Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Finally finished!

After about a month, I finally completed work on this large drawing, a companion piece to the yellow stag (see previous post). It is also executed in graphite and acrylic. Its untitled, but has a bit of an autumn theme going on.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Portrait of Victor Alexandrovich Pavlov

This is my second small version of this particular portrait.

It is in acrylic, correcting fluid, silk screen ink and graphite on used glass paper. Working in pencil on sand and glass paper presents interesting challenges!

The photograph from which this portrait is taken is of Victor Alexandrovich Pavlov, just one of the faces staring out of countless mug shots of those executed in Stalin's purges.

Portrait of Victor Alexandrovich Pavlov.
Acrylic, correcting fluid, silk screen ink and graphite on used glass paper. May 2007.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Memory Stick

Memory Stick. Oil on reclaimed wood. August 2007

This is the first in a series of paintings of endangered British species. The bird pictured is an Aquatic Warbler.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Sunday, 4 November 2007

We won an art prize!

UHC have been awarded this year's Art Gene Open prize. We entered the two works above: The Thin Veneer of Democracy and collective member Joe Richardson's piece People's Tower for Manchester. Visit the project site here: www.artgene.co.uk

The show is curated by Paul Moss and Miles Thurlow (Workplace Gallery, Newcastle) who were on the selection panel, along with Art Gene founders Stuart Bastik and Maddi Nicholson.

Our prize is a two month residency in Barrow, which UHC will be taking up early next year.

The Bible

The Bible. Italian pocket bible. Oil paint. August 2007

Seeing as its Sunday...

What I think I meant was paint is a language like words. Its not supposed to look like a white dogshit. Or godshit.


Pigeon. Oil on MDF. July 2007

This one was painted over the summer, during a three week break from UHC. I must have been subconsciously tuning in to some kind of sixth sense: the picture respresents pestilence, internal rot and wasted opportunity - because I was trying to capture the essence of Manchester (!) With retrospect I might as well have been painting the situation developing a little closer to home.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Paper moon

Paper Moon. Oil paint on paper. Oct 2007.

The moon as seen through a tattered piece of an old billboard advert.
The piece of paper was found in that shape, blowing around in the street. I cut the hole and painted the clouds in oils with my finger.

Dead bloke on a plate

Mao Tse-Tung Dead Bloke. Sept 2007 transfer on plate

Exclusive - It's my first ceramic work! Created earlier in the Autumn, this is my first commemorative plate. It's a limited edition - of one. Continuing my interest in Mao's image. Coming next in the series (hopefully) is a small series of tea mugs celebrating some timeless English working class scenes - namely workmen in cut-off fluorescent waistcoats and lads hanging around bins!


So this is my latest work, and the first entry in my new blog.

It's a large drawing in graphite on lining paper with acrylic. Slightly jokingly titled 'NoEyeDeer'. (Those are eyes on the end of the antlers). I hope it will be the first in a new series of large scale drawings. I'm going to post up new work here as it gets finished, coz its easier than updating the website. If you want to see my portfolio, visit the link to my site.