Buck Rogers

A vague tribute to a great TV show from my childhood.

I enjoy the limited colour palette of this one, which dates back to the mid-1990s when I was still signing my work with a pasted “warp” and working only on paper, not canvas.

I believe I chose the model for her resemblance to a young Drew Barrymore. I needed something simple and bold to fill the bottom of the page and the Buck Rogers figures were a perfect fit with the colour palette and also had the effect of making “Drew” look like a goddess, which suited me as well.

Z Is For Zoolophone

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Sunday.

I feel that this piece was a great way to end the series. It’s got cute animals, weird-headed kids, small people to make the other elements seem giant, all my favourite motifs.

The Robot Age

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Saturday.

Despite having well over a hundred books in my collection of collage material it’s rare to find a two-page spread in good condition that I can use as the background for a collage, so I knew I had to make this one count. The result is without a doubt one of my top 10 best collages.

The Last Of The Jellyheads

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Friday.

This could perhaps be described as “the one where I got carried away with making weird combinations of heads and bodies”.

It’s a crazy psychedelic mess and I love it!

Lunar Orbiters

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Thursday.

This one is inspired by John Birmingham’s marvellous tales of student / wastrel life in 1990s Australia, “He Died With A Felafel In His Hand” and “The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco”, with what I hope is a suitable cast of weirdos.

Valley Of Kings

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Wednesday.

This one is about becoming a Dad, feeling like a King with a new heir, exploring the alien world that is parenthood.

Journeys Through Time

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Tuesday.

My favourite part of this piece is the ‘hand of god’ (actually a famous Union Carbide ad) pouring stones to make a dinosaur. The two images come from different sources but they’re possibly the most perfectly-matched images I’ve ever combined.

 

Everyday Life In Ancient Times

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Monday.

The week starts with ancient gods both Mayan and Polynesian enjoying breakfast together, with entertainment by a pop-up Illuminati agent and his robot monkey orchestra.

 

Robospacejesus

“Jesus came from outta space and traveled from beyond the stars, He came down for peace on Earth and left in a second-hand car” – Supergrass

This one has taken me a while to complete, but I’m really pleased with how it came out. I don’t subscribe to the theory that Jesus was a spaceman, but it’s fun to play with nevertheless.

The title comes from one of my best tracks when I was recording under the name Sharkweek. I have a few versions of the song on my Bandcamp site, in my opinion the best one is this live version recorded at a winter solstice party in 2011:

“Robospacejesus” from ‘Swimming With Live Sharks’ by Sharkweek