Artist Trading Card #8

An old series, mid-late 1990s. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these, hoping it will inspire me to complete some playing card collages I’ve had in my “to do” pile for a long time.

If ever there was a situation that called for “fetching the vicar” (click the thumbnail for full-size image), then this is it!

Artist Trading Card #5

An old series, mid-late 1990s. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these, hoping it will inspire me to complete some playing card collages I’ve had in my “to do” pile for a long time.

I can’t be 100% sure since it was so long ago, but I think I created these in the order I’ve been posting them. Each one feels like an improvement on the last.

Artist Trading Card #2

An old series, mid-late 1990s. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these, hoping it will inspire me to complete some playing card collages I’ve had in my “to do” pile for a long time.

I love the speech bubbles in this one, they crack me up. The smiley little people are just so happy about feeling queasy.

Artist Trading Card #1

An old series, mid-late 1990s. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these, hoping it will inspire me to complete some playing card collages I’ve had in my “to do” pile for a long time.

This isn’t the best of the series, but I wanted to post them in the order I made them. Well, the order I named the scanned files, anyway!

Elvis Ex Machina

In which a collage is resolved by the unexpected intervention of Elvis.

A lovely piece on paper, mid-late 1990s. The background is some groovy wrapping paper and I’ve added not-too-many elements from a range of sources: photos, scientific illustrations, 19th century engravings.

I’m an occasional fan of Elvis the singer, but much more a fan of Elvis the quasi-deity. I feel like he was the first rock ‘n’ roll superstar and the worship bestowed on him by his devotees places him right up there with Jesus and the Beatles as the gods of the 20th century.

With this in mind I visited Graceland in 1998 and paid homage at the #1 shrine to the King, which incidentally is also a great shrine to the excesses of 1970s interior design.

As well as learning about Elvis’ life and his awesome taste for Vegas kitsch, we learned that he once had his chef serve meatloaf every night for a year, and marveled at a sculpture of Elvis in the style of Michaelangelo’s ‘David’, but with a substantially heftier package, if you know what I mean!

Bats In The Belfry

This is your brain on pink.

I first discovered the fun of using fruitbats in collages when I did an album booklet for my friend Keith many years ago. They’re sweet and demented-looking little creatures and these pictures were taken when they were hanging upside down. Invert them and hey presto! Instant weirdness.

This piece isn’t about anything in particular, just pretty shapes and patterns.

I think I still have the original canvas is anyone wants it, a steal at $100.