Just finished this commission. “A Tear For The Congo”, Ballpoint pen, markers, paints on board.
The Belgian client saw my recent drawing of Donald Trump (“A Crying Shame”) and wanted to have something similar done of his country’s king from the past – King Leopold 2nd.
The coloring of the tear I painted coming from King Leopold here is the national flag of the Congo. Leopold did some awful things in the Congo whilst trying to colonize it in the 1890s. It is thought that up to TEN million people died in the Congo under him and his regime. My Belgian client thought it proper to have something done of him that remembers these atrocities.
"Coming to you from a better future where people aren't worshiped for strutting down a catwalk". 112x63cm. Hand finished print. Original artwork drawn in ballpoint. #katemoss #celebrity #famous #supermodel #fashionicon #fashion #luxury #ballpointdrawing #biroart #illustation #iconic #noeyes #id #identity #contemporaryart #urbanart
With the great help of Fine Arts London, I was able to exhibit a whole lot of new artwork at the cool & well located offices of property company Montagu Evans.
I exhibited about 23 artworks (mostly originals) along side some amazing large works by acclaimed photographer Derrek Santini.
The private view was on the 29th November. You can view photos from the opening evening here.
As well as art, drinks, and music, we were treated to an interesting talk by Lawerence O’Hana (former gallery owner, Lawrence O’Hana is involved in strategic consulting related to the arts) on the art market and it’s relationship with property (middle image below).
The opening was a great success and we are planning our next one with Montagu Evans soon (which we intend to be bigger, hopefully taking advantage of some of their more interesting properties). There was a great mix of people which is what I always love to have at my shows.
A few years ago I sold out of an edition of 100 prints of my artwork “Audrey”.
I’ve decided to do a special edition of only 10 prints of “Audrey” but with a Gold gradient background and at a slightly larger size.
Special edition of only 10,
80 x 60cm, Giclee print on 250gsm Fine Cotton,
Numbered & signed.
So I’ve been busy over the last couple of months working on this stormtrooper helmet in ballpoint pen and markers. I covered it on Georgian, Baroque, and Rococo styled designs. In line with my Grandly Grimey series.
‘Baroque and Roll’ 2017
Resin cast stormtrooper helmet, ballpoint pen and markers.
320 x 320 x 330 mm
Unique, Signed on interior.
It’s all for the next ART WARS exhibition. There will be 2 shows in fact, firstly in Miami followed by Los Angeles, coinciding with the release of the new Star Wars film.
My helmet will be exhibited alongside a collection of other helmets by some big names such as Goldie, Blek Le Rat, Mr Jago and more. See after show flyer below for full information on the exhibition & artists etc.
This December Art Wars travels to Miami and Los Angeles to unveil artworks by some of today’s most
forward thinking and ground breaking artists who have put their own artistic twist and trade mark style on the most iconic object in science fiction – The Stormtrooper helmet.
To coincide with the highly anticipated Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’, the forthcoming edition of stormtrooper helmets promises to be the most cutting edge so far and welcomes a new breed of modern and popular artist.
Artists include Joana Vssconcelos, Philip Colbert, Ben Eine, Chemical X, Daniel Lismore, Reeps One and Blek Le Rat.
‘Art Wars’ will exhibit at the Red Dot Art Fair 6 -9 December, as part of Miami Art Week and then travel to
Los Angeles where the helmet series will go on show at Sur Le Mur Gallery opening on 14th December to
coincide with the Star Wars film release.
Art curator and founder of Art Below, Ben Moore set up Art Wars to raise funds and awareness for his brother
Tom who went missing in 2003. Opening with a debut show at Saatchi Gallery in 2013, Art Wars has
continued to grow and has traveled to Sweden, Dubai, and Los Angeles attracting support from artists
including Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Chapman Brothers, Yina Shonibare and D*Face.
The initiative has raised over £200,000 for the Missing People Charity and Missing Tom Fund and Tom
Moore’s family are now closer to finding Tom than ever before.
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Popular Instagram art account Taxcollection posted my recently finished artwork “Audrey Swears On Chanel”, quite stoked to see it now has almost 10,000 likes including, Paris Jackson even apparently.
In the comments I noticed a few people thought is was some kind of advertising, or that the idea was to celebrate the Chanel brand somehow – this is not the case. The opposite in fact:
Effectively this series is Brandalism. Some of these drawings on designer gift bags are exploring a type of anti-consumerism or anti-capitalism, others are juxtaposing sub cultural references within the luxury lifestyle frame of reference almost as a middle finger to high street branding & advertising of fake lifestyle clichés.
Last week was the opening of ING Discerning Eye group exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London. The impressive gallery space in between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace hosted a massive group exhibition. The show was organized by 5 separate curators who selected their own artists and artworks to exhibit. I was selected by street artist Elmo Hood, my artwork shown was “Psycho On Chanel”, one of my On Lux Bag series pieces. The opening was PACKED (see below).
Recently had 2 large light boxes made up. From the limited edition of 15, 5 have sold but previous sizes were at the medium size. This is the first at the larger size of 120x95cm that I’ve had done and it was amazing to see. They are very well built and so luminous. Can’t wait to get one for my own wall. More info on buying on how to order one here.
Been working on this piece on and off for the last 2 or 3 months!
This work represents my efforts to coherently combine all my different series of artworks into ONE.
As with my Desktop Series artworks, it all started with playful bits and pieces. Doodles, marks, and colourful additions. Drawing (excuse the pun) from various influences and references.
Organically it began to evolve and I did my best to keep the playful styles to the borders. I then created the inner frame (leveraging the Georgian decorative style, which is from the period I used to create my Grandly Grimey series) to reserve an area in the middle for a central subject. I wanted the subject to have a timeless kind of feeling such as the content in my Classic Style drawings. The specific drawing was to be of a womans back (which features a lot in my Just Figures drawings). I was lucky enough to have a model on hand called Natasa Romanosvka, who allowed me to take a photo of her and draw from.
At the top is a hint of sky with drippy clouds that feature in all my Sky Series works.
The book being read by Natasa is The Tibetan Book of The Dead, the new chapter open is “The Great Liberation”. Buddhism has always been an influence on my life and art.
The idea for the title of this artwork “Any Moment Is A New Chapter” comes from a prayer that in full says: “In every moment is the possibility to find that last missing piece of the puzzle”. It’s referring to the notion that enlightenment can be reached at any moment.
“Any Moment Is A New Chapter”,
Mixed media on card, 56x52cm (unframed size), Sold.