When I started to paint, I sometimes used my mum’s old watercolour box, it is a medium that I associate with her very much. Since then, I have developed my skills with watercolours and this is one of my first attempt at a portrait using them.
This is a celebration of the power of the simple things that surround us.
The incredible pressure to perform, achieve, comply turns us into machines which energy feeds a black hole. We spend our time, irrelevant and alienated when we could be moved by the virtue of what is deemed common.
The naive attitude which is required in order to start appreciating the beauty of the “trivial” shows itself with the use of soft watercolours and the choice of simple features.
Watercolours on paper ©2015
ooh.. and mindfulness is just so NOW!
I relish on watching the horizontal lines found at the seaside and in the countryside. I read somewhere that looking at a distant horizon soothes the mind: it provides a needed interlude of simplicity which is in total opposition with the messy geometry of city surroundings. These lines!
I created new horizons using multiple exposures. I find these brand new original and delicate landscapes strangely calming.
This is me in England, a country I call home. I have mostly lived in post industrial places and have frequently walked hours of streets displaying identical houses, each slightly personalised with touches ranging from pictures of the duchess of Cambridge to objects of a questionable taste.
The koala bear is my version of Katharine Hepburn’s monkey (at the start of her career, she used to walk around the streets of Hollywood with a monkey to get noticed). The koala seems like an anomaly here, and so am I.
This is an A1 poster drawn with ink and technical pens.
It was created for a cultural event that Dr Gestsson and I took part in. The phrase “Elite Art For The Masses” is courtesy of Dr Gestsson. It was inspired by the rejection of a previous project deemed “too elitist”.
As you can see, it is a cartoon style parody of a propaganda poster. All the characters looking in the same direction, but instead of expressions of awe, each individual has its own reaction to this “elite art”. It allowed me to work on those cartoon character expressions.
This project was also an opportunity for me to represent what my concept of art is: a piece of work which generates a strong emotion in the viewer. The nature of the emotion falls totally out of the hands of the artist.
The characters in more details
Trapped in a box of glass during a tempest of ashes, the flamingo strides on.
Made from the ashes and carefully cut flamingo of a card of last words given by a true teacher…
…and sometimes that teacher will teach you pain and then you can look into yourself and find how to grow from the pain…
Thank you teacher!
Thank you teachers!
The Girl Can’t Help it, Little Richards, John Waters, Divine, Pink Flamingo… A real sensation!
When Billy Corgan announced in March 2014 that he was going to perform an eight/nine hour ambient jam inspired by Herman’s Hesse’s Siddharta at his tea shop Madame Zuzu in Chicago, there was not a doubt me and a few of the chosen few would be watching (at least some of it…I mean come on’!)
History was being made, and here is my humble hommage to this intense experience with music by The Pale Faces
Live/Re-live the moment – for the mavericks only!
My psychedelic/weird cartoon featuring our old time favourites: Paul Robinson, the singer with a voice of immense power and his pushy manager.
A classic comedy duet! A haunting melody! And more!
For you pleasure…
In the middle of the quiet forest… lays the car cemetary