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Axis, Bold As Love -detail. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Axis, Bold As Love -detail

Mixed media assemblage; bead-weaving, satin, lizard skin, guitar preamplifier, plectrum, velvet, machine embroidery, birch ply, found objects, chamois leather, metal leaf, guitar strings and acrylic paint.

Frame depicting embossed lyrics to ‘Axis, Bold as Love’, from the album of the same name.

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Fruitpickers – Acrylic on board. 61 x 56cm

January 9th, 2009

Fruitpickers - Acrylic on board.

This work is concerned with infidelity and deceit. It isn’t unusual for married, ostensibly heterosexual men to pick up gay men for casual sex. Readily available instant sexual gratification is what they are after. The incidental benefits are (comparative) anonymity, emotional detachment, and the added frisson of danger.
On many occasions I have seen some of these men walking about town with their wives and children, the wives oblivious (presumably) to their spouses’ activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Party Gear

January 7th, 2009

Party Frocks

Knights Errant – Hysterical Romance series, two of six figures.’Narcissus’ adapted to standing posture. Both 160×60 cm.

Wadded textile, Canford card and wire on a wooden armature.

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CAD designs for ‘My Pink Half of the Drainpipe’- work in progress.

January 7th, 2009

CAD designs for 'My Pink Half of the Drainpipe'- work in progress.

Simple graphic variations on a theme, effectively ‘Photoshop’ collages  created to help me move things around in order to realise composition, colour gamuts and so on. I find ‘Photoshop’  an invaluable tool for collage and composition, especially when working with assemblages containing objects. Moving and layering things in the ‘real world’ can be time consuming and extremely frustrating.

This is still a work in progress, mainly due to financial constraints. It is based on the eponymous song title from the  ‘Bonzo Dog Band’s’  album, ‘The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse’.

The finished assemblage will be my peculiar visualisation of suburban living; sometimes it looks like heaven, at other times, hell.

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Bones 3

January 7th, 2009

Bones 3

CAD manipulated photograph for possible use as a painting.

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Bones 2

January 6th, 2009

Bones 2

CAD manipulated photograph for possible use as a painting.

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Bones

January 6th, 2009

Bones

CAD manipulated photograph for possible use as a painting.

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‘Stratocaster’ graphic for possible painting project.

January 6th, 2009

'Stratocaster' graphic for possible painting project.

One of many guitar photographs manipulated

for possible future use as a painting.

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Dad’s Weird Fantasy – collage for possible fabric print.

January 6th, 2009

Dad's Weird Fantasy - collage for possible fabric print.

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Dirt -Package and vacuum formed blister-pack

January 6th, 2009

Dirt -Package and Vacuum formed blister-packMy parents brought up five healthy children without resort to a battery of chemicals. Our homes were always immaculately clean, and although my mother took pride in keeping a clean, comfortable house, she wasn’t obsessed with germs and microbes. The range of cleaning products available to her then was limited by comparison with now, but they did the job. None of us have ever had ‘food poisoning’, or developed any food allergies or intolerances. Relatively few of the germs we might encounter daily are actually potentially dangerous. In an ‘Open University’ programme which I happened to see whilst working on this project, a bacteriologist, Professor John Stanton, suggested that because modern children don’t come into contact with as much dirt as they used to, their immune systems are not as well developed. Read the rest of this entry »

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