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.

 

The Green Album

And last but not least, green.

Certainly not the best of the series, this doesn’t feel as inspired as the other two. There are some bits I really love though: the kitschy spaceman standing in front of the corn emerging from a lady’s head, the woman on the label holding a fish at arm’s length.

The main thing I remember about this piece is how difficult it was to stick pieces onto the left side of the background – it’s decorative foil rather than flat paper and needed lots and lots of glue.