Well it would appear that I’m on something of a roll with 2 sided pictures. As with our previous one it’s on a 60 x 40cm wood panel and features laser engraving, stencils, spraypaint, paint pens, acrylic paint and laser cutouts. If that’s not enough I even managed to come up with my own patented industrial-looking hanging contraption from the hardware shop so it can be easily flipped to give your walls a new lease of life. How’s that for a win?
One side features a slightly aloof looking lady under an x-shaped logo for ‘The Golden Motto Series’ and the legend ‘People will stare. Make it worth their while.’ Which we all know is true. People are nosy and can’t help it. I guess it’s just the way we are. We love looking at just about anything be it out of the ordinary or not. Anyway, the thing I’m happiest about with this piece is managing to keep it pretty minimal (well, for us anyway) and restraining myself from adding more colour and embellishment. I’m happy with the result.
The other side was inspired by a quote from Nelson Mandela – ‘It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it’. It seems obvious but seem people seem to need that pointing out sometimes. I’ve taken him quite literally at his word on this one and so have a bemused looking lady holding the world in her hands with the stars and astral quotes providing a galactic background. Right on Nelson.
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 modest success of a few of our supermarket subversions recently my brain seems to have jumped onto the whole fake ad/culture jamming bandwagon and now it seems I can’t go to the shop without coming up with some new form of contrived nonsense. And today’s offering is a pretty good case in point.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away I was strutting the aisles of my local supermarket trying to locate something they undoubtedly didn’t have when my eye chances upon the full fat milk with the blue lid. And that was all I needed to connect blue and milk and come up with the blue milk from Star Wars called bantha milk. We even see Luke Skywalker pour himself a glass in Star Wars whilst he’s living with his aunt and uncle at their moisture farm in Tatooine.
That was all I needed in the way of a plan so went home and set to work. A couple of parsecs later and I had my label good to go – complete with interview with their sand person dairy farmer on Tatooine. All that was then required was a bottle of milk, some blue food dye and a fake price label and I was good to go.
I can already see the print and TV advertising that would go alongside this new miracle food with a tag line along the lines of “With a few glasses of semi-skimmed bantha in you a day you’ll be strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark in no time.” In fact, that’s given me an idea…
So this is our final panorama from the House of Pain(t) and we have the room at the top of the house where the ceiling collapsed a little bit. I’m not sure why it collapsed and was just glad I wasn’t stood underneath at the time. I’m sure Health & Safety would have something to say about that but as an artist I just liked the fact it made the room seem more decrepit and battered. I would have liked to have had some more time to finish this room off a bit more and get some more colour splashed around but I suppose that’s life.
For a bigger version of the panorama you can visit our Flickr page.
- Cloud room panorama (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- Pink room panorama (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- A portrait of the artist as a young man (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
Look me in the eyes
Well we could hardly paint up the entire house up without getting at least one semi-naked girl in there. It just wouldn’t seem right. So today we are remedying that with this a topless young lady who’s relaxing with her arms behind her head. Just like i like to do sometimes. Although as a general rule I prefer a good sit down or a snooze. But that wouldn’t make such a good picture…
Star Wars: Episode 6 – The Return of the Jedi saw Darth Vader die. Or did it? In fact, he lived on as a cloned version of himself and after retreating to wherever it is Dark Lords of the Sith go to make their nefarious plans he’s back with a new approach to taking over the galaxy.
In Episode 7 Vader’s back with a new shiny pimping costume and a decidedly different approach to galactic domination. Rather than an army of tough-guy clone troopers he’s decided to get himself an army made up of sexy stormtroopers (cloned from his own dead mother!) that he’s willing to hire out to whoever has the most intergalactic credits to pay. Expect to see cards similar to these in a phone box near you some time soon…
Title: Star Wars: Episode 7 – Vader’s Big Idea
Media: Screenprint and acrylic paint
Size: 10 x 15cm (postcard size)
Available from our Big Cartel store for £5
This picture was done as a gift for a good friend. Wanna hear the story that inspired it?? Well, here it goes:
There I was with Old Ben just having a quiet drink in a scruffy South London boozer and minding my business when some foreign tough nut walks past and manages to knock the drink out of my hand. After saying something to me i couldn’t understand (I couldn’t even work out what language he was speaking) the man he was with comes over and says that his friend doesn’t like me. And that he doesn’t like me either.
I’m sure they were chatting nonsense but this guy reckons they were wanted men who were not to be trifled with so i promised him i’d be more careful. But that wasn’t enough and he has to go and escalate the situation by shouting death threats at me. At this point Old Ben steps in and tries to chill the situation by saying i’m not worth bothering with – but that isn’t enough for Mr Tough Guy. Realising what is going to happen next i try to move carefully back as things are just about to turn ugly. The rest, as they say, is history…
It’s all true. I swear it!
Title: Old Ben strikes again
Media: Screen print, watercolour, acrylic, ink and paint pen
Size: A3 paper