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.

Propaganda TV

Fake news in all its horrific glory.

I made this years before Trump and his “fake news” horseshit came along. Having said that though, I’m talking about the same kind of biased reporting that he is, just from the opposite side of the political spectrum.

The only regret I have about this piece is using the bible quote at the bottom:

“My house is the house of prayer but ye have made it a den of thieves” – Luke 19:46.

That feels a wee bit heavy-handed – it’s quite a stretch to think of modern journalism as ever being like “a house of prayer”! I was probably imagining it said by Hunter S Thompson on a rant about the purity of investigation and reporting or some such thing….

Order a print via http://www.warpart.co.nz/?page_id=291 or contact me if you’re interested in the original canvas.

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights

Nothing good grows in this garden.

Obviously I owe a great debt to Hieronymus Bosch for the inspiration, and for the blatant theft of his title.

This is quite an old piece but includes some creatures with swapped heads, a technique I used more frequently in later pieces. I particularly like the tarsier-headed gardener – the freaked-out look on his face is just perfect for a garden such as this!

Tiananmen Duck

A complete sidestepping of any political comment on Tiananmen Square.

I chuckle whenever I look at this piece – the idea of Jesus feeding a roast turkey to little ducklings appeals to my perverse sense of humour.

I really love to add sinister little touches to what appears at first to be a sweet and innocent scene.

Original collage on paper for sale. Order a print via http://www.peterlewiscollage.com/?page_id=291