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

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.

The Blue Album

The easiest way to get your hands on a gold record is to make your own!

A number of years ago I made a series of collages as album covers for gold albums. I’ve done a few illustrations for CD covers over my career but never an LP cover. That’s a shame because there’s so much more space on a 30cm LP cover compared to a little 12cm CD cover.

If you’re reading this and looking for artwork for your album on vinyl, please get in touch. I’ll give you a very good price for helping me cross this off my bucket list!