I’m delighted to be launching a new 20×16″ print on Wednesday the 27th Jan, with Derbby.
Derbby have a unique price structure which works great, making the early prints in an edition extremely accessible. The usual selling price of Derbby Prints is $149 but for the Flash Sale the price drops to $25.. and that’s where it gets interesting, each successive sale raises the price by $1 !
Derbby aren’t cutting corners however, the print is made on a bright white Epson archival paper at a heavy 330gsm! this is embossed with the Derbby logo and accompanied by an artists signature by way of a certificate applied to the reverse of the piece… this results in a clean ready to frame image.
The piece itself was created in January of 2016 and experiments with creating more layering and more detail than usual, I wanted to give Derbby an image that would translate well in the reduction to a print, making the detail finer and crisper. Continuing on from the earlier piece this year entitled all I want is everything, the piece reflects on commercial desire, our relationship with nature, and the unattainable. I’ve included some work in progress images below to show the process of making the work.
If you are interested, the original work will also be made available through Derbby via a unique bidding system. Checkout www.derbby.com for more details.
This is probably the final piece created for 2015, a hypnotic state, for a client in the US.
The piece returns to a theme of shattered glass that I used in the Inkd Gallery exhibition Fragile a number of years back – I am fascinated by optics and also how best to convey them in this medium. The thing about drawing glass is that it has very little form or shape itself. It’s interesting, the way in which it displaces the things round it.
I’m excited about expanding the palette with a new range of calligraphy inks with a more intense colour base too and I discovered a number of new techniques working this new commission – one of which was to enhance the immediate and visceral graphite lines by tracing over them deliberately with fountain pen. There is something about the contrast of the two marks together on the page that I find really exciting, one is the chaos of the free line that comes from the subconscious, and the second is the very deliberate line, that follows the same path but in a different way. There is a repetition about the process but also a contrast in the approach, and for me it really helps draw attention and give importance to the parts of the work that are more spontaneous and automatic.
Yesterday Evening was the launch for the Spring show at the Forman’s Smokehouse – amazing exhibition excellently curated by Katja Rosenbeurg. The exhibition runs from the 5th April – 6th May and is showing avast range of spring related work from over 50 artists! There is also the excellent Smokehouse restaurant to give you even more reason to visit!
one for sorrow @ the smokehouse gallery for the spring exhibition
The huge smokehouse gallery overlooks the olympic stadium and its internal architecture reflects this strongly!
I have taken a short video of the work on the mural / drawing so far at Norlington Road – I will be making a finished video and a short book of the completed piece but until then…
A drawing made as part of the Leytonstone arts trail over a period of about 2 weeks spending 40 hours drawing, the piece is an unplanned organic drawing in Ink and tea which explores floral forms. Drawn in fountain pen ink and painted with various types of tea, specifically chai, Rooibos, blackcurrant & nettle and camomile vanilla & honey. The artwork references plants from both the front and rear of the house.
Just a quick add – I am donating a new piece fragile to a silent auction, and sale over at Horatia in Holloway road tomorrow 26th March. The piece is entitled fragile, and is a graphite ink and tea sketch.