Category Archives: R&D

Research and development projects, personal projects

War is Peace!

I’ve been playing around with the propaganda slogans from George Orwell’s 1984. I made these imaginary posters incorporating cartoon characters. Beetle Bailey for the War Is Peace poster………

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The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

This comic strip is a satire of the incorruptible British legal establishment’s inability to see any wrong doing in the Libor scandal, HSBC’s drug money laundering, RBS’s meltdown, oil price fixing etc, etc. In 2016 I submitted a version of the strip to Common Sense, a magazine produced by emptyspace,

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The Lost Films

My first full-time job was as a Trace & Paint Artist at Pentagon Motion Pictures in Nottingham. We made the Little Green Man for Central TV. In The Lost Films project Ive been painting acetate cells and backgrounds as if they are artifacts from lost or abandoned films made in this obsolete medium.

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Still Life

I’ve noticed that making films and videos has started to influence the way I approach making paintings. Whilst reading about Russian Psychic, Nelya Mikhailova, I thought that the groups of objects that she attempted to move with the power of her mind looked like little Still Lifes. I thought of making this painting called “Still […]

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Privateer, Prison Hulk.

In this diptych I’m looking at the breakdown of the social contract and the rule of law relating to the financial crisis. The way Banks and Corporations flout the law with impunity, whilst the poor are jailed for minor indiscretions, is reminiscent of the days of the Privateers and the government sanctioned piracy that they […]

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Painting By Numbers

This is my pastiche of a 1950’s Painting by Numbers canvas. I’m interested in the way the subject matter evokes freedom but the act of Painting by Numbers is devoid of free expression. Painting by Numbers kits tell us something about conservative notions of the role of art in our society.

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I made these gouache paintings from photographs of the Blitz. I guess I’m using the images as allegories of the damage done to Britain by the financial crisis, and the subsequent attempts to manage it through IMF/World Bank/Government imposed austerity measures.

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I’ve been working on a few personal projects that have National Identity as a running theme. They’re works in progress. Who’s personal work ever gets finished? The environment for this first one is a grimy Northern town built from cardboard railway models. The targets and flags allude to collective and individual conflicts. In Protecting Our […]

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