Thursday, 13 August 2009

Hello! Busy times...... I'm having a great summer so far. A bit of everything, and finding inspiration from all kinds of sources. Living where I do is really coming into its own, with the beach on my doorstep providing endless opportunities for pleasure - games of petanque, barbecues, and some gorgeous swims. I interrupted my cooking the other evening to have a little dip, and it turned out to be one of the nicest swims I've had - I had the sea to myself, it was beautifully calm, very warm, and as I swam out I could see a deep red sunset over the town, which was reflected in the (nearly full) moon that was rising, huge and pink, over the pier in the other direction. To cap it all off, as I made my way back up the beach afterwards, there was a group of people doing Tango dancing on the newly renovated bandstand. The bandstand itself is a triumph - a fantastic new landmark after aeons covered up by boards, and with brass bands playing every Sunday. Excellent.

If I'm in a slightly 'floral' mood it's because I'm on quite a high having just returned from my friends' wedding in Norfolk - one of the most amazing weekends I've ever had and everything a wedding should be. I'm in the midst of doing some personal work inspired by the weekend and I'll post the results on here soon - don't worry, nothing soppy - just based on an aspect that's stuck in my mind.....! I'm also working on another personal/promo piece on a certain topical issue that's been lots of fun - it'll see the light of day shortly and hopefully I'll be able to licence it for some use or other in the coming months......

Anyway, some new work for your perusal - a few pieces I did for a new one-shot magazine out this month called Cycling Active, and the cover for the outstanding new album by Slackbaba on Liquid Records - out this Autumn, as well as some artwork for my dub outfit Kokerboom. I hope ya dig 'em! I'm currently working on some new stuff (diagrams essentially) for my favourite regular client, Elaine Colomberg. If ever you fancy some excellent Thai Massage in the Brighton area, do check her out.


Tune-wise I can heartily recommend the new Trick Music compilation 'Abra Macabre' (see what they did there?) and the Third Ear Audio album on Dubmission, and am also enjoying excellent stuff from Nyboma, Balkan Beat Box, Gregory Isaacs, Sepultura, Manasseh, etc.... I also seem to be developing a taste for minimal techno and am very excited by the prospect of new albums from Earthling, Clutch and Muse. Hurrah!


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Springtime in Brighton, ahhh, lovely. The blossom's out, the air is fresh and everybody's feeling fine. It also means the May festival is only round the corner, offering much excitement. I'm exhibiting once again at the rather splendid 5 star Claremont on Second Avenue in Hove, as part of the Open Houses festival. So, drop by any weekend in May (except the last one) and have a look round - a fine collection of over 200 pieces of excellent contemporary art n wotnot, with a lovely garden to enjoy a Pimm's in to boot. Smashing. I'll be showing some new limited edition prints - three commissioned pieces and three brand new personal pieces, which I've really enjoyed doing. There's a sneak preview above.....

In other news, I'm now represented by the very excellent Rarekind Agency, which is exciting. Formally of Brighton Town, they're now based in East London and have a cracking gallery and shop at 49 Bethnal Green Road - check it out!

Currently working on illustrations for a CD cover, a club flyer and a private commission for a painting, which will make a nice change, and listening to large doses of Oliver Mtukudzi and the Gladiators.




Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Oh yeah, I've got a blog innit! Better get a bit more on it with this really....... all this new-fangled cyber jiggery pokery n stuff...... hmmmm, tis a lot to deal with.

So, what's happened? I moved home (and studio) in September - I'm now right by the sea in sunny Brighton (ten years this month, surely calls for a party), on possibly the windiest street in the world, but I get to see the sea every day without fail and few things give me more pleasure at the moment. I can also see the West Pier (the burnt one) from my window and the starlings are going mental at dusk over it at the moment - cracking stuff. Workwise I've just done some nice varied commissions for Mountain Bike Rider, Ransom Publishing and The London Magazine, and have some exciting projects on the go or coming up pretty soon. Starting to think too about exhibitions and stuff to show for the May festival. Unfortunately I also have a poorly computer which likes to frustrate me at crucial moments, the bastard.

As always, being fully enlivened and inspired by a constant flow of exciting music, but I've had an unusually large amount of proper ace stuff come my way of late. Currently loving albums by Perfect Stranger, Antix, Naked Tourist, Multistate, Mungo's Hifi, Abassi Allstars, Martha Tilston, Crowbar, Eric Bibb, Kings Of Leon, Error Corrective and as ever the mighty mighty Soul Brothers. Check some of this stuff out if you don't know it - awesome tunes.