Eye & Eye

A lurid postcard from the psychedelic past.

At the time of its creation, this was the largest collage I had ever made.

The elements mostly come from a great book of valuable plastic kitsch I bought many years ago, there’s not much left of it now.

I had this on my wall for a few years but I took it down and replaced it with a black and white piece, because, frankly, it was too damn yellow!

The Artist’s Perspective

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Seen from an artist’s perspective, things can look very different indeed.

Take the artist in this collage, for instance. We see a city populated with weird and wonderful creatures, but what does he paint? The ass end of a baboon!

Don’t be reading too much into this, I’m not exactly sure what I meant….

 

0800-Nostalgia

The idealized Kiwiana experience I hold inside my head, refined down to it’s purest form.

This collage collects – overdoses on, really – images from my childhood growing up in New Zealand in the 1970s.

It always makes me smile when I see it, since I’m often prone to nostalgia of the rose-tinted kind.

Spaceboy

Space is the place, for unlimited adventure!

Created in 2006, the same year as my son was born. At the time I was clearly thinking about boys and space and sharing my love of space stuff with my boy!

For this piece I drew heavily from a book of old sci-fi posters and book covers. Most of them were published before I was born, further reinforcing the theme of multi-generational love of space and the possibilities it holds.

This piece sold a couple of months before my son was born. It was at a large exhibition / art sale which I didn’t attend in person, so I never got to meet the buyer. I like to think that he / she shared my love of space and perhaps also had a son or daughter to pass that on to.

 

Gimme Gimme Shark Treatment

The inside cover illustration for my 2010 remix album of the same name.

I’m particularly proud of a couple of the creatures I made in this piece – the tattooed man with the machine hat (representing me perhaps, though I’m not that comprehensively tattooed), and the hand with tentacles on the shoreline.

This fits the theme quite well since “giving it the shark treatment” was my term for the remixing of my friends songs. I definitely take a collage-like approach to making music and that was very apparent to me when I was remixing other people’s songs rather than starting from scratch – the elements of their songs became like the images I cut out to build my collages with.

The album can be downloaded from Bandcamp for free: https://sharkweeknz.bandcamp.com/album/gimme-gimme-shark-treatment