Friday, 9 July 2021

(MORE) POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

I always draw them individually, and never refer to previous compositions, so it's intriguing to see that they could potentially be joined up to make one piece of art.






Thursday, 10 June 2021

STAIRWAY TO NEVER

Below: Abstract Photo Collage Composition, 2018



Below: Abstract Vector Composition June 2021, based on elements in my painting STEALTH ( 2016 )




Below: Abstract Photo Collage Composition, 2018









Saturday, 5 June 2021

EXPERIMENTAL COMPOSITION

HOMAGE TO JAPAN: SKY/PLANET/CLOUDS 

Abstract Vector Composition:

Real-world paint strokes digitized,

recoloured and recomposed.




Monday, 31 May 2021

JUNE ONLINE EXHIBITION: POSTCARD COMPOSITIONS FEATURED AT DAPHNE FRANCIS GALLERY

 To be featured throughout the month of June 2021. 

https://www.daphnefrancisgallery.co.uk/


Above: Pen & ink postcard art ( closeup, edit )



Above: Pen & ink postcard art ( closeup, edit )


Friday, 14 May 2021

DAOU INDEX

FOUND ON MY HARD DRIVE: One of my all-time favourite music artists is Vanessa Daou, a highly influential and still-potent pioneer of jazz-inflected dance electronica. I've been corresponding with Vanessa ever since her debut masterpiece ZIPLESS in the mid-90s, and I even did an article about her in my magazine, MONOBLOG.

A while back I sent her this rough idea after seeing this beautifully abstract selfie on her Facebook page. I thought it had great potential as a vinyl album cover and wanted to draw her attention to it.

Credit/Source: Vanessa Daou



A quick, snappy placeholder title, ( her name is just too good a source for plays on words ), and then a run through some typefaces and five minutes later you have the finished (as-yet non-existent) shrink-wrapped product. 

I love it, and only now have I noticed that the typeface has a 'legacy-automotive' theme that's appropriate for the photo. Hot!

Friday, 26 March 2021

DISTANCED MEMORIES - LOCKDOWN 2020 DIARY IN iPHONE THUMBNAILS / PT. 2


19 - 25 APRIL 2020


Books read: Writing With Hitchcock by Steven DeRosa & The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Notable events: First bike rides of lockdown; Blue bells explode across the countryside; elsewhere, my favourite plant, the ceanothus, also appears as a huge bush outside local church.





25 APRIL - 02 MAY 2020


Notable events: Blue colours begin to get replaced by the colours of summer; Caterpillar; Crops growing; Lots of bike rides in deserted countryside. 




Saved to iPhone ( below ) Additional Thumbnails: Friend's cat relaxing in the sun; Scene outside sister's apartment, Madrid, mid-May - kids let out of apartments for the first time. Dad stands by while kid climbs nearest tree.



Wednesday, 17 March 2021

TALES FROM THE 'CRIPTO' - MY FIRST NON-FUNGIBLE TOKEN ART

A few weeks ago, the Spanish-speaking world's premiere cryptocurrency commentator, speculator and all-round professor Juan en Cripto, asked me to create some artwork for an NFT (Non-Fungible Token ) to celebrate his achieving a milestone following of ten thousand Youtube subscribers.



After some experiments, Juan elected to go for a 'baseball-card' design for the limited edition run of ten pieces. Using blockchain technology, he will give a copy to the most loyal of his grass-roots followers, and they will each retain certified ownership of this artwork. Other reproductions could be made, but the certification that theirs is the legit artefact and not an unauthorised copy means that it may ultimately have a value like a piece of traditional, real-world art.

Of course, you can imagine that this technology will soon be applied to all digital art, and those who have legitimate proof of ownership of an original will be able to benefit from an increase in its value, and the artist will also be guaranteed a cut from any future sales.

As an arch capitalist who loves money, I can only give my wholehearted approval of this innovative and disruptive technology.



Qué es un NFT en Watafan (RSK) + SORPRESA ¿NFT GRATIS? 🎁 (2021)


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

DISTANCED MEMORIES - LOCKDOWN 2020 DIARY IN iPHONE THUMBNAILS / PT. 1

APRIL 2020



Notable events: Continuous blue skies; first meal in back garden; first appearance of blue and purple spring flowers.

Book read: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre.

Additional: I spent the end of March and into April 2020 getting as much sunshine as I could, even though it was cold outside. I was very conscious of the fact that my mood would be regulated by natural light ( while adhering to the rules, obviously ). Usually this meant sitting and reading.

Luckily, in the UK we were gifted with blue skies and very favourable weather almost as soon as lockdown was announced. 

When I see these thumbnails in my iPhone, I don't even need to open the actual photographs, they represent vivid impressions of the time, and of the changing seasons during lockdown. 


...To be continued.


Monday, 15 March 2021

NEW HIEROGLYPHS - EXPERIMENTAL WORK

Digital composition features a mix of geometric vector shapes overlaid with natural real-world paintbrush strokes, vectorised.


New Hieroglyphs, Vector drawing.




Saturday, 6 March 2021

GRID EXPERIMENT

Vector Art experiment. I'm not usually a fan of random painterly gestures but I do love the hard collision of amorphous shapes next to a simple grid form, as if a hole was ripped in the surface of the screen.