Tiananmen Duck

A complete sidestepping of any political comment on Tiananmen Square.

I chuckle whenever I look at this piece – the idea of Jesus feeding a roast turkey to little ducklings appeals to my perverse sense of humour.

I really love to add sinister little touches to what appears at first to be a sweet and innocent scene.

Original collage on paper for sale. Order a print via http://www.warpart.co.nz/?page_id=291

Mayan Eye

Even looking at this piece 10- years after I made it, I can still recall how difficult it was cutting out those little Mayan figures.

Luckily National Geographic used good paper stock even in the 1980s.

Unfortunately this is the piece that showed me with great clarity that diluted paint makes for a good effect when it runs down canvas but it doesn’t make for a long-lasting painted finish. After hanging in a shop – sometimes in direct sunlight – for a couple of months the paint was horribly faded and the paper had suffered too.

Needless to say I adjusted my paint / water mix after this!

Order a print via http://www.warpart.co.nz/?page_id=291

It Came From Cuter Space

Not as cute as I’d intended, but I don’t mind a little weirdness.

This was one of three I exhibited at La Luz De Jesus in Los Angeles a few years ago.

What started out as cute ended up as a strange creature that looks more sausage than cat and has a creepy blank three-eyed stare.

Sealed paper collage on cardboard beer coaster, 103x103mm, NZ$50

Catfish Diagram

Created for a beer coaster-themed show at the legendary La Luz De Jesus gallery in Los Angeles.

Working with such a small background forced me to carefully choose each element for maximum impact, an exercise I really enjoy. I’m usually more than happy to throw the kitchen sink into each collage but I had to be succinct and make each piece count. The result is more focused but no less ambiguous. If you can make sense of this catfish diagram, you’re doing better than I am!

Sealed paper collage on cardboard beer coaster, 103x103mm, NZ$50

Reach Out To The Stars

“… and flow throughout the universe..”

Reach Out To The Stars, 2005

This piece has a huge personal meaning for me on a number of levels. It’s one of my best works, it features space (outer space and also literal space within the collage itself), it includes a beautiful woman, cute aliens and kittens, and it represents a triumph under pressure: I assembled the piece live on camera for the TVNZ arts show ‘The Gravy’. You can view the clip on Youtube.

The title comes from one of my best songs, written way back in about 2005 and featured on a couple of my albums in various forms. I recently created a homemade video for a live version of the song, you can view that here.

“Reach Out To The Stars” measures 255 x 505 x 30mm and is available to purchase for NZD$700 from Colours Collective.

Terraphyte

The power of the flower!

Originally conceived as an EP cover for my friend Jordan aka Bloop, who has a great love for orchids.

It looks as if I might have chosen the images before I painted the canvas, something I very rarely do. But the blue, green, and purple paint are so well-matched to specific images that it can’t be a coincidence.

I’m always keen to work on commissions, get in touch if you’re interested. My prices are very reasonable.

The Virus Remains Active

My tribute to the great American writer William S Burroughs, primarily known for “Naked Lunch”.

He was a great influence on my art, introducing me to the concept of cut-ups: words and phrases cut up and rearranged in such a way as to draw out a new kind of sense from apparent nonsense.

I’ve employed the technique in many of my collages, often trying to be as ambiguous as possible when it comes to interpretation of my work. People may think I’m lazy making art that’s not specifically about anything but I genuinely enjoy a combination of weirdness for the sake of it, satire, and the Joy of Juxtaposition.

This collage is filled with references that only other Burroughs fans will get, but I hope everyone will enjoy it.