Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Chase


Bullitt (1968) Directed by Peter Yates
The French Connection (1971) Directed by William Friedkin

Monday, 21 December 2015

Fortune in Bengaluru


A view from the hotel Fortune Select JP Cosmos Bengaluru India ahead of the Itinerant Illustrator Exhibition at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. The image immediately had parallels with the series of drawings made for the exhibition - a scene fragmented when viewed through venetian blinds. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Cardboard Citizens


Drawings done for the London headquarters of Cardboard Citizens translated as a print for This is Change exhibition at ONCA Gallery Brighton.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Casino de Monte-Carlo


"I avoid looking back. I prefer good memories to regrets."
Grace Kelly
One of my first experiences of the continental as a child was watching on television John Frankenheimer's 1966 film Grand Prix.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Weekend


"...and you moved at fifty-five miles an hour towards the lights that kept growing, not knowing why all this hurry, why this mad race in the night amongst unknown cars, where no one knew anything about the others, where everyone looked straight ahead, only ahead."
The Southern Thruway, Julio Cort├ízar

Thursday, 10 September 2015

A Summer Draws to an End


'On the earth, even in the darkest night, the light never wholly abandons his rule. It is diffused and subtle, but little as may remain, the retina of the eye is sensible of it.'
Jules Verne

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

WarGames


A collaboration with artist Irene Fuga that was exhibited at the Berliner Kunstsalon 2007. Similar to a commission that I did with Christoph Niemann for The New York Times there was a thrill in letting someone else reinterpret the drawing.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

My Beauty, My Own


 My beauty, my own
 My only Venice - this is breath! Thy breeze 
 Thine Adrian sea-breeze, how it fans my face!
 Thy very winds feel native to my veins,
 And cool them into calmness.
 George Gordon Noel Byron

Monday, 17 August 2015

A Sense of Place


A drawing composited on the photocopier from the summer of 1999 as a response to moving into Mayfair London.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Olympic Twilight




A view from Hackney Wick across towards the Olympic Park at Stratford London.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Itinerant Observations





Responding to the travel writing of Nicolas Bouvier's The Way of the World, the series of drawings are based upon a journey across Iran in the 1950's. I was interested in the traveller's half glimpse visions of cities, flickering scenes of architecture viewed across the landscape, impressionistic in tone of partially remembered cities and colours. Using archival reference material of palaces and gardens, I used seeped-out colours to depict transitory memories. The ink of the felt tip pens used will naturally be affected by the light in time, not unlike chemical-based photography - the drawings are not entirely fixed. The compositions of lines create tonal shapes that interplay with representation and abstraction, to make the drawings transparent, almost ethereal, yet recognisable.
First appeared in The Itinerant Illustrator exhibition at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore India 2014.
Published in BEAT 6: The Eland Edition by Heart Artists' Agent 2015 ISBN 978-0-9546383-6-8

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Daily Practice of Drawing #2





Outside of the commercial aspect of my practice there is a constant need to explore themes & ideas personal to myself. Fed constantly through research it is important to have personal work running alongside commissions. At times I will return to a subject matter or re-translate previous drawings through processes to continue the enquiry. In this way I begin to identify & understanding my working process & the obsessions that drive the work.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Love is Something Eternal


"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence."
Vincent van Gogh

Friday, 24 April 2015

The House on the Borderland


"It was a place shunned by the people of the village, as it had been shunned by their fathers before them."
William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bullitt


Whilst Peter Yates' 1968 film Bullitt is perhaps best remembered for the high speed car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco, the final scene has the character Bullitt chasing Ross on foot across the busy runways at San Francisco International Airport - Ross is eventually shot dead in the Terminal building whilst running through the exit doors.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Studio


"Studio Ghosts: When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting they walk out. And if you're really painting you walk out."
Philip Guston

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Travel in Mind


'A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.'
John Steinbeck

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

In Cold Psilocybin


"The urge to escape from selfhood and the environment is in almost everyone almost all the time".
Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Drawing Test Sheet


One of the colour test sheets produced whilst making the drawings for the Itinerant Illustrator exhibition in Bangalore India 2014.