Summer At Veronica Lake

First in the “Hollywood Goddesses” series.

Although the contrast between the psychedelic background and Veronica Lake is amazing, I seem to recall that this piece gave me a headache when I was putting it together!

I can’t recall exactly how old this, maybe late 1990s. It’s been quite some time since I included a ‘warp’ logo in my work.

Saint Betty

This was the third in my “Hollywood Goddesses” series.

And like all series (hopefully) they improve with each successive installment. “Saint Betty” is definitely my favourite and although I finished the series with this piece, 50-foot women being worshipped by cute things is still a common theme in my work to this day.

I’m particularly fond of the little girls with bulldog heads, all done up in their party dresses. They are a deliberate nod to pop artist Donald Roller Wilson, I highly recommend his work. The titles alone are worth the price of admission.

Planet Janet

From my the ‘Hollywood Goddesses’ series of the late 1990s.

My mother gave me a book of great black-and-white portraits of old movie stars and I decided to see how they would look against very colourful backgrounds.

I can see the beginnings of what became signature elements here: a landscape across the bottom of the collage, patterns made of spheres.

The title is borrowed from a very under-rated song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show: “Planet Schmanet Janet“.

Vacations Of The Future

The cool kids vacation of the future, that is.

The nice clean-cut young people are from a 1950s National Geographic, and judging from the standard of rendering I’d say the “red planet” background dates from about 1995.

Lacking the density and symmetry of my later work, this piece nevertheless has a great sense of surreal fun about it.

Damn Tourists

A fun little piece made from Mexican illustrations I collected when I was a damn tourist.

They’re super cute and make for a fun collage about the importance of maintaining decent levels of personal hygiene even when if live in a place full of volcanoes and rabid dogs and bloodthirsty dinosaurs.

The Cosmic Joke

Is there some great meaning to life, or is it all just a big cosmic joke?

On one level this is a reference to classical paintings of Gods at play or plotting to use humanity as their pawns; having a joke at our expense.

It’s also about the nihilistic view that there is no meaning to life, no point to our existence or guiding hand at work in the Universe. Life is a great big cosmic joke delivered by a tiny cat in a language you don’t understand, with a punchline that makes no sense.

See, I told you it was nihilistic.

All You Need Is Love

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done….”

This one dates back to about 2010, when I first bought my supply of concentric circles. They’ve been showing up in every third or fourth work ever since.

Despite the nice message and the fun I had making this piece, I don’t treasure it as much as I could, possibly because it doesn’t have enough blue and green for my tastes.