In The Morning Of The Magicians

Another of what I have come to think of as my “obituary pieces” – those that I would be happy to appear next to my death notice.

Of course I don’t plan to die anytime soon but it’s comforting to know I have a body of great work to leave behind.

This piece owes its impact to Gustave Dore‘s fantastic sea creature. The look on its face seems to say “who are these tiny people and what are they doing in my city?”, in delicious contrast to the people who seem so blase about the seething mass of monsters lurching towards them.

Bow Down Before The One You Serve

“… you’re going to get what you deserve”

My work has recently been called Dark Cuteness and this is a prime example of that.

Despite the pretty colours and cute animals, this is actually a criticism of organised religion and the cult of personality that it often encourages. I’m thinking of Brian Tamaki and also a certain absurd clown who is now the not-quite-Leader of the not-quite-free World.

American Cheeses

Psychedelic pop art, Wisconsin style!

This is a very old piece, maybe late 1990s. I used to have not so much a studio as half of a dining table and would spend my evenings and weekend afternoons working away at lots of new collages. I kind of miss those days of carefree productivity, I make a lot less art now that I have all these adult responsibilities. On the other hand I also get to have a whole room for my studio and I wouldn’t change a thing about those responsibilities 🙂

Nihon Adobenchapato 2

Or “Japanese Adventure 2”

The main star of this piece is a superhero made of bread, Anpanman. My friend Rob took me to a secondhand book store in Tokyo and I scored a great book about the adventures of Anpanman and his tasty friends.

The tiny rectangles radiating between each section of this collage are subway stations from the several overlapping Tokyo rail networks.

 

Nihon Adobenchapato 1

Or “Japanese Adventure 1”

I created this almost entirely with images I brought back from my trip to Japan in 2015.

Lots of creatures from Pokemon books, a Tokyo subway map, a 50-yen coin, some traditional Japanese art from postcards I bought at the amazing Tokyu Hands – a multi-storey craft / stationery / homewares store. That’s the hand from their logo around the pink orbs in this collage.

Japan was a blast, I can’t wait to go there again!

First We Take Manhattan

… then we take Berlin!

This is quite a recent piece, from 2015. I’d had General Custer for a while and had been looking for the right place to put him. The mosasaur (or something similar, I don’t know, I cant keep up with all the dinosaurs they have these days, I’m sure there were less when I was a kid) was a perfect match and had the right kind of sneering triumph. Plus it looks like Donald Trump’s mother.

The juxtaposition between these two makes Custer look like anything but a hero. I’ve deliberately made it unclear whether he intends to defeat the men in spacesuits, or lead them to victory.

Tough Guys Finish Last

A case of wishful thinking to some degree, since tough guys often finish first.

Being a sensitive artist type, the world of macho maleness is somewhat alien to me. Rugbyheads and muscle men puzzle me.

Ok, I’m exaggerating slightly but that’s the stance I took when I created this piece. I think I did a good job of assembling images to support the theme – I’m particularly proud of Winston Churchill with an albino python wrapped around one thigh and a giant cock in his hand. Hey, I never said it was subtle, did I?

This piece sold pretty quickly so I guess at least one person got what I was driving at.

Conspiracy Theory

Do you feel like a puppet, manipulated by unseen hands?

It’s the Illuminati to blame, you know. Have you ever woken up with a sore bum? Alien abductions.

While I don’t doubt there are things that go on ‘behind the scenes’, I find many of the most popular conspiracy theories literally incredible.

I’ve tried to cast the net pretty wide here, with Big Pharma, aliens, Mayan mysteries, the Illuminati, lost Nazis, faked moon landings, and shape-changing lizard people all making an appearance.