Bit of a message in this artwork.
I used ballpoint pen and markers to draw this glitchy portrait of a tribal Amazonian shaman on a used Gucci bag. The glitch effect represents how the vulnerable native tribes around the world are fading away at this very moment. The factors threatening these precious cultures are mostly driven by Capitalism which in primarily driven by our own consumer culture.
Are we brave enough to choose between our desire for nice things and keeping these cultures and wider environment safe.
“Fading Tribalism On Gucci 1″
Ballpoint pen & markers on used Gucci bag,
70x50cm (including frame)
Recently I was impressed at how well ballpoint in came out after drawing on a shopping bag so I decided to take the next step and go multimedia on luxury shopping bag. Check out the video showing the making of it at the end of this post.
As above you can see I’ve used ballpoint pen but also markers and spray paint creating a glitchy artwork of Bonnie Parker (from Bonnie & Clyde). She was a confident young pretty lady with spare cash but probably wouldn’t be the type for La Perla, which is a little ironic I suppose hence the glitchy effect.
Some interesting things about Bonnie you may not know:
She was only 24 when she died
She loved poetry & literature
When she worked in a cafe she donated food to the homeless after her shifts.
Her first crime was helping break her lover out from jail.
She died in a a hail of machine gun fire in a police ambush after a high speed car chase.
“Bonnie On LA PERLA”,
Ballpoint pen, markers, & spray paint on La Perla bag,
When I began the artwork there was hope for the water protectors in North Dakota, but recently President Trump and the Army Corps have chosen to ignore the law and allow construction to be completed on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline did not receive a full environmental review and it will be built without legitimate consultation of the Native American tribes whose water is in danger.
I purposely drew Red Cloud in the way his image appears glitched (click image to see larger). The glitching represents the erosion of his people’s rights he fought and died for long ago, but also the erosion of our environment as a whole by short sighted capitalists.
You can help the protestors at Standing Rock now, read up here for more information.
I created this artwork for an exhibition in collaboration with Climate Revolution, GCU & The Body Shop. (Proceeds donated to Fuel, Poverty, Action).
The show is called ‘Switch’ & opened on the 20th February, during London Fashion Week, part of Vivienne Westwood’s event at Fabric (down the road from the show) raising awareness for Green energy.
A poster of the artwork also went up in Grand Union Station in Los Angeles around the same time as part of Art Below’s first venture out there. More info here.
This drawing is a bit of a return to my Vintage Vogue series.
I worked from a photo taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe in Tunisia, 1950.
“Fresh In Gres”,
Ballpoint pen, marker, & spray paints on card
Couple of my artworks going to Los Angeles for a public instillation event type exhibition as well as into a gallery nearby in West Hollywood, organised by ArtBelow.org.
Some other artists include D*Face, Ben Eine, Hayden Kayes, and Nettie Wakefield.
For more info check out the on Art Below here.
Nine years ago this week was my first public exhibition with a gallery, and the first ever photorealitic ballpoint art exhibition in history!
To be clear, I use the word photorealistic here. People had exhibited artworks done in ballpoint before my solo show in 2008 (Lennie Mace springs to mind) but I’m sure my photo/hyper realistic drawings in ballpoint were the first of their kind to ever be exhibited.
Now of course there are many photo realistic artists exhibiting worldwide and that’s great. A great site to keep up to date with how the movement is currently doing it’s thing is The Ballpointer.com
If you want to order one of the last few use this page here.
Been having fun on a Microsoft SP4 tablet creating an intricate digital drawing (from a Francois Boucher painting) which I then put through a JRM video art filter. Check it out below.
The eagle here is tearing up a Nazi flag. It’s from an anti Nazi propaganda poster from WW2.
A little more political than my usual ballpoint drawings but seems appropriate with the recent rise of the so called “Alt Right” in Europe & the U.S.
Did you know that Hugo Boss saw a business opportunity in the 1930’s and joined the Nazi Party & SS? He made loads of money supplying Nazis with clothing and uniforms etc. Now it’s hard to calculate how many innocent people died at the hands of Nazis wearing Hugo Boss.
Makes me wonder if those people pursuing business opportunities today, on the back of this creeping resurgence of Fascism will regret their small mindedness later, or whether we’ll have to pay for it and clean it up for them.
On a lighter note, I was surprised how well ballpoint ink applied itself to the surface of the shopping bag (see photos below). might try something similar again soon…
“Anti Fascist Doodle On Hugo Boss”,
Ballpoint pens on lux shopping bag,
60x50x15cm, 2017. SOLD