Shortly after the 2009 Epsom Derby, I had an idea to immortalise the Irish thoroughbred racehorse Sea The Stars in not one, but two oil paintings. Firstly, I wanted to depict the horse in majestic galloping form, with jockey, Mick Kinane mounted and mid-race pose.
The second was more contemporary in its appearance. A collage painting of the sea, a celestial skyscape and a silhouette of Sea The Stars dominating the centre would make up an interesting experiment, and a new way of depicting this beautiful animal.
Back in October of 2009, four artists, myself included curated and exhibited artwork with the theme of fairgrounds, and in particular, the Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair. Mop fairs have been taking place around the United Kingdom for centuries although not in its current format. The Exorcism Of The Waltzer plays on the tradition of the fairground rides at Stratford being blessed by the local priest before the Mayor of the town partakes in a ride on the nearest ‘blessed’ ride.
Vogue Composition No.1 is third painting in a series of contemporary artwork that uses Vogue fashion magazine images to create a collage that is then painted onto a canvas.
Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine made up of many components including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.
The British Vogue was the first international edition launched in 1916. As of today there are 22 international editions, and the launch the twenty-third edition, Vogue Polska in Polish, has been announced for March 2018.
This blog post is retrospectively backdated to 1990 as part of my retrospective art blog project.
100% Human Tested was the final painting of a small project based on a summer collage I created during the summer of 1989. The exercise of the project had several modules. This particular segment was to learn the skill of scaling up small images into much larger finished artworks. There are several different versions of this particular work.