Saturday, December 21, 2013
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
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
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
'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
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
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
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
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
A map I illustrated of Melbourne, for Esquire Magazine.
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
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
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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)
Last month I did some editorial illustrations and cover for the Shop The Globe feature in AFAR Magazine (US).
Friday, July 26, 2013
Photos from a little road trip around the coast of Cornwall on some of the most beautiful days I've ever seen on our little isle. Surfing, hiking, camping, rockpooling, frog-chasing, wild springs, campfire cooking, falling asleep staring at the moon and being awoken by the sun.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sunset-hikes overlooking the Black Mountains and onto Wales, during some much-needed time out from London-town whilst working on drawings for an exciting new project about contemporary farming - in the best place for it!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
In October 2012 I visited the Isle of Wight for the first time, partly intrigued by an abandoned holiday camp I'd heard about several years ago. I didn't know what it was called or where on the island to find it, but it turned up after a few days (holiday camps were designed to be found easily). This is a short series of photographs I shot on an Olympus XA2 35mm camera about the island.