I've always been very interested in hidden patterns. This was inspired by as a student learning about Spread Spectrum communications during an electronic engineering course. Similarly the book The Bible Code. Hidden patterns which can only be revealed with maths. These block prints use the seven component colours. The pattern is generated by a three-bit pseudo random sequence. I'm also becoming very interested in wooden block prints. Great for making greeting cards.
Block Prints 4-6
The idea of reducing wood cutting prints to their bare minimum still interests me. Let the natural grain of the wood be the pattern. I also became intersted in digital glitch art. "Glitches" have been introduced by folding the paper back on itself to create a space which not only breaks up the image, but in the case of diagonals offsets it. £90 for set of three framed
Block Prints 7-8
Further adventures with minimalist wood cuttings. I'm still playing with glitches, although I think this could be my last one. Two pieces seem to have achieved all I set out to. £40 for set of two unframed
The Office Tower
This building in the Whitehall/St George area of Bristol has fasinated me for a while. It is on the edge of an industrial estate surrounded by houses. It is so out of place, towering above everything else. There is no way it would have got planning permission these days. It is also largely diserted with only Maverick Studios rehersal room on the lower floors. Maybe that is why I like it, aspects of The New Old and the contrast between it and its surrounding. I hope the orange lines help to highlight that fact. For some reason I was going through a bit of an orange phase while doing these. Not for sale
Food Equals Love
As any parent or grandparent will tell you, love is best showed by stuff their children/grandchildren with food. This collage is made from cuttings from vintage housekeeping magazines behind a copy of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture.
Living The Dream
One of my earlier experiments with mixed media. All about chasing a lifestyle of spending. To quote Destiny's Child (yeah not often that happens!) "if I surround myself with positive things..."
One of the iconic sights that greets visitors to Bristol is the long disused Royal Mail postal sorting office next to Temple Meads train station. This is my tribute printed on used envelopes.
The New Old 1
Even the relatively new can quickly become dated and old. This is a build on the Broomhill Industrial estate in Bristol and I sometimes run past. It's in a beautiful state of disuse, although there has been some activity near it recently. It's probably 1970s build, so only about 40 years old, but because of the style and condition is regarded as old.
Repeat Until Funny
Inspired by an phrase often by Mark Radcliffe and Mark Reily when they were on Radio 1 known as Mark and Lard. The background is composed of the top ten comedy catch phrases repeated over and over again.
In Print We Trust
Even though everyone is calling the end of the book, they are still often quoted and referenced. The background is composed of titles of the Penguin paperback classics.
To be honest, yes I do enjoy getting drunk. Am I in love with alcohol? That's harder to say. The heart is made out of MDF and covered in the labels of cider and wine bottles. Maybe it should be more of a love/hate relationship.
Self Portrait Number 33
No, I've not previously created 32 self portraits, but in November 2010 at the age of 33 this is how I felt.
This collage is about my father's upbringing - on which he has a lot to say.