These are my twenty most recent works.
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The God Of Never-Born Things
I was inspired by the egg collection in the Attic. Just like everything else there, they gave their lives for science though of course they never had lives since they weren't born. To me they represent thwarted potential, so to have a god of their own to remember them seemed like a kindness they were owed.
This one was taken near Dolbadarn Castle:
Stream Of Consciousness #1
Anubis And Son
Maturity Is Overrated
And I’m ok with that.
I’m happy being an artist, happy being a guy who listens to punk rock and only owns one pair of Sensible Trousers (my work costume). I collect pop vinyl figures and strange little plastic toys, and I’ll likely never own a wine collection or a leather lounge suite.
The title comes from one of my best tracks when I was recording under the name Sharkweek. I have a few versions of the song on my Bandcamp site but this live version is my favourite: Robospacejesus from Swimming With Live Sharks by Sharkweek.
Bumblebaa is the name of his little gang of friends at school (and I’m sure they’d hate being described like that). They like bees and they run around playing games in worlds of their own imagining. I can understand that feeling – hell, I yearn for it some days – so I’ve tried to capture that in the collage I made with a Dali-painted canvas and collaborative image selection.
Contrary to the instructions on an airplane safety card, being a good father means putting your son’s mask on first. You need to accept and embrace the possibility of sacrifice, putting your child’s needs before your own and going without oxygen if necessary in order to sustain them. Of equal importance is showing them how to keep themselves safe and take care of their own basic needs.
The tunnel / airlock symbolizes the journey from childhood to adulthood, as a father guides his son along the path, eventually setting him free to explore on his own, well-prepared and confident.
One of the best things about being a Dad is making great memories – having silly fun together and taking photos of weird and wonderful things, photos you can look back at later and share another laugh about.
At the top we have the helicopter Dad. He’s guiding his son’s rocket, being everywhere at once and engineering little successes that will help to build the boy’s confidence.
And last but not least, there’s a floating Dad in the middle firing his retro-rockets, so to speak, because being a Dad is also about fart jokes, right?
This piece feels really cohesive because it’s about something very specific and of course also because all the people come from the same source material.
Since I'm such a creature of habit, it felt odd to not work on a black canvas, they are pretty much all I've worked on over the last few years.
The psychedelic background on this is actually made from the leftover paint I used on black canvases! I'd flick some onto the black canvas and then pour the rest onto this one. I love that the colours ran together, they remind me of 1960s light shows with oil on projectors.