Archive for June, 2009

On Twisted Wings – hand finished screen prints / a selection

June 17, 2009

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“How I yearn to throw myself into endless space and float above the awful abyss” Goethe

 

I have been looking at the idea of flight, both real and metaphorical in my work for the past few years. The idea started with my diving girls series, it has developed and grown into thoughts on fleeing, departing and the desire to escape drudgery. The holiday is the most obvious expression of escapism, peaking with the construction of theme parks and disney land but escapism manifests throughout culture in more subtle ways, scientific, technological and commercial. Most of our collective endeavors are a desire to distance ourselves from the lowly animal status of our species here on earth.  Hearing about the tower jumpers of the Middle Ages  – men dressed in homemade wings throwing themselves off towers in the name of flight research is a classic example of mans inability to accept his circumstances, ie I am a human but I want to be able to fly like a bird too. In my work I want to capture that feeling of abandonment from reality and also underlie some of the dystopian effects that such an approach brings.

 

“On Twisted Wings” is  a series of works, made using the screen print process which are part of a family whilst also having some individual elements and unique qualities to each print.  I wanted to retain some of the spontaneity of my studio practice by combining hand painting with screen printing, switching back and forth between the layers. I don’t plan my paintings but start with a vague idea or primary image in my head and react in a pretty organic way daily to the marks/ images I have done the day before and I approached this print project in the same way.  

Thanks to Dface for encouraging the project, Ronzo for letting me into his studio, Jaime for being the best assistant and all the rest of the Stolen Space crew for continued support. 

p.s. keep an eye on Stolen Space for release details.

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Citizen K Magazine

June 16, 2009

Untitled-1My paintings get a mention in the current issue of Citizen K magazine, pgs 146&7

Rojo Magazine

June 13, 2009

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The current issue of Rojo magazine features a few pages of my paintings, alsoan artist I really like Oliver Vernon plus lots more.

Failed Rockstar

June 13, 2009

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The lovely and talented Robert Phoenix interviewed Conor and I one day in the depths of last winter for the re- launch of website Failed Rockstar.

Screen Prints / under construction

June 5, 2009

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For the last few days I’ve been working on my hand finished prints. Check back to see some finished (hopefully) next week.