I've been working with ace local musician Dan Turnbull aka Funke and the Two Tone Baby on the cover art for his new album - "Balance". I was lucky enough to work on his first studio album "Battles" and I'm delighted that the relationship has continued.
The chap in the Balance image is Charles Scott Sherrington, Nobel Prize winning physiologist and the first person to understand and describe the role of the brain and nervous system in keeping us balanced (physically rather than emotionally!). More info on him here.
So for a week in early February I had an entire gallery space to myself for the first time. York Street Gallery in Ramsgate is a gem of a place, run with great gusto by the brilliant Mike Samson (a rather fine artist in his own right). I had 30 of my linocut pieces in the show, along with the dinghy sail featuring a blown up version of "Rescue 3" - one of my linocuts depicting a coal mine rescue worker - hanging from the gallery's lighting rig. The show looked great, if I say so myself, with some sales and lots of new friends and contacts made. I'm suffering the inevitable post-show blues but looking forward to my next show, a group exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable from 3rd - 10th June. I'm also keeping busy with the next album cover for the brilliant Funke and the Two Tone Baby and planning a new series of prints based on more exhibits from London's Natural History Musuem. Have a look at the York Street Gallery site for details of upcoming shows and follow them on Facebook.
Three of my t-shirt designs are in a competition at Ohh Deer. Please nip over there (by clicking the image), hit the like buttons and share via Facebook and Twitter etc if you have time, to push me up the rankings.
Off The Barrow is a brilliant web-based creative network that aims to give exposure and support to artists and designers. They kindly ran a showcase article on my work recently.
In other news, I'm busy on some new palaeontology inspired pieces and will be submitting them for a number of group shows taking place over the Spring. Watch this space for further details.
I have 3 linocut postcards in this year's International Postcard Show at The Surface Gallery in Nottingham. The show features hundreds of original creations in an array of different media by established artists, students and newcomers from all over the world. More information by clicking the image.
Well here goes 2014. I've started the year off on a high note, bagging myself a new "Blue Boy" tabletop press, made by Baker Fabrication, and what a beauty it is. Here is the first print produced on the press, entitled "Nevermore" and designed as an illustration to Edgar Allan Poe's gothic masterpiece "The Raven." It's a two color print, made using the reduction or "suicide" method and in an edition of just 10 prints. More info on the Blue Boy here.
I am a huge music fan and decided to take a new twist on a classic Christmas song to produce my own interpretation of 12 Drummers Drumming for a limited print for Christmas 2013. Have a look at my 12 Drummers shop page for a list of the drummers included.
I'm chuffed to be finishing off an exciting year with a 2 month residency at Deeson Creative - a creative communications consultancy - in Canterbury. I have 18 prints hanging around the office, meeting rooms and other areas of the building. As part of the project I answered a few questions for them, so have a look at my answers for a bit more of a clue about my motivation.
I was really pleased to attend the launch of the Lines Underwater poetry anthology on Saturday, to see an exhibition of the artwork produced for the project and to hear contributions from some of the poets and songwriters. The anthology is available from the Poems Underwater site and limited hand-pulled prints of My Underwater Love, along with t-shirts and other items, are now available from my shop.