Monday, 15 December 2008

Where's the Money Hid?

I've just finished this new personal piece - inspired in no small part by a recent viewing of The Night of the Hunter, which was projected in the Movie House in Belfast a couple of weeks back. A great film, with a slightly unsettling pair of children and an extremely unsettling travelling preacher. I should point out that I was introduced to this great film by my very lovely Fiancee. It's her favourite!

Abe and Flo

Two new portrait pieces - not for anything in particular...

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

The New Website and Blog!

To accompany the all new, singing and dancing, I've decided to launch this handy blog, for all the bite sized updates that were sorely missing from the previous website. I'll be using this page to post my latest work as it happens, and talk about influences and processes etc, as well as for posting up anything that I think it particularly interesting or worth mentioning. You know, the standard blogging look-at-me-I've-got-wonderful-taste type stuff.

As always, a fairly comprehensive portfolio of my work can be found on my main website, but if you're itching for the most recent stuff then you'll always find it on here. Please feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think.

The Songs Will Save Us

Over the last couple of weeks I've been working on this new personal piece, which I've rather pretentiously titled 'The Songs Will Save Us'. The Church in the background is a very deliberate nod to Max Beckmann's painting 'The Iron Footbridge' (below). Actually, if you look at the wheelbarrow, you'll see that Beckmann's head is being carted off by that suspicious little girl. It seemed a respectful gesture at the time.

In all seriousness, I've always really liked the colour palette that Beckmann uses, and the character that he puts into his figures and his architecture. Check out more of his stuff here. This is one of the biggest images I've produced, coming in at about A1 size.

George. W. Bush

This week I was commissioned to create a double page illustration for the Hong Kong based magazine Power. They were running a feature on the biggest villains of the year and they wanted me to tackle George W. Bush in an apocalyptic scene that referenced the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. I came up with the idea of putting him in the Joker's colours.

Triple Blended

Just finished this image, which features my fiancee, the iridescent Miss Elliott - might make a nice iphone wallpaper?