Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Open Studio. New work

As well as quite a lot of new 2D printing work I shall be displaying and selling some of my new ceramic sculptures at our Open studio this coming weekend (see below). These are a series of porcelain suited figures... all in various degrees of destruction or distress. I have found ways of creating interesting smoke fired colouration effects on the surfaces of these clay figures. These pieces are made to hang on the wall.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Coming on the weekend of 5th and 6th of April you have an opportunity to visit our house in South London to see my work in the flesh, and meet me and family who are showing their work too. There are lots of other local artists also taking part that weekend. Check the internet for a map http://www.telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/742351710796.htm

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sunday, May 05, 2013

WEIRD films in our window

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Lighthouses Film Festival event

In case you didn't get to see our Lighthouses show-reel last week I'm posting some of my short films here. This is the first time this idea has been part of New Cross and Deptford's ongoing , ever-expanding free film festival. The event involves people showing films of any sort projected onto screens in their front windows. Our show-reel was a repeating loop with seven short experimental films lasting around 13 minutes in total. Large crowds wandered the streets on Thursday 2nd May 2013 and the event was well received by all. Next year I'm sure there will be even more houses participating so watch out.



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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Recent new prints

Prompted by the prospect of exhibiting work in the group show mentioned in the post below, I have been making fresh prints. I am posting images of these over the next few days. This print is topical in that it deals with something recently in the news. I read about and became intrigued to learn of the phenomenon of strange effects that non-human based parasites can induce when ingested by humans. In this case the ingested entity is toxoplasma gondii and the fact that it seems to influence the behaviour of its human hosts in subtle and peculiar ways,,,and interestingly affects males and females in different ways. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Group show


Please come and see some of my new print work in this group show,,,now on.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The return of Bosci......

Some of you may remember, and some even got to see, my installation artwork earlier this year called Animal Within. The piece was made for display for three months in the old ruined Anglican Chapel in Nunhead Cemetery in South London ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunhead_Cemetery)
also (http://nanila.dreamwidth.org/821685.html). also (http://unextinctionmachine.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/animal-within/)

Theres a chance to come and meet Bosci, the character who caused all the fuss, this coming weekend Sept. 7th to 9th 2012 in Nunhead but this time not in the Chapel. As part of Nunhead Open 9 exhibition in the Old Community Centre, slightly hidden away just after the shops, opposite the big willow tree, at 56 Nunhead Lane just before the corner of Nunhead Lane and Linden Grove. SE15 3TU

This weekend only, inc. Friday...Sept. 7th to 9th 12noon to 5pm daily...all welcome to the PV friday 6 to 8 pm.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Transforming Animal Video

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Theres a soundtrack to go along with this and the other experimental films here. Best listened to with headphones and thanks to Swin Deorin whose sounds I have used from his downloads at "Internet Archive".

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Thanks for coming......

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The Telegraph Hill Festival Open studio weekend was about a month ago now and I met some people who know my work via the blog here. At times it was quite manically busy. Thanks to all those who came and especially to those who left nice comments or bought some work. Here's a new item, a little video..rather crude and poor quality here on the blog but you can tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Open Studio coming soon.



I live in South London in a super area called Telegraph Hill. Every year there is a local Festival http://www.telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/welcome.htm
for two or so weeks this year culminating in the artists' Open Studios. I have taken part in this ever since we moved to the area and enjoy the opportunity to open up the house for visitors to come and see my work and working space close up. This year the Open Studios are on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, 2-6pm and there is a link to the map on the page mentioned above; or just click on the second here.
come and visit...I look forward to meeting you I'll be selling my prints, paintings and ceramic sculptures. This clay figure here is an example of some of my work and this one here has interchangeable heads.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saggar firing of suited figures

I have been asked about the glazing finish on the clay suited figures I have been posting images of. There is in fact no glaze involved but what I love using is a saggar. A saggar is a heavy clay tomb like box that can be used to create a kiln within a kiln. Originally saggars were used to cleanly fire precious clayware in coal-fired kilns where the heated atmosphere would have been full of nasty contaminants. Each glazed bisqued piece was carefully sealed inside its own saggar and these were stacked inside the kiln keeping their micro-environment hot but clean. I use the saggar in exactly he opposite way by sealing in contaminants with the piece being fired. I have experimented with packaging the figures with all sorts of things such as wood, bones, metal, coal, shells in fact anything is worth trying.



The saggar is loaded up and sealed tight with clay and fired.


Then opened to reveal interesting colouration and effects.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Nunhead Chapel Artwork Removed!


My installation in Nunhead Chapel has been removed without any consultation or discussion at all. On Thursday just gone the creature, his bedding and food and I travelled by car to the beautiful old ruined Anglican Chapel and the artwork was installed ready for 3 months out in the elements. The animal figure which I have nicknamed Bosci is the central element of an installation piece called Animal Within. It's the second in a series of artworks in public places curated by Jolanata Jagiello under the title Angel Looks On.
I'm really hoping the decision will be reversed and the public will get a chance to see this intriguing piece soon, so check back for an update. Leave a comment. Or contact the Head of Cemeteries at Southwark Council here in London UK. It seems the artwork was considered too scary but I have spoken to lots of visitors who loved it and were spreading the word that it was something to see, despite the short time it was there. I think people are being denied the opportunity to engage with a thought provoking piece and if found scary, denied the chance to examine why that should be so. He's not intended to scare but to represent us all. In the meantime I'm posting some images of Bosci in the making to give you some idea of what he is like.



Admittedly the early head structure is a little weird.




Materials like leather and wire will ensure the sculpture lasts the coldest wettest three months of the year. The eyes, lids, lips and teeth allow changes of expression to be made over the period of the display.




The carefully built body, hands and feet can also allow changes of posture and expression. A removable fur mask gains access to the face.



We discuss the imminent move to the cemetery.



The day of travel arrives.



Then its aurevoir....






Monday, October 03, 2011

Head specimen number 1.


These three little etchings are made by creating an initial tonal shape using tusche lithographic ink. As the tusche solution dries on the plate its microscopic emulsion of greasy particles settles into amazingly detailed patterns which can be etched . Then I enhance these marks adding linear structure by etching many short bites.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011