Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

120 works made between 1936 and 1954 by Henri Matisse on show at London's Tate Modern from next week. Can't wait!

From the top down;

Henri Matisse The Sheaf 1953 Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse Blue Nude (II) 1952 Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits réservés © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Travel & Leisure (US)

An unused drawing from a project I've been working on this week for Travel & Leisure (US), out soon... enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Her dir. by Spike Jonze

POLER

A drawing of some nice bags by Poler Outdoor Stuff, Portland Oregon USA.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green things!


New illustrations of some tasty green foods for a special new collaborative project coming soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Corita Kent at Galerie Allen, Paris 12th March - 19th April 2014

Last week I went to Paris to see the exhibition of screen prints by Corita Kent whose work I adore, at Galerie Allen, a new space recently opened by curator Joseph Allen Shea.

Corita Kent (November 20, 1918 – September 18, 1986), aka Sister Mary Corita Kent, was born Frances Elizabeth Kent in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Kent was an artist and an educator who worked in Los Angeles and Boston. She worked almost exclusively with silkscreen and serigraphy, helping to establish it as a fine art medium. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s.

From the top down;

Corita Kent don't back up, 1967 silkscreen on paper 76 x 91 cm Edition of 1 ex courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles

Corita Kent come alive, 1967 silkscreen on paper 34 x 58 cm Edition of 1 ex courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles

Corita Kent earth as a sign, 1962 silkscreen on paper 78 x 65 cm Edition of 1 ex courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles

Corita Kent let him easter In us # 2, 1963 silkscreen on paper 78 x 65 cm Edition of 1 ex courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gorge Walks



To imagine Dartmoor, a vast moorland in South West England, I always pictured a bleak, vaguely-rolling landscape drenched in a non-descript mist, occasionally penetrated by stray sheep and escaped prisoners. Yet after spending a few months exploring Devon beyond it being a way of getting into Cornwall, it seems Dartmoor is in fact a luscious paradise of green-things, hidden waterways, and steep, steep rainbow-lit gorges. A 3 mile walk along Lydford Gorge north of Tavistock takes you alongside the fast-flowing river Lyd, littered with (variously dramatic) waterfalls which empty into unexpected turquoise plunge pools. The whole thing appealed to the small part of me which wants to live in a damp cave, surviving on sea-kelp and sardines. Or any other non-descript wild-kinda-life which requires simple (read: not necessarily easy to come by) fuel.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shelter Magazine

I have produced some illustrations about new towns for the latest issue of Shelter Magazine, for housing and homeless charity Shelter. Commissioned by Smoke, a new marketing agency with a social purpose.

US Roadtrip Maps



A series of unpublished maps I illustrated recently for an editorial feature on US road trips.

The Grand Budapest Hotel dir. by Wes Anderson

Monday, January 13, 2014

LA

I'm going to be back in LA next week, and I'm hoping to continue the series I started shooting there on Venice Beach boardwalk on 35mm last Spring with an Olympus XA2, on some pretty out of date films I found at the back of the fridge.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Artist In Residence 2014

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as Artist In Residence for 2014 at Plymouth College of Art down in Devon. In between roaming Dartmoor for inspiration and learning to sail, I will do my best to document what I am working on while I am here!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Long Play Magazine Issue 11



I illustrated this cover for issue 11 of Finnish language 'slow journalism' magazine Long Play, which is distributed online and available for download as e-books in Finnish.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Vancouver Magazine


A little while ago I illustrated a series of portraits of chefs for Vancouver Magazine, a magazine full of articles, reviews and stories all about the Canadian city of Vancouver, which I will finally get to visit in May 2014!

Canadian Gift Association 2014 Map


I recently illustrated this map of three annual gift fairs happening across Canada, in Toronto, Edmonton & Montreal in 2014 for the Canadian Gift Association.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide





I designed & illustrated these stamps for different wine regions in the Ontario area for the Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide published in Summer 2013.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Three Man Show at 18 Hewett Street EC2A



'Three Man Show'
London group show with Tim Head, Michael Swaney & Stephen Smith (Neasden Control Centre)
ONE WEEK ONLY

Private view Tuesday 15th October, 7pm - 9pm
18 Hewett Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NN
Open 9am - 6pm , Wednesday 16th - Monday 21st (Closed Saturday)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Amy Sillman at Thomas Dane



American artist Amy Sillman has an exhibition called "either or and" on at Thomas Dane until 9th October.

Thomas Dane Gallery
3 & 11 Duke Street St James's
London SW1Y 6BN

Sillman earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Bard College in 1995. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2009. Her work has been widely exhibited and collected in public and private collections, including: The Museum of Modern Art in NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museuym and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, Tate and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A survey of her work will be exhibited in 2013 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, which will be accompanied by a catalogue.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shop



My shop is currently closed. I will be relaunching in 2014 with a brand new collection of illustrated prints, textiles & ceramics which I am currently working on. Please join my mailing list if you'd like to be kept up to date!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Esquire Magazine

Another map I illustrated recently for Esquire Magazine, this time of Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Urban Wandering


This weekend I went to see 2 films & screentalks which were part of the fantastic Urban Wandering series at the Barbican; Will Self talking about how social housing since the 1930s and the potential impact of war upon the way we view it now; and Mike Leigh talking about his film Naked.



I've been eagerly anticipating this series for months now and excited about what's still to come... including Swandown, directed by Andrew Kötting.



From 18 September to 2 October the Barbican presents Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape, a season of contemporary and archive feature films and documentaries, including talks and panel discussions. The season focuses on ideas related to a heightened awareness of the city environment, something often encapsulated in the concept of ‘psychogeography’ by writers, artists and filmmakers including Iain Sinclair, Will Self, Stephen Poliakoff, Owen Hatherley, Will Raban, Manu Luksch, Emily Richardson and Patrick Keiller, who all feature in this season that considers how war-time bombings, migration and economic growth have brought changes to the city.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mira Schendel



I was so happy to discover the work of artist Mira Schendel, through her show opening at Tate Modern later this month. I love the mix of bold, skewed combinations of pure shapes & colour, up against elaborate & complex webs of energy, which pull letterforms in all directions. Her work is playful, yet certain of when to stop. I am also drawn to the way she collaborated and mixed with poets, sculptors, critics etc, to form something of a 'movement' without the label. I am pretty uninformed about her work, but deeply moved by what I've seen so far, and can't wait for the show to open.

Mira Schendel was born in Zurich in 1919 and lived in Milan and Rome before moving to Brazil in 1949. She settled in São Paolo in 1953, where she married Knut Schendel, and where she lived and worked until her death in 1988. Although brought up as a Catholic, Schendel was persecuted during WWII for her Jewish heritage. She was forced to leave university, due to anti-Semitic laws introduced inItaly, and flee to Yugoslavia.

Schendel’s early experience of cultural, geographic and linguistic displacement is evident in her work, as is her interest in religion and philosophy. She developed an extraordinary intellectual circle in São Paulo of philosophers, poets, psychoanalysts, physicists and critics – many of them émigrés like herself – and engaged in correspondence with intellectuals across Europe, such as Max Bense, Hermann Schmitz and Umberto Eco. Among key exhibitions featuring Schendel’s work were the first and numerous subsequent editions of the São Paulo Bienal; the 1968 Venice Biennale; a solo show at the Galeria de Arte SESI, São Paulo (1997); and Tangled Alphabets with León Ferrari at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009).

Monday, September 9, 2013

Esquire Magazine



A map I illustrated of Melbourne, for Esquire Magazine.

Modern Farmer Handbook


So pleased to finally be able to announce the launch of the new Modern Farmer Magazine, and the illustrations I produced for the cover and inside of the Handbook earlier in the Summer. Available in UK news-stands from tomorrow!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Frances Ha dir. by Noah Baumbach



When I was a child I discovered we had a well in our garden. It was completely sealed with a cast iron cover so I could only imagine dropping glistening coins down it which (I decided) wouldn't make a sound for hundreds - maybe thousands - of years. At some point, the lid was removed and I stood beside it, took the deepest breath I'd ever taken, dropped a much more freely available pebble, and waited. After a disappointing few seconds, I heard a noise. Undeterred, I repeated the experiment. And again, and again, and again. At some point I must have come to terms with the idea that this well was not the magical, limitless, infinite chamber of promise that I had hoped it would be, because I stopped throwing things down it. But over time various manifestations of this belief would continue - when no one was watching I would dig holes all over my parents garden believing - not expecting - that I would find Australia.

Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach is the kind of rare film (book / play / poem) which makes me really dig my heels in and commit even more deeply to the idea of doing something because you believe in it, not because it makes any sense, or that someone else did it before. But even so, sometimes it's good to do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Temporary Whims at The Fish Factory, Falmouth



I was invited by fellow illustrator Simon Peplow, to exhibit a new drawing from my sketchbook along some other great names in a show called Temporary Whims, which opens tonight at The Fish Factory gallery in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GQ (DE)

Throughout 2013, I have been illustrating a monthly drinks column for GQ Magazine in Germany. Here's a few of the drinks I've drawn so far (although I haven't tried any yet - the one at the top which comes with a slice of bacon looks interesting)