When I was mixing up the black ink for printing these I put in more pigment that I thought necessary and it was proper black. At least it looked it. Strangely though once it had been printed it came up grey. I did a couple more just to check I wasn’t going mad and then thought about crying. Screen printing can be pretty frustrating sometimes. Rather than throw a sulk and just chuck everything in the bin I thought I’d make the best of the situation and salvage what I could and these are the result. I like them more than I should probably because I know just how close they came to being binned. It turns out I’d used an old pigment or possibly old base goop and it somehow loses it’s ability to hold decent colour. Everyday is a school day.
Anyway they’re on A2 paper and are made using the magic of screen printing and spray paint. Perhaps I’ll get round to doing them again in black and completing them as per my original vision someday. Who knows? Drop us a line if interested.
The gentleman we can see in the bottom right of this picture is smoking a cigarette in a bit of a daze. He is deep in thought as someone has just taken him to one side and told him all about the Red Star of Freedom and now his whole world has been turned upside down. He can’t stop thinking about it and the implications it has for him and everyone he knows. He knows he hasn’t got long to think about it before he has to make a choice. The decision is a fairly stark one. If he had a dice he’d probably let that make the decision for him. He can hear the clock ticking. Time is running out…
With the spectre of gentrification hanging over the railway arches in Brixton we went down to do our small part to raise the profile of the #Savebrixtonarches campaign by painting up some shutters alongside a few other artists. It may not be much against the juggernaut of urban redevelopment but it gets us out of the house on a Sunday at least.
Once we’d arrived and found our spot we managed to draw some inspiration from the red and blue ‘HOT’ and ‘COLD’ lettering above the shutters to give us a colour scheme to work with and some idea of where we were headed. After we’d got that much nailed it was pretty much plain sailing. This design is reasonably minimal for us and it took a fair amout of willpower to overcome the urge to get a load more paint on the shutters and just walk away once it was completed. Righto, what’s next?
Cheers (and a big thanks to Monoprixx for taking the shot!)
I wanted to steer clear of the whole ‘I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight’ shtick with this write up but the way I’m feeling this morning I’m really not sure where else to go. I’m a little hungover is the problem. Inspiration has fled my meagre brain and I’m only just able to string a sentence together. Anyway, I’ll start with something simple. ‘The Lady in Red’ apparently started life as ‘the way you look tonight’ but there was another song with that name so he had to change it. And, just in case you didn’t know, Chris de Burgh claims to have ‘healing hands’ so should be able to sort out any nagging ailments if you ever get to meet him. In all truth the lady in the picture is wearing red and that’s all there is to it. That, and the fact that Lady in Red makes for a very effective earworm. If it starts playing in your brain it’s pretty tricky to make it stop. I’ll leave you now. Make what you will of it all…
Title: Lady in Red
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal
Does anyone out there remember an 80’s cartoon called ‘The Freedom Force’? They were a group of superheroes that included one called ‘Super-Samurai’ who was the muscle bound alter ego of a little Japanese lad. Well, after searching my brain for the answer as to where this picture came from that is the best I can muster for an answer. It was either that or this:
“This picture came about after I had the luxury of spending two days looking around the British museum sketching anything and everything i wanted and what a treasure trove they have there. After walking around the Japanese section of the museum I had a load of sketches mainly of samurai as their outfits were just amazing but also of some of the words and alphabet. I didn’t add any of that in to any of my drawings though as i just didn’t have a clue what they said.”
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Title: Super Samurai
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, and charcoal
With the last couple of id-iom wine description redesigns still going strong in-store I thought it only fair to spread the love and get another supermarket in on the act. Today we have a cheeky little red with a fruity bouquet that can be yours for the princely sum of £4. Get it while it lasts…
The Boy with the Red Face
Well, well, look what we have here. It looks like someone has been caught doing something they shouldn’t by their mum. The red face and sullen eyes are an obvious giveaway but just look at those tears as well – that’s a sure fire sign if ever I saw one! The only thing I’m not sure about is what exactly this lad has done – but don’t worry, we can always make something up…
Hubert, for that is what we shall call him, was on his way to the shop to fetch some ciggies for his mother. When the proprietor turned his back Hubert decided to steal some Disney Princess ‘Princess Glamour’ Sticker Collection packs from the counter but Hubert wasn’t a skilled thief. Needless to say the owner caught him and promptly escorted him back home after leaving the shop in the hands of Mrs Clompton who had only just popped in for a pint of milk.
The story continues of course but i think you can fill out the rest of the story yourself and how he ended up like he is in the painting…
Title: The Boy with the Red Face
Materials: Acrylic, paint pen, spraypaint and glitter
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