Friday, 27 November 2009

Browsing Copy - A project to save used books.

Roy Poh from 'A Beautiful Design' launched his 'Browsing Copy' exhibition at the 'Useless Gallery' in Singapore, this week. I was sent a book to save a while back & wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I finally decided the only way to integrate the project in to my day without causing myself undue stress, was to screen directly on to its pages with what ever I was working on at the time. Cue more birds and triangles... topped up with a few random stickers. With it's eclectic theme and a beautiful website, it's definitely worth a look.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

'Midcentury Modern Show' - this Sunday November 15th.

A quick reminder that myself & James Brown will be taking our first stand this weekend at the 'Midcentury Show' in Dulwich, Sunday only between 10am - 4pm. I have four new Silkscreen editions to show, one of them is a twenty colour Silkscreen bonanza! Everything is for sale and with my recently acquired framing skills under my belt, things are really taking shape. Hope to see you there...

Monday, 2 November 2009

"Shapes are my friends"

A couple of Sundays ago Dan Canyon from 'Spine Magazine' came to film my studio. His timing couldn't have been more perfect due to my impending move. His magazine is the sister site of 'Spine Tv', a new online television station. As uncomfortable as it is to watch yourself, I loved our informal afternoon spent printing and chatting away. Having recently been asked in a magazine interview ...
"You also seem to use Photoshop – is there a special reason why you insist on using traditional methods for an
effect that is arguably more simply achievable with Photoshop?"... it's good to show why I don't rely on the Mac and what a wonderful technique Silkscreen is.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

"Testing testing ..."

November 15th sees myself and James Brown presenting our wares alongside each other at Midcentury Modern, the Imperial College Dulwich. In preparation for this I'm working on a host of new editions. Whilst experiencing the usual technical & creative hiccups along the way, i've learnt to see the beauty in these creative blips. Not only do I end up with even more limited edition, Limited Editions ... the dwindling numbers have created a curious collection of 'one-off' test prints. It would seem apparent that however hard I try to produce silkscreens in multiples, my intuition to make something individual, unique even, is far too strong.

Friday, 23 October 2009

'Dries Fridge'

Under some duress, I've decided to ditch my studio fridge. It is exhausted and not serving me well. I will miss looking at 'Blue boy' though, a constant reminder of one of my all time favourite jobs, a series of illustrations for Dries Van Notens Spring / Summer catalogue.

Monday, 19 October 2009

'City Magazine', New York City

Since Big Active's June trip to New York for Le Book's 'Connections' show, our friends at City Magazine have featured nine illustrators from the event in their October Arts Issue. I was delighted to be part of it. To view it online click here.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Friday, 11 September 2009

'Pick up a Penguin'

Having been fortunate to have illustrated seventeen book covers for the 'father of science fiction', Mr Herbert George Wells, I've been busy turning three of these images into a series of Silkscreen Prints. To begin, I've chosen 'The Invisible Man' & 'The Sleeper Awakes' as they are two personal favourites. They will soon be available for purchase on 'Product of God' as well as directly through my blog. As usual ... watch this space.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

'The Lost goods Building', Paddington New Yard

Our Great Western Community is being re-housed in just a few weeks time, to make room for Crossrail. Fortunately, we're being shunted a mere few hundred yards up the gravel track to our new home with views over the Regents Canal. And proper heating ... a luxury for sure. 'The Lost Goods Building', (as it's more affectionately known to us early dwellers), is a unique space and I'm most sad to be going and witnessing daily the disbanding of a wonderful community of artists. Considering London isn't known for its great weather, more often than not I would leave for home to a beautiful evening sky over the train tracks of Paddingtons New Yard.
(Please note - my windows are filthy!)

Thursday, 27 August 2009

One of a kind at 'Elphicks'

Fresh off my print table, a one-off piece that I'll be delivering to Elphicks, ready for the coming bank holiday weekend. Multi-layered and over printed, the outcome is often a far cry from my initial thoughts and ideas. Almost like I'd lost a few prints along the way, although physically they are under there, somewhere.

Monday, 17 August 2009


I've always admired Elphicks on Columbia Road and feel very pleased to announce that they are now stocking my silkscreens.
The prints they are showing are a mixture of low run Editions as well as some one-off pieces.
'Pamela', pictured above, is only available through Elphicks and soon to be available through their online shop, here.
Open Sunday 9am-4pm / By appointment Monday-Friday / 160 Columbia Road, E2.

Monday, 10 August 2009

'YCN', 72 Rivington Street

My most recent collaboration has seen me create a Limited Edition Print for YCN, available through them only either online, or by popping down to their Rivington Street HQ. It now has it's own unique library which I wasted no time in joining. Receiving my library card by post a few days later was a joyous moment ...

It has been a pleasure to meet and work alongside Nick @ YCN, as well as the whole YCN team. I find it to be a most inspiring environment which seems to change and evolve between my every visit. Of late, these have been almost weekly so there is a wealth of creativity to be constantly observed. A visit is highly recommended ... the 'downstairs' is open publicly from 10am, Monday - Friday.
The print I have created for them is an abstract three colour silkscreen, with an added fourth layer of letterpress depicting the five lines of the YCN identity. My idea loosely stems from observing the use of traditional end papers in publishing. This is the first time i have combined two print making techniques in one image, but it certainly won't be the last.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

"Yay, I'm WIRED"

My illustrations for Wired Magazine are out now in the July issue ... in America.
You can view them online 'here' or pop to one of those super nice specialist magazine book shop type places and pick up a copy in the UK. It's an excellent and informative read ... if it all gets a bit wordy, there's some nice pictures too!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

"A new and improved L O V E "

I've been meaning to reinvent 'Love', a little, for a long time now ... and here it is. It's more expensive than my first love ... but has new layers of ink & is an edition of only thirteen.

' new L O V E ' Poster
Hand silkscreened on Black Gloss Chromalux Paper,
Dimensions - 50 X 70cms,
(Edition- 13)
Price, £115 (incl P&P for the UK, for postal prices outside the UK please email),
Each Print is hand stamped & signed,
Enquiries, please email -

Thursday, 11 June 2009

'Going, going .... All gone?'

If you regularly peep at my blog you will be aware that since December of last year I've started to produce a few Limited Edition Prints, mainly available to purchase through my blog. They have been quite popular, much to my delight.
Below is the current availability ...

'All sorts' - Edition of 16 / Availability - SOLD OUT

'Obrumpent 2' - Edition of 10 / Availability - SOLD OUT

' L O V E ' - Edition of 13 / Availability - 3 (on Black Chromalux Paper)
Edition of 8 / Availability - 2 (on Off-white Chromalux Paper)

'Five Easy Pieces' - Edition of 4 / Availability - 1

Enquiries, please email -

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Is rejection necessarily a bad thing?

I've just finished four illustrations for Wired Magazine USA, July issue.
Above is the one that didn't make it ... but the good news is the other four are much improved because of it!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

"Colouring In"

So I made it to Sydney and had a wonderful time at the 'Semi Permanent' Conference. Curated and created by Andrew & Murray at 'Design Is Kinky', it was great to finally meet them and their SP crew after months of emailing, preparation and nerves. As envisaged the auditorium was huge, with over two thousand people attending both days. I felt thoroughly inspired by 'WIRED magazines' Creative Director, Scott Dadich. His talk spanned the history of the magazine and its content. They work with a broad range of photographers, illustrators, model makers and writers to create topical features, looking at current social, economic and political issues that sit on beautifully designed pages with fantastic visual accompaniments. Go get yourself a copy and indulge in their personalised type face... it makes for easy reading,
If you check online at some point soon photographs, podcasts (hilarious no doubt...) and video footage will be available to view. The hugely talented painter Ron English gave a great talk on his work, and political antics, definitely worth a view.
Above and below are some snaps of the day and a few of my title visuals from my talk, "Colouring In".

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

From tomorrow my blog will be having a well deserved rest... it'll be back soon though, nice and refreshed.
Any enquiries, please email me at the usual address ... if you need a Portfolio please email my agent at Big Photographic.

Friday, 20 March 2009

'The Art of Tennis'

One of my first projects for 2009 was commissioned by the sports brand Ellesse, to produce a piece of artwork to advertise a competition to mark their 50th Anniversary year. They are offering the great british public an opportunity to ..."create a piece of Art or Design to commemorate the Ellesse 50th Anniversary, inspired by the brands Italian heritage and sporting routes in tennis".
My initial response to their brief is shown above and the second test print underneath. You'll have to enter the competition to see the finished piece.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

**NEW** Edition ... "Obrumpent 2"

Inspired by my work for the National Literary Trust, I've literally just finished an extra special ten 'obrumpent' prints. So, very hot of the press as such. Each print has two extra colours, gold and an opaque red. You can see these in more detail on the crops provided.

"Obrumpent 2"
Hand silkscreened on 'Archival Quality Black Daler Board',
Colours - 16,
Dimensions - 21 X 29.7cms ( A4 size ),
Edition - 10,
Price - £75 + £4 P&P for the UK, (for postal prices outside the UK please email),
Each Print is hand stamped, numbered & signed,
To Purchase, please email -

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


As mentioned in a previous post, I am taking part in an exhibition on 'Lost Words' to raise money for The National Literacy Trust. To help things along a bit I thought it appropriate to make a new Edition for the occasion, so here it is...

Adj, meaning breaking or bursting,
Hand silkscreened on 'Archival Quality Black Daler Board',
14 Colour Screen Print,
Dimensions - 21 X 29.7cms ( A4 size ),
Edition - 10,
Each Print is hand stamped, numbered & signed.
Enquiries - Come down to the Exhibition or send an email to -

*All proceeds to the National Literacy Trust to provide children with books.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

"Going ... going ... GONE"

I am thrilled to report that the piece of (music related) artwork i donated to Cancer Researchs 'Sound & Vision' fund raising evening at Abbey Road, sold for £1,500. In total over £190,000 was raised throughout the evening. Fantastic eh.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

'The Art of Lost Words'

'Text/Gallery' are curating an exhibition on behalf of the National Literacy Trust entitled 'the art of lost words' ...
"What happens to forgotten words - chucked in language's landfill while the world sweeps on in pursuit of new phrases? For the space of one week they'll be exhumed and recycled into objects of beauty by invited designers and illustrators".
Work will be sold as one-off originals or limited editions at the discretion of the contributor, and proceeds will go towards the National Literacy Trust, helping to enable disadvantaged children to choose and keep free books.
The Exhibition runs from 5th - 10th March at 'The German Gym', Pancras Road, NW1 2TB.
Come down and find out what my word is!

Friday, 20 February 2009

Tappin Gofton

It was so exciting to see that Mark & Simon have their new website up and running.
I've collaborated with them for many years and have been patiently waiting for this moment, all their wonderful achievements viewable at the click of a finger. One really is spoilt for choice, well done Tappin Gofton.
I've selfishly chosen two pages to show you, featuring my work! I feel some of my best work has been with them so it seemed apt ... and their photography is much more beautiful than my quick digital snaps.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

'Semi-Permanent' 3 & 4th April 2009

I couldn't believe my luck when I was invited to be part of 'Semi-Permanent', an annual Design conference held in Sydney, Australia. My initial thoughts of sunshine, open space and the great outdoors, (especially after our previous two British summers) quickly diminished when they turned towards thoughts of public speaking in a large auditorium! However, not one to miss out on such an amazing window of opportunity, I will be heading off for my antipodean adventure towards the end of March. There are guest speakers from around the globe, check online for more information,

'Sound & Vision 2009'

'Sound & Vision' 2009 has arrived, once again hosted at Abbey Road Studios. Myself and Tommy Penton have donated original artworks, all of which can be viewed along with others online.
This year for the first time, I have donated a piece of artwork made for a Chemical Brothers campaign. It's a one-off silkscreen print used as sleeve artwork for their album 'We Are The Night'. There's still a chance to win tickets for the evening where Paul Weller and Stereophonics will play live and plenty of champagne floats about. All of this in aid of an excellent cause that I imagine has affected us all in one way or another in our own lives.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

'Valentines Schmalentines'

I've been silkscreening these LOVE posters for a while now, mainly selling them at our Open Studio weekends and giving them to friends. Now they are available to buy online. I print them in batches, ten or so at a time. Currently they are printed on Black Gloss Chromalux Paper. Colours vary with each set printed ... this batch have a mint through to jade green fade in the background with a warm gold on top. But I'm thinking with Valentines approaching a strong red fading through pink to gold could be appropriate.
Details below ....

' L O V E ' Poster
Hand silkscreened on Black Gloss Chromalux Paper,
Dimensions - 50 X 70cms,
(Open Edition)
Price - £45 incl P&P for the UK, (for postal prices outside the UK please email),
Each Print is hand stamped & signed,
Enquiries, please email -

Monday, 12 January 2009

'Huck Magazine'

Before Christmas the nice people at Huck Magazine came over to the studio to feature me in their next issue. Working on a series of portraits capturing artists in their studios, you can also see each of the ten chosen artists work online at Huck, with a bit of a Q&A too. Huck also has a sister magazine called 'Little White Lies'. It's well worth a peek and available at your local newsagent(!). Not one to have my picture taken I had to alter their great photograph slightly I'm afraid....