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Lockdown acrylic 11

4th September 2020
Headscarf (Mississippi Goddam) 2020  50x50cm What started out as a tribute to the immortal majesty of Nina Simone, became a more graphically rendered picture, so it’s a nod to Grace Jones as well, as she was art directed by Jean-Paul Goude in the golden age of disco. The hardened contours of her face made her …

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Lockdown acrylic 10

3rd September 2020
Tor 2020  50x50cm Done pre-lockdown, but specifically for an exhibition (postponed) at the fantastic delicatessen and cheese library that is Compton McCrae. This is a West Country goats’ cheese you won’t be startled to find out. I’ve put it as a megalith sitting under the star sign of Capricorn.    

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Lockdown acrylic 9

3rd September 2020
Full Stilton 2020  50x50cm Done pre-lockdown, but specifically for an exhibition (postponed) at the fantastic delicatessen and cheese library that is Compton McCrae. I thought a cheese on its own looked a bit bland, so I scaled it up a bit.    

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Lockdown acrylic 8

3rd September 2020
The Nest 2020  50x20cm Taken from a screenshot of The Nest one Sunday earlier this year. It struck me as somewhere pretty cool to be self isolated. On the Rosneath peninsula apparently, and to rent but without the gratuitous shrubbery. And the pretty snake.    

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Lockdown acrylic 7

2nd September 2020
Lunatic Fringe On the shore, she dances, without much of a care. There’s nobody watching, only the moon and us, and she twirls joyously and madly in front of the slowly disintegrating hut of the Blackgang nudists as it slowly slides downhill to take its place, eventually, in the endless dark sea.

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Lockdown acrylic 6

2nd September 2020
Up And Away (PS I Love You) 2020  50x50cm Nearly finished. I wrote to a mate about this as I was thinking about it: “I’ve started working on another lockdown painting. I’m trying to make them personal; real and imagined little waypoints in a life that you have to magnify in order to make the …

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Lockdown acrylic 5

2nd September 2020
A Day In The Life. 2020 Acrylic  50x50cm Walking home for an afternoon break in 1967. Working a holiday job as a waiter at Spencer’s Hotel. Brutally lousy pay and virtually no tips for 99 hour week. This was the moment I finally heard the track on Sgt Pepper that everyone had heard apart from …

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Lockdown acrylic 4

2nd September 2020
No room at Club Miró 2020  50x50cm Secluded beach road property in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, which took its name from the great painter. Pure fantasy, but the house is absolutely suited to a bit of personal elaboration. So my club is famous among the arty crowd who will come to see Miles …

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Lockdown acrylic 3

2nd September 2020
Hut (If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes and Salty Air dept.) 2020   30x30cm Fictional seascapade with Ashey seamark from the Isle of Wight looking over a bit of Jurassic coast.  The beach hut with the seagull are painted from a model, which gives it a slightly exaggerated fantasy look.

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Lockdown acrylic 2

2nd September 2020
Ventnor 1970 (Town On The Edge) 2020  50x50cm I know and love Ventnor; it’s very pretty and civilised. It’s survived a spell of neglect to claim its place as a truly enchanting British seaside resort. It’s got a beautiful arts centre, as well as the tropical gardens that I’ve illustrated with extreme artistic licence, but …

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Lockdown acrylic 1

2nd September 2020
Lorraine, Steam And Speed. (The Hindenburg passing over Ryde Pier in 1936). 2020  50x75cm Bit of a pun for Turner fans, but another lockdown retrieval of family anecdotes about the generation before mine. I like the thought of this enormous airborne Titanic floating towards New Jersey with its shiny skin reflecting the slightly improbable sunset …

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A Musical Alphabet. A box set of 26 postcards.

12th November 2019
Why send a card when you can send a letter? Here’s a unique A to Z of musical genius. From Ayler to Zappa, all the greats take a bow in 26 postcards beautifully presented as a box set. And check out the story behind the letters. The reverse of every postcard offers a glimpse into …

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Unbelievably Bob.

16th September 2019
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Chris Howe, just turned 70 and we share a passion for Bob Dylan. I needed a couple of lines to modify his song, Forever Young from the pretty perfect Planet Waves to fashion a message for my birthday card. I had a bit of a block, but fortunately …

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Personalised prints

19th July 2019
  I started making these prints years ago as a project that celebrated notable landmarks, where the locations became the backdrop to the people wandering around in the foreground. Occasionally I produce images that are commissioned from scratch. They’ll consist of, say, a favourite family holiday destination; friends and memories, pets and ancestors. I’ll be …

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Marvin Scott Jarrett: Raygunslinger

4th June 2019
Ray Gun magazine came out in 1992 and  I was a fan from the start, or the get-go. The founder was Marvin Scott Jarrett, someone who attracted my attention on Instagram recently; he was being interviewed about the launch of his book celebrating nearly ten years of the magazine’s existence. To look at the pages …

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Cover Stories

28th April 2019
I’ve been making disturbing and oddly satisfying pictures of heads on Photoshop. I was going to call them portraits, but they are a tad too distorted to be confused with anyone living, at least I hope so.

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Birthday greetings and all that jazz

12th April 2019
This was done for Mandy and Jimmy when they were an item; they’re still the best of friends so I thought I’d just show what I did for their joint birthday card in 2003.

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Let’s get lost

11th April 2019
A Panic Map from my sketchbook in California in 2010 After I’d finished these obsessive little doodles and brought them home I tried a more finished version which didn’t really work (see main picture)

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Music prints (from 2010)

11th April 2019
Trial images of Keith and Stevie prepared on Photoshop for giclée print. As soon as I started out on the Stevie image, immediately the songs all come flooding back; more than you can count, almost.

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What larks. The rise and demise of Cool Grey 2 (From 2010)

11th April 2019
An ad for the brilliant Sparks in 1974. A pencil and ink drawing by stablemate John Bonis I still enjoy graphic design probably more than ever. I love the Mac and its universe of essential tools, the software that enables me to do so much that was inconceivable when I started in the early 70s.

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Degenerate Superheroes

1st November 2018
  “What do you do exactly?”  “I’m not really sure. I’ll have to get back to you on that.” Click here to see them all: DEGENERATE MENU They’re all for sale in the shop but I’ve put them all on a quick at-a-glance guide. Here you can come face-to-face with the Hate Tweet Officer and say …

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Dandy In The Undergrowth

16th October 2018
He’s called Uncle Bertie In The Jungle (In His Dreams) and featured quite prominently in a documentary about the Royal Academy in the summer. There’s Kirsty Walk choosing her teddy bears in a glass case, and who’s this next to it?

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Estrella, a study in evil

19th July 2018
  Estrella, the cat that put the talon in Catalonia (after Cat) is enjoying another one of his day-long siestas, in the baking sun on the balcony of this little house in Masquefa, where I’m house-sitting for friends.

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The Return Of The Native

28th June 2018
This print got into the 2011 Royal Academy Summer Show. I didn’t fancy its chances much; was it too obvious, too nostalgic? Anyway it made it to Room 1 – the print room – high up and out of the way so you could marvel at Tracey’s calligraphy and Humphrey Ocean’s little dog etching, but …

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Mute: Miles Davis 1991

28th June 2018
  Main Pic: A drawing of Miles Davis that appeared on my 1991 Christmas card. It was the year he died and Richard Williams used this picture on his jazz round up in the Independent On Sunday magazine when he was editor.

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First Loves: Frank Bellamy

28th June 2018
When I was seven, the only art I knew was comic art. The information conveyed with the least amount of time spent on shading, but a lot of time devoted to the important bits. Like the story.

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First loves:1969 and Doug Binder

28th June 2018
My first days as an art student at Portsmouth in late ‘68 were marked by a sit-down strike by all pupils and young staff in an effort to shake things up a bit.

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