I recently exhibited my work in the group show “Rubix” at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham, London.
We had over 200 people turn up to our private view, and I really enjoyed talking to lots of different people and getting to meet other local artists. Two of my pieces sold on the night, which was really exciting! Thank you to all our sponsors – FourPure Brewing Co, Orbit Beers, Southwark Brewing Co, Liberty Wines, A & E Elkins Ltd and John Purcell Paper – we couldn’t have done it without you.
(Photos above taken by my friend and fellow illustrator Mitko Karakolev)
I started The Library of Babel collage about four years ago, using the British Library’s collection of public domain images (spanning over three centuries of illustration) to create the piece.
The collage is made up of 63 hexagons, each containing spliced and remixed historical images which are essentially nonsense (but like all nonsense contain a few potential grains of truth).
I made a series of paintings based on individual parts of the collage, using pencil, ink, gouache, watercolour and monoprint techniques.
One of the paintings is titled “Flying Squirrel Arrives at the Last Moment” and I had a lot of people ask me about the significance of the flying squirrel. It’s really up to interpretation. The way I choose the material is by running through the British Library public domain collection until something grabs me, and I never really understand exactly why it grabs me. Then I file it away until I have a use for it in the collage.