Thursday, 29 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
So I spent the weekend down at Shelf's Christmas Pop Up Shop where I was "guest shopkeeper" touting my wares. Despite a weird semi-powercut on Saturday afternoon which plunged much of the street into darkness, there was a steady stream of shoppers throughout Saturday and Sunday - along with various friends and acquaintances - and I sold a few prints and my work received many positive comments. Which was nice. A big thanks to all those who dropped by, either to shop or just to chat.
If you've not been down there yet, the shop will be open for just two more days - that's Thursday (22nd) and Friday (23rd) of this week. Loads of great Shelf goodies at a wide range of prices, along with lovely surface design from Hazel Stark and prints from Paul Bommer, Beyond Thrilled and various other printmakers.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Finally managed to make it to the Edward McKnight Kauffer exhibition at the Estorick Collection in Canonbury Square. I'd been looking forward to it for ages but only today found the time - on the exhibition's final day. (It's a great place, and I can't believe I didn't know of it previously. It also has a decent-looking café serving simple Italian dishes and salads, so I'll definitely be going back).
The exhibition has a wide range of his ground-breaking poster work - both gouache preparatory paintings and final posters - for clients such as London Underground and Shell in the period 1915-1940, and showed clearly how his style was strongly influenced by the art movements of the early 20th century: Fauvism, Constructivism, Vorticism and Art Deco. There's so much strong work that it's hard to argue with the exhibition's title.
It ends on rather a poignant note though, with a single poster illustrating his later career. McKnight Kauffer and his wife returned to his native US during the Second World War, but by all accounts they were absolute Anglophiles and he spent the rest of his life bitterly regretting having left England.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
I'm very chuffed to have been invited to participate in Shelf's pop-up Xmas shop as a featured artist, particularly as I'm in the company of the great Paul Bommer, whose work I've long admired, and designer of lovely knitwear Jo Gordon.
The shop will be in the fantastic studio space of Bold Creative at 13A Boundary Street, London E2, and open between 11am and 7pm on the following dates:
Saturdays 3rd, 10th and 17th
Sundays 4th, 11th and 18th
plus Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd
My work will be available to buy throughout, but I will be "guest artist" (and hence there in person) on 17th and 18th.
Come along, say hello, peruse, admire and buy from Shelf's Noted Gifts and Fineries!
(Further details - and probably some photos - to come...)
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
This is the first of my (hopefully many) illustrations for IllustrationFriday's weekly illustration challenge. (A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation). I'm hoping to produce a drawing most weeks in an attempt to polish my rather rusty drawing skillz.
This week's illustration is on the theme of Vanity, natch.
Friday, 18 November 2011
The global Occupy movement is inspiring many designers and illustrators to create posters promoting their cause. Printmag has a great selection in their article here, including the fantastic poster above designed by Favianna Rodriguez. I so wish I knew someone in NYC to procure me that copy of The Occupied Wall Street Journal. There's also a great gallery here on the International Business Times site. (Irony much?)
Those two selections are far more illustrative than many of the others I've seen online, which seem to be largely typographic. The Occupy Together website has a range of posters to download, and the Occupy Britain site also has its own downloadable selection.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Screen print - Visit Crouch End & Hornsey by regular railway and motor-bus services. No Underground. Get over it.
Yes, it's the third in an ongoing series of screen prints in the style of London Transport's glorious posters of years past, featuring a few of London's off-underground and oft-overlooked neighbourhoods.
An open edition, hand printed on white Fabriano 5 "Liscia" paper. Paper size 300x400mm, image size approx. 250x360mm
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I'd best get on my bike and join in.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
They're a great series of drawings anyway, I love the marks he makes - remind me a little of Ben Shahn's drawings. Tim also puts out some very tasty screenprints. This one below seems particularly appropriate right now.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
What better dining partner than a happy cat?
Monday, 8 August 2011
Monday, 4 July 2011
Screen print - Visit Stoke Newington by Motor Bus No. 73. No Underground. Get over it.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Angels don't just play harps, they play jazz too. These hand-pulled 5 colour screenprints - in two different colourways - show just how bebop angels can be.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Orson Welles knows the score. When it comes to volunteering, volunteer for lunch!
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
This 5 colour screenprint is an open edition, printed by hand on toffee-coloured Daler-Rowney Murano paper. Paper size 250x325mm, image size approx. 190x250mm.
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Thursday, 17 February 2011
Take a tip from an Emperor. Win or lose, whatever the outcome, a glass of bubbly is clearly in order.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Advice for the young and old. From bed to table and back again in an infinite loop.
This 2 colour screenprint is an edition of 12 prints and is available in two bright colourways - green and orange, and lilac and orange. Printed by hand on 300gsm Fabriano 5 acid-free paper. Paper size 250x350mm, image size approx. 135x255mm.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Do you speak dog? If not, this gorgeous 2 colour print will soon sort you out.
Printed by hand on 300gsm Fabriano 5 acid-free paper, in 2 different colourways, this print will not only adorn your wall but will quickly have you barking fluently in eight different languages.
Edition of 6 in raspberry pink and leaf green. Paper size 500x350mm. Image size approx. 300x240mmCLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PRINT FROM THE BEYOND THRILLED ONLINE SHOP
Ghoulish or affectionate? You decide.
The perfect print gift for a slightly macabre valentine or lover.
Hand pulled 4 colour screenprint on acid-free 220gsm white stock. Edition of 20. Paper size 210x297mm, image size approx. 130x200mm.CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PRINT FROM THE BEYOND THRILLED ONLINE SHOP
Monday, 17 January 2011
Buon Appetito! Bon Appetit! Get stuck in!
Hang this "call to the table" print in your kitchen or your dining room and let a fat Italian chef watch while you cook and eat. Bellissimo!
Hand pulled 6 colour screenprint on 300gsm acid-free W&N watercolour paper. Edition of 10. Paper size 420x297mm, image size approx. 200x235mm.CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PRINT FROM THE BEYOND THRILLED ONLINE SHOP
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Ever heard a fluttering noise just before your mind goes blank? Well this poetic evocation of a vacant mind shows you just what's happening there.
Hang it above your desk and stare blankly at it every now and then, trying to remember what it was you were just about to do.
Hand pulled 3 colour screenprint on acid-free 220gsm white stock. Edition of 15. Paper size 210x297mm, image size approx. 130x200mm.
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