Set 1 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’ a Saga cruise liner, each deck is has artworks from one british artist.
This project was titled ‘in time of roses (and other flowers)’ after a line in the poem ‘in time of daffodiles(who know..’ by E. E. Cummings. Having grown up near the New forest I have always had a love of forests and finding unusual flowers and plant formations. In this series, I explore classic botanical drawing and look for a dramatic new twist in my compositions and colouring. The subject I have chosen to study as the centre of this work is the well known, common British flowers and the life that they sustain. These are a classic symbol of the English seasons and the variation in nature as a whole. I have taken plants that people viewing the artwork might know and see on a daily basis, I have tried to take this well known subject matter and put them in a different light. The character of each plant show an individual quality unique and fascinating once they’re stripped of their cliched formalities and surroundings.
Each artwork is hand carved in lino and hand printed in relief, colour is then added as a separate layer, and the artwork is then printed as a large fine art Giclée print on Hahnemühle acid free paper.
Saga Set Two
Set 2 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga Set Three
Set 3 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga Set Four
Set 4 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga set five
Set 5 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga set six
Set 6 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga Set Seven
Set 7 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Saga Set Eight
Set 8 of my 48 commissioned art works to decorate a deck of ‘Spirit of Discovery’.
Specially commissioned for a client’s birthday from her family. This is a multilayered linocut of Pendle Hill in Lancashire. For more on this project and a bit about the process behind it, check out my blog!
Illustrating articles for Delayed Gratification, including stories on illegal guns trade in Panama, the murder Bruce Alan Liitleton and the lengths he went to to fake his own death, dancing made illegal in certain areas of Japan and public radio helping democracy in Oman.
Spot illustrations for Ernest Journal’s series on pieces of classic clothing and their history.
Personal project illustrating one of my favourite books, Sherlock Holmes. I have Illustrated a front cover and end page as well as one image for each story A Scandal in Bohemia, The Man with the twisted lip and The Musgrave Ritual.
Two commissions made for Structo Magazine, one a fully illustrated issue with an interview with Margret Atwood, an article on the life of Jean Rhys and illustrated cover and end pages. The other is a one page illustration of short story ‘The incidental’ by Keir John Pratt, expressing the loss of a father and the inheritance of a book collection.
Two linocuts made for Ernest Journal, illustrating J. A. Baker's excerpt article from 'the peregrine' in 'Through the eyes of a falcon.' Issue 5.
Commission for New Philosopher Magazine accompanying an article on Victor Hugo.
Lost in london
Illustrating an article arguing in favour of reintroduction of the Goshawk and other birds of prey back into London.
Based on Two poems by Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers for Quint Magazine in Dubai.
Make me cry Say something saffron and crushed velvet that will crush me. It's been so long since I leaked from the cracked clay of cheekbone. I've become hardened and coarse, barren barely recognizable. Nothing moves me anymore. Sing me a novella through ghostlike windpipe. Vibrato me to weeping. Tell me a poem that will make the demons inside me snap their fingers and leave me in shame and repentance. May the Lord forgive them and solder angels' wings to their spiked spines. Give me an image that makes me remember why I'm here tonight. Wake me out of this fool's gold doldrums where cubic zirconium stars dangle from thin strings and tumble on to dull drums. When that first tear falls, don't be tempted to wipe it. Let it trickle down and do a rain dance like the indigenous so that more will be summoned Some will drip from my chin. Others will run down my neck under my shirt down my chest leg toes and form a puddle in the web between them. Let the dust there become fertile mud where a seed can be planted and a new life can begin. But first you have to bring me back to humanity, un-Frankenstein me and make me cry.
The Phenomenology of Roundness Life is most definitely round. I stopped chasing my future when I found it in my back pocket after taking my clothes out of the wash the other day. It was hidden in the lint and blue jean matter. I no longer get teary-eyed when my past pants in my ears like a loose hyena. I reminisce my grandfather's laughs in the present tense although his tombstone where he lies lies and says he is long gone. Time is cyclical, and Westerners are dying earlier from the depressing effects of believing it is linear. Certain African tribes call it zamani, the "now-ness of time". I call it the roundness of time because that just sounds cooler. I will name my first daughter Zamani although my wife will call it "ghetto" and swear that I will be cursing her to a life of unemployment. I will tell her to get "o-ver" it and laugh at my own inside joke. Our universe is but one sud in a soda can. Nipples aren't erogenous zones but baby bulls' eyes. When someone calls you zero or rates you as such, take solace in the fact that they compared you to something round. Nothing squarish is cool except some board games. Octagons mean to halt. Triangles force you to be cautious. Rectangles sound like accidents and getting caught in snares. Circles claim the sun, earth, cells, and wombs as their shape-bearers. Eggs are this shape and so are buttons that fasten and unhinge. Want to have an equitable meeting? Set chairs in a circle. Get around to it. Want to tell someone you understand? Tell them, "Oh". Look in the mirror and say it to see what shape your lips make. Form your mouth in a round fashion to give the ultimate satisfaction to your man. Men get slapped by their spouses for getting distracted from roundness. Ditch the stop lights and take the round-a-bout. Look around you and all you will see is round.