15th April. Details can be found here. Thank you Pascal Johanssen for inviting me and making all this possible!

It also gives me a brilliant excuse to visit Berlin, and a chance to pay my dues to Kathe Kollowitz, can’t wait! Now I just need to catch some sleep before my absurdly early 6am flight, courtesy of budget airline.

Open Studio Show

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A bit late in the day – things have been really manic lately, but here are some photos from the open studio show held at the Tea Building in Shoreditch, London. Its a very raw space provided by The Prince’s Drawing School, hence the exposed pipework, lovely to work around that when hanging up my work.

 

 

 

All the artwork will shortly be put up on my website for sale, if you are interested in buying a piece – prints or original paintings, drop me an email.

Paint the Queen

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I’ve just finished painting a mural for the Queen of Hoxton in London. 15 artists have been selected to create new artwork on their walls, I worked on the exterior facade, whilst the other 14 artists have been busy painting up a storm inside the venue. Its been a challenging experience, battling with the wind, and working on such a large scale for the first time – two walls, one 13 metres wide!

The opening night for the new work will be on the 24th October – save the date!  Details can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/360802137341909/

AOI Images 36

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I have several pieces of work that have been selected for publication in AOI Images 36: Best of British Illustration.

They also made it into the Images 36 show, currently exhibiting at the Somerset House until 28th October, go see it if you’re in London! Its in a beautiful building, displayed amongst other wonderful work. The show will then be touring around the UK until September 2013.