Rubix Exhibition

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.

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Water Woman

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.

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I thought I’d share the pencil stage and the original rough drawing, because so many artists post their finished work online as if it just fell out of the pen and onto the page “here is a little drawing I made in 5 minutes”. Sometimes it does happen that easily. But most drawings start ugly. That’s what makes it feel like hard work sometimes, and why a lot of people think they can’t draw.

Pencil stage :

Original rough drawing :

The Giant Mushroom Pt 2

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I’m experimenting more…with monoprint.

I’m building a collection of prints playing with the concepts in this story I’m working on, and the slow, laborious process of printmaking – rolling out ink, cutting stencils, inventing new tools to draw with, etching marks into the ink – allows time to let the mind wander into new ideas.

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(I’m really obsessed with the different textures that can be achieved with monoprint, they have a quality that is difficult to replicate in any other media.)

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Love letter to Rotterdam

 

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The worlds first crowdfunded infrastructure project, Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam. (Photo taken with my harinezumi camera. Animated watercolour creatures artists own.)

For my 29th* birthday, we went to International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

I first went to IFFR a few years ago, while Dan was living in Amsterdam, and the films we saw left a huge impression on me (particularly unforgettable was Liu Jiayin’s Oxhide II which is one of my favourite films ever). There is something I love about the city of Rotterdam too, it has so much modern architecture, but it also has a great feeling of space and its public artworks and sculptures have a bold and cheeky edge. Because the festival takes place in so many venues across the city, it’s a great way to explore Rotterdam and its galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés.

( I took lots of pictures on my harinezumi camera while I was there: click here. )

(* I actually turned 30… *weeps* )