My panoramic mixed media works in the form of a queue are the perfect platform for me to showcase my imaginary characters, starting from an initial drizzle or splatter of nail polish, these figures are gradually built up and brought to life bonded by my love of fashion and art. My integration of concept, colour and form express my aspirations of getting closer to the playful spirit of creativity and I aim to evoke remembrance of people whom we know or possibly even ourselves. I want people to fall in love with my unique figures as I have. I am creating a strong eye catching narrative and fashion is a natural arena for me to express myself.
HARPERS &QUEEN SEPT 1986
Kids in tow
Milk and two
People are strange
Never mind the bollocks
Everything begins with an E
Check the bomber
Ladies love lunch
Original quirky Q
Wait your turn
Head to tail
This series is inspired by the German photographer and artist Erwin Blumenfeld who was best known for his covers of Vogue Magazine in the 1940's and 50's. The simple yet striking image caught my eye literally and I wanted to take this idea one step further and bring it to life on a canvas!
This was my first ever series that sold out at the Edinburgh ArtFair in 2013. I have gone on to design many similar versions since.
Taste of style
Taste of music
This series takes the Quirky Q series on tour. The characters are set against a different location. These are in particular shopping cities which fuses with the consumerism and fashion themes.
On tour New York
On tour Hong Kong
This is a series called VOGUE LIPS. My intentions are to create as many pieces of art from one Vogue magazine and the left overs and spine will be afixed to a board to complete the series. This is my first full series using resin which I feel lends itself well to this nature of mixed media work not only protecting for longevity but making the work refelective as we are to past eras in our lifetime. I choose a seven year old Vogue issue to tie in to the 7 year cycle of life making it sympathetic and symbolic. As well as a showstopping work visually it also is preserving snippets of fashion history in the iconic lip image which the Vogue artist Erwin Blumenfeld's images from the 1940's and 50's were very famous for their simplicity.
Look who is talking
This series began as an experiment.
I decided to gather all the materials I had been hoarding for years and decided to put selected 'bits' together to try and understand why I was actually holding onto them. The theme was clearly there as all the pieces were connected and quite quickly I discovered it was linked to the frustrations and the pressures of getting ready for an event or occasion (sometimes planning months in advance). From the searching, sifting, buying, matching, altering, choosing, preparing, tanning and grooming of clothing, shoes, handbags, make-up, hairstlyes and other accesories, the list is endless. Aiming to depict the pressure many of us experience with keeping up appearances amongst friends and even trying to outdo the last amazing outfit pulled together for a night out. The intensity is furthered by increased choices and advertisements that we are surrounded by daily everywhere we look, we are almost drowning in them, they just cannot be escaped.
My aim is to display this within these works as well as celebrating style, fashion and identity.
Creating things I love with the things I love...handbags and shoes galore out of glossy fashion mags with an endless array of colours, textures, techniques and styles these POPART works are showcasing the enticement of the endless products we are continuously exposed to.
During one of my regular flicks through a fashion mag, I came across a beautiful image of Naples. The colours grabbed me and immediately I knew I had to create a similar version using the torn pieces from the actual magazine itself. I sketched out the outline initially and as well as the pieces from magazines I also used acrylics, nail polish and pastels. Locations have not featured regularly in my work but this has inspired me to slowly build a worldwide series of only ‘very colourful’ locations.
My first ever charity piece was the result of a massive awareness campaign for Breakthrough Breast Cancer which received international attention making several appearances on the news and newspapers local and national.
Following the massive success I was shortly after approached by the Itsgood2give charity to mentor there young ambassadors in creating a large work for there newly built location 'The Ripple Retreat' in Loch Venachar.
I have gone on to support other charities at events including Spartans, Ladies Love Lunch and Macmillan Cancers annual event in Bonham's Edinburgh where all pieces submitted were successful in raising funds for all charities concerned.
SHADES OF LIFE
I was thrilled to be asked to mentor the lovely "Its good 2 give young ambassadors" and this is what they made specifically for the Ripple retreat where it has become the backdrop for many photographs.
Each ambassador was asked to choose an initial (it could have been their own name or in memory of someone). They went on to collect pieces from there everyday life and collaged it onto their canvas squares incorporating the initial.
Commissions is always a challenging part of an artists work which I have embraced fully over the years spanning from using a customers own materials in Kaleidoscope to a contemporary family portrait.
Threads of life
On the back of Check You's campaign a commission was shipped overseas to Singapore in a similar style using old make-up.
Based on a modern behaviours and trends this was my first ever Exhibition where I plucked up the courage after years of hiding my work away in my garage to share it with the world.
Drawing from the deadly sins I created large thought provoking works to express the frustrations of todays culture and behaviours.
GREEDY BASTARD ON LOCATION
BIG MOUTH BITCH
These fun characters derived from the Quirky Q series and are smaller close up versions of street scenes. Taking influences from my childhood years where we would "Hang about" these are fun narratives allowing me to get in to the playful spirit of fantasy and building these characters and scenarios up gradually. The personalities evolve as clothing is added and the ideas grow organically within the process.
Much of my work has 3 dimensional qualities which led me to use my techniques on actual shoes themselves.
Inspired by Christian Lacroix's Butterfly Parade, these mixed media works have two levels. Initially the backdrop is created using a variation of mediums from acrylics, glossy magazine pieces, oils, nail polish, ink, lead, watercolours, pastels, make-up amongst the growing list.
The next layer is on the actual perspex itself. Nail polish and robust paints are drizzled to create the outline them the finer detail is coloured in with nail polish.
All these works come framed and are available in prints.