Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Remember, Remember, The 5th of November.

As this year's Bonfire Night falls mid-week, and most of the firework displays will be on Friday or Saturday night, I'd like to offer you an alternative 5th November evening event.

In a fortunate instance of synchronicity I've been offered a solo show at a gallery space that I've enviously had my eye on since it opened, earlier this year. The venue is The Vaults Gallery, beneath Waterloo Station. It's the latest addition to the atmospheric, 30,000 sqft, underground, multi-disciplinary art space that is The Vaults - which I previously knew of through the amazing interactive theatre and art events that have been hosted there.

The exhibition, Dreams of Being Batman (title taken from one of the sculptures in the show - see image below), runs from 6 - 29 November, and in it I'll be exhibiting a selection of new and earlier work; sculptures, paintings, prints, and drawings. If you'd like to have a sneak peek before the public opening then please join us on Wednesday 5th November, from 6-9pm, for the private view. Feel free to bring along friends, and to pass on this invite to anyone that you think might be interested in coming along.

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Here's the gallery description of the show:

Dreams of Being Batman draws together the artist’s recurring investigations into childhood, memory, and containment with the inevitability of decay. 

Chisnall's assemblages evoke a dreamlike melancholia that at times borders on the nightmarish. Visitors are invited to peer inside the artist's box sculptures, each a type of Wunderkammer, inhabited by familiar and forgotten curiosities. One is prompted to reflect upon the tensions between man's natural desire for mobility and his growing urge to possess that arise in an increasingly capitalist driven society. 

Dreams of Being Batman presents a selection of works, some raw and intensely textural, others kitsch and unnervingly creepy. 

The exhibition will feature Chisnall's celebrated assemblage installations alongside lesser seen works on paper. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Adam and Eve it...

October has proved to be another hectic month, art-wise. And I'm not just talking about all the art fairs, satellite shows, and art parties that made up Frieze Week – probably the busiest week in the London art calender. No, aside from all of the arty frivolities that one feels obliged to join in with (oh... what a hard life), I've been offered a solo show at The Vaults Gallery under Waterloo Station (opening night - Wednesday 5th November, 6-9pm), which I'm busily preparing for, and I've just got back from a six day trip to Moscow where I've been installing the Jameel Prize exhibition at the New Manege.

Like many artists, I also work part-time for one of the big art institutions. In my case it's as an art handler/technician for the Victoria and Albert Museum here in London. One of the perks of working for the VandA is that I not only get to handle some of the world's greatest artworks and treasures, but I'm also able to work on the installs and de-installs of the museum's international touring exhibitions.

Luckily, on my last day in Moscow, I managed to find a few hours to go exploring the city's art galleries and amazing architecture. Here's a photo of me crossing the Moskva River with the stunning Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background.

Now that I'm back in London I'm busily assembling everything ready for my own show, Dreams of Being Batman (taken from the title of one of my early sculptures). This includes finishing off new work, getting it framed, packing everything ready for transport, and collecting pieces that have been on loan to various galleries and companies. Yesterday I popped down to Brighton to collect my Planetoid 210 sculpture from Henri Gomez of Dynamite Gallery (look out for the gallery's re-launch at a new venue in January). 'Planetoid 210' is the poster-boy my new show, so it seemed pretty important that I definitely got him back in time. The exhibition will be a selection of new and old work; sculptures, paintings, prints, and drawings.

One of the pieces that I've just finished in time for inclusion in the show is a painting called 'The Koople'. It's based upon a couple, Margarita and Osage, who appeared in a video interview by the nudist activist, Gypsy Taub. I don't know if it was because of the vulnerability of the couple's nudity but I was quite taken with their sincerity and openness, as if the act of removing clothes had also stripped away any conversational pretence.

In my painting of the couple I've modified their arms and turned them into tentacles – an element that crops up in much of my work. Maybe it was a mixture of the nudity and the garden setting but when I watched the video I thought of Adam and Eve. So when I came to doing my contemporary take on humanity's 'mum and dad', instead of adding a serpent to the picture I allowed their altered arms to take on the role of the metaphor for original sin.

As you can see in the photos, I'm still working with found materials; the same sort of found materials that I often use in my sculptures. In this case I've painted on one of the doors that I rescued from the skip outside my last studio.

As is often the way when making art, you'll get part way through the process and hit a point where you have to make a decision to either stop, carry on on the path that you originally intended, or take the work in a different direction. This image of the unfinished painting shows the point (before I added the black line-work) at which I was tempted to stop, purely because I liked the simplicity of the image – where there's just enough elements for the viewer to work out what it is. But then I reasoned that I can simply paint another version later, without the black line-work. Maybe it could even work as a screen print.

Invite to Dreams of Being Batman exhibition.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Norito Interview

A few weeks ago a couple of the lovely folks from Norito popped round to my studio to interview me. Well, I say interview – it was mostly me just gabbering away, trying not to loose my train of thought, and gesticulating like a crazy person.

In this video snippet from our chat I'm mostly talking about one of my current projects, 'Tattooed Tumour Box'. A transcript of the full interview and pictures of more of my work can be found here. The oil paintings behind me, in the video, aren't mine by the way. They're by the wonderful artist, Yuko Nabeta, with whom I share a studio.

In case you didn't know, Norito is a global entertainment organisation that was established to promote arts and entertainment and to provide an inside look into the lifestyles of people from different creative fields.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

'Scenes of Mild Peril' – The Scaramanga Six

Okay, there's no confirmed release date yet but those northern music monkeys, The Scaramanga Six are at it again. Never ones to rest on their laurels, their latest creative outpouring comes in the form of 'Scenes of Mild Peril', a fourteen track , live-in-session CD/DVD. This two-disc package includes four brand new songs, and features my sculpture, 'Nail Box'. Ahh! Bless his spiky little heart... now he's on an album cover he thinks he's a rock star.

Trying to describe this gloriously eccentric rock, pop quartet (possibly quintet – it's hard to keep track), I found my inner muso tragically still born, so instead shamelessly lifted the following info (alas, I'll never make it into journo heaven) from the Scaramanga's own site.

 'The Scaramanga Six is the brainchild of headstrong siblings Paul and Steven Morricone. Not in any way like your conventional mindless rock-star filth, The Morricone brothers appear more like a pair of polite and softly-spoken, yet viciously intense and sadistic nightclub bouncers. Raised in the Westcountry seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare on an education of Stranglers records (by elder brothers) and Tony Bennett records (by their Mum), the young Morricone twins discovered there was much fun to be had in crooning and shouting in equal measures. The Scaramanga Six was finally realised in the dark & drizzly backdrop of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where the band still lurk to this very day.' 

Cover photo courtesy of photographer, Rosie Mayell.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

'Sum of Their Parts' Ends Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (7th September) is the last day you'll be able to catch the upcycling show, 'Sum of Their Parts' at the #Hashtag Gallery in Toronto, Canada. So if you're in the area then please feel free to pop along and check out the work.

I have two small sculptures, 'Despairoscope' and 'Spider Box', along with a few screen prints in the exhibition but there is also some amazing work being shown by the likes of Flavio Falena (Italy), Ben Frost (Australia/Canada), Melissa Moffat (Canada), My Dog Sighs (UK), Aaron Rinas (Canada), Jason Rowland (USA), What Have I Done Now (UK), and the co-curators, Johnny Hollick (#Hashtag Gallery founder) and Rob Collinet (See The Ghost).

Last day of show - September 7th
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#Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas Street West (south side), Toronto, ON. M6J 1V2.

For all media inquiries and questions: johnny[at]

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Half Price Print Sale (all of September)

Two blog posts in one day – this has gotta be a record for me.

My birthday month is almost upon us (yes, I greedily choose the celebrate my birthday over a wider time scale than some. In fact, as a friend's wedding will also be falling within September, I plan to hijack his celebrations too) so to celebrate I'm having a 50% off sale on all of my prints on paper.

The regular, eleven months of the year, prices are in-keeping with that of the galleries that sell my work for me, but September is a carefree month. She doesn't care about galleries and their rules. She wants to let her hair down and run naked through the.... er, sorry... where was I? Oh yes! September – half price prints sale!

So, from tomorrow onwards, until September 30th, my Swirly Skulls (black and white) screen print will be £60, Swirly Skulls on Pink will be £70, Morphed Components (my personal favourite, and now tying in with my current sculpture project – see previous post) will be £80, and the Spidey Pods screen prints will be £100 each.

So if you'd like one of my screen prints while they're still half price drop me a line at and I'll exchange you a big bit of paper for some smaller ones.

Tattooed Tumour Box - Progress Report #1

Most of the structural work for my new sculpture, Tattooed Tumour Box, is already built. It's now just a matter of coming up with the drawings, transferring them onto the numerous plywood sections, and then assembling the work.

The time consuming stages now are going to be coming up with the new drawings, which are mostly based upon sketches of found objects that I've been collecting, along with elements of my existing sculptures, and bits that I just make up as I go along (all morphed together). Although the act of getting the drawing onto the sculpture can be very laborious in itself, as I first have to sketch out the idea, trace it in ink onto tracing paper, re-draw over the lines on the tracing paper when I transfer the image to the plywood, then re-draw it again when I ink in the final image on the sculpture's surface. It's a bloody good job that I enjoy what I do!
As this isn't exactly going to be five minute affair I thought that I'd post some images from various stages of the process as it progresses. Above is a photo of one of the sides of the main cube section of the sculpture, after the final inking-in stage. 

All the drawings that I'm making for this project take their lead from an earlier drawing that I came up with, called Morphed Components, and it's this drawing that forms the starting point for the sculpture's 'tattoo'. In the top right-hand corner of this scan of the inked-up tracing you can see that I've indicated the area where one particular section of the drawing folds back over another part of the same drawing, as it moves around a corner section of the sculpture. This is proving to be an 'interesting' aspect of the process that I'm quickly learning to factor in.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

SUM OF THEIR PARTS - Toronto Exhibition.

It seems I'm getting a bit exhibition greedy this month. Not content with being in just one art show, four days before my work comes down at Candid Gallery in Islington, London on 25th, I'll be exhibiting work at the #Hashtag Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Co-curatored by Johnny Hollick (#Hashtag Gallery founder) and Rob Collinet (See The Ghost), the show features work by a selection of international mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage artists; all linked by their passion for upcycling.

As well as work from the co-curators, the show will feature pieces from Flavio Falena (Italy), Ben Frost (Australia/Canada), Melissa Moffat (Canada), My Dog Sighs (UK), Aaron Rinas (Canada), Jason Rowland (USA), What Have I Done Now (UK), and more besides.

For my part I'll be exhibiting two small sculptures, 'Despairoscope' and 'Spider Box', along with a few screen prints.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the opening reception, but if you happen to be in the area and would like to pop along then please remember to RSVP to RSVP@HASHTAGGALLERY.COM.
August 21st – September 7th
Reception August 21st @ 7pm (RSVP A MUST)
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#Hashtag Gallery
801 Dundas Street West (south side)
Toronto, ON. M6J 1V2. Canada

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Candid Arts Summer Show

From Friday 15th to Sunday 24 August I'll being exhibiting a few of my recent 2D works at the Candid Gallery's Summer Exhibition in Islington (just behind Angel tube station), London.

If you would like to join us for an early viewing of the work, over a beer or glass of wine, then pop along to the preview evening on Thursday 14th, between 6:30-9pm. And please feel free to bring along friends and family.
I dare say that I'll be continuing the celebrations afterwards, at the Old Red Lion Theatre, just over the road from Candid.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Huffington Post Article

Yesterday saw D. Dominick Lombardi's article, Repurposing With a Passion, appear in the Arts and Culture section of the Pulitzer Prize winning, digital media enterprise, the Huffington Post. The article is about recycled materials in art, and in it Lombardi asks a number of artists from around the world these four questions -

1. What sorts of materials do you recycle in your art, and where do you find them?

2. What specific incident or realization, if any, brought you to incorporate discarded materials in the making of your art?

3. What message do you hope to send to the viewers of your art in terms of esthetics and ecology?

4. Do you have a political or philosophical agenda?

Below is the section of the article that features my response to the questions asked, but to see the full article click here.

From his studio in London, England, Wayne Chisnall creates art that references such things as structure, time and Modernism as they pass through a very contemporary mindset that focuses on humor, transience, functionality and futility. There is also the presence of popular culture in his thinking, as he addresses the differences between reality and perception, and how that affects the needs, wants and even the formation of the human psyche. 

Mr. Chisnall's responses:
"Although I have used plastic toys (which I collected from regular visits to car-boot sales, long before I knew what I was going to do with them) in one of my sculptures I am normally drawn to materials that I feel have a certain 'resonance'. These are usually organic materials that have either interacted in some way with the environment or with people. The materials vary according to the individual project but I generally use anything from wood, metal, glass, human hair, insects to bones and teeth."

"As I prefer to use existing materials as opposed to freshly manufactured ones I tend to find my materials from all around me. This can become a slight problem however as I have a tendency to hoard more stuff than I will ever use."

"The rusty nails and screws that I used to complete my Nail Box sculpture where mostly just picked up off the ground and collected over a four year period. Although most of the nails were found here in London, a good portion of them were also collected whilst I was travelling round Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Mexico and the US. A couple of them even came from inside the dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral, when I was working there on a project."

"One of the most abundant sources of materials for me over the last decade has been the skip where I work. I'm fortunate enough to work part-time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and with it being the biggest, if not the oldest, design museum in the world it produces an interesting array of waste materials (old and new)."

"The work of animators such as the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer inspires me. As a child I grew up in awe of their dark animated short films and was hypnotized by the way in which they imbued tatty old bits of detritus with life. I don't know if this is where I gained my love of old things or if it just reaffirmed my passion for them, but either way, when I moved from 2D to 3D and started employing the use of found materials in my work, I felt that I was finally being true to myself as an artist." 

"Through my art, I hope to show that there's a richness and beauty to be found in old and used objects that isn't evident in newly manufactured goods. By using materials that already show signs of their own personal histories I hope to build narratives where much of the story telling is already in place. Used objects tend to have an evident patina which we can all comprehend and by building with ready-loaded materials we can communicate with the viewer at an already engaged level."

Monday, 7 July 2014

Tattooed Tumour Box (Work Still in Progress)

As you can see from this recent photos from my studio, my tattooed Tumour Box sculpture is progressing nicely. Most of the additional box sections have already been constructed (unless I deceide to let the piece grow totally out of control) but until I come up with the rest of the requisite drawings and transpose them to the sculpture's, now multifaceted, surface I can't actually start gluing any of the parts together. 

First I have to construct every section, work out how it will all eventually fit together, come up with a separate drawing for each section (working out how each drawing will flow over the various planes and fit in with all the drawings covering the rest of the piece), transfer each drawing to its relevant section, and only then will I get to the fun bit of sticking it all together.

One of the difficulties of constructing the individual sections in the first place is that until the sections that go before them are actually glued in place to the main body of the sculpture, it's hard to work out the dimensions for these later sections. But I suppose that the challenge is part of the fun - at least it keeps the grey matter ticking.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

My New Studio

I'm a firm believer in achieving that which I'm told 'is not possible'. My latest achievement (and even I was having doubts about this one) was the finding of a cheap, spacious, artists studio in East London. Not only in East London, but a three minute walk from my flat in Bethnal Green. Sweet!

Unfortunately, long gone are the golden days of numerous vacant warehouses and factory units that attracted so many artists to the East End in the first place. Now any large building in the area, that groups of artists have been fortunate enough to find, and use as studio space (usually at an extortionate rent, and often offering barely enough room to stroke a cat, never mind swing one), is soon bought up by the developers, knocked down, and luxury apartments built in its place. It's the age old story – artists move into a run-down/dodgy area because of the cheap rent and space to work, then galleries, hip bars and cafes start popping up around them. Soon the area becomes more interesting and socially vibrant. Then 'the beautiful people' move in, needing the right sort of homes. Enter the property developers.

Nowadays I usually manage to hang onto a studio space for about 12 months before receiving the notice to quite. With the building itself will usually have quite existing two to three months later. But this time I'm hoping that I've managed to break that cycle. My new work space is built under a railway arch, with actual trains running overhead. So little chance of the developers getting their grubby mitts on this space (although if they can, I'm sure that they will).

As you can see from this photo, on the desk front, I'm with Albert Einstein - “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Friday, 20 June 2014

Tattooed Tumour Box (Work in Progress)

I'm currently on a new drawing/sculptural piece called 'Tattooed Tumour Box'. At the moment it's little more than a wooden cube, but it will eventually have more box structures 'growing' out of it (not unlike my Crutch and Tumour Box sculpture), and be covered in a series of my morphed components sketches – all meshed together to form one fully enveloping drawing.

I had initially planned to have it ready to enter for this year's Jerwood Drawing Prize (deadline now expired), but I soon realised that coming up with the drawings alone, never mind the rest of the box structures, will probably take me a few more weeks.

The drawing element that I've already transposed to the initial cube section is taken from my Morphed Components graphite ink, screen print. And like the drawing that the print was originally based upon, this second drawing, soon to be transposed to the sculpture, is also a rendering of found objects (albeit exaggerated, and morphed together) that I've collected for possible use in future sculptures.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Summertime Skulls

In anticipation of a glorious Summer, I've had my Swirly Skull design screen printed onto a small number of colourful cotton tote bags – five of each colour.

Apart from one white on red, all the designs are printed in black. The colours of the bags are - pink, rose (light pink), violet, yellow, orange, forget-me-not (bright blue), green, grey, and red. Here are a few of them but you can see the full range by clicking on the Available Prints and Bags box at the top left-hand corner of this page. If you'd like one then get in touch at They are £8 each (plus a little bit for postage).

But if these are all a bit too colourful for your liking then I still a few of the unbleached, Earth Positive, carbon neutral, 100% organic cotton plain weave, 120 g/3.5 oz, tote shopping bags left. They too have my Swirly Skull design screen printed on the one side, and are roughly 42 x 38 cm (not counting the handles). I'm selling them at £10 (UK pounds sterling) each. If you would like one, drop me an line at and we'll sort something out.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Old Crate Paintings

I've recently been in the process of moving from my current 3D studio in Dalston, to a larger (and much closer to home) one in Bethnal Green. So whilst all the materials and equipment that I normally use for making sculptures have been boxed up ready for the move, I've been working on some paintings in my 2D studio.

For a while now I've been tinkering with the idea of doing some 2D and 3D cross-over pieces. One line of enquiry that I'm eager to pursue is a series of painted tower and box sculptures; either brightly painted in single colours, with possible tonal variations, or with intricate designs, like tattoos. However, whilst sorting through my store of old wood, I rediscovered some sections of early twentieth century packing crates that I'd been collecting. Because of their characteristic patinas, stains, and old labels, I like to use them in the construction of my box and tower structures. But this time I thought that I'd use some of the plywood to paint on. In this first one, 'Tentacle Touch Teddy', I made a start on the cross over process by depicting an image of one of my wheeled, orifice boxes on the surface of the very material that I normally use to construct the sculptures themselves. There's also something very satisfying about painting on a rough, and untreated mid-tone surface (and working with its existing idiosyncrasies), as opposed to a pristine white one.

For this second piece, which is more of a quick painterly sketch, I was fascinated by the woman's almost disproportionately long torso; a detail I then accentuated by making it a fraction longer. Apart from the black marker lines I chose not to add any dark shading to the piece, and instead let the actual colour of the plywood fill in for shadow.

With this third painting, which I'm trying to fight the urge to call 'Octopussy', I wanted to use a flat Pop Art/cartoon style to create more of a contrast between the paint and the plywood's natural surface. I also wanted to come up with a contemporary take on the traditional Shunga prints of Japan. And in keeping with the Japanese theme, I incorporated the octopus tentacle (now a heavily eroticised image in much of the material that comes out of Japan), but subverted its presence by having the woman use it for her own masturbatory purposes, as opposed to the usual phallus metaphor that has the tip end of the tentacle exploring and attempting to penetrate.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

RCA Secret 2014 Revealed

Yesterday saw this year's RCA Secret postcards go on sale. I had thought about popping along to the exhibition in the morning but then I was kindly invited by a journalist friend, Miss Holly Howe, to the Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art preview and brunch. And I'm not ashamed to say that I was a little seduced by the art, champaign, and truffle nibbles. It was then decided that the north side of the river probably held too many entertaining distractions (distractions that were to include a quick run round the Saatchi Gallery on the King's Road, watching the amazing Gravity in 3D at Soho House, and finally, drinks with friends in Clerkenwell) so we didn't venture to RCA's site in Battersea after all.
All I'll say is that I hope that all of you who queued for so long, managed to get at least one of your favourite postcards from your list.

So, now that the secret's out, regarding who made which postcard, I can reveal which from the show were mine. No great surprise, I'm sure, for anyone that knows any of my cards from previous years. This year however, I decided to give the sculptures and drawings a miss, and go for watercolours.

One of these three pieces was bought by a rather intrepid Mister Nick Lane, who (after failing to get my one sculptural postcard from last year – see image from previous post) spent a night camped out in the queue with the rest of the crazy gang. He assures me that despite the cold, it was a fun experience. I'll just have to take your word for that Nick.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

RCA Secret Postcards 2014

Tomorrow sees the opening of this year's RCA Secret, or more correctly, the Stewarts Law RCA Secret, newly re-named in honour of the show's sponsor, the law firm Stewarts Law.

For those who don't know what the RCA Secret is, here's a brief run-down (lazily lifted from the RCA's own site):

“Stewarts Law RCA Secret is an exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks, by internationally acclaimed artists plus up-and coming graduates from the Royal College of Art. It's your chance to get your hands on original works of art for a tiny price.

This year we’ll be presenting 2900 works by over 1,100 artists. We’ll be revealing the full lineup of artists when the exhibition opens on 13 March as well as images of all the postcards.

With generous contributions of new work from hundreds of artists and designers, Stewarts Law RCA Secret continues to help emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers.

Opening Times 
Exhibition open: Thursday 13 March to Friday 21 March 2014, 11am-6pm daily (late opening until 9pm on 20 March only)
Sale open: Saturday 22 March 2014, 8am-6pm.
Admission Free

Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN

The Secret
Ever wondered if you could spot a Paula Rego at 20 paces? How about a David Bailey? Each postcard in Stewarts Law RCA Secret is signed only on the back, so Collectors don't know the identity of the artists until they have made their purchases.
Proceeds to Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund.
You must have a Collector's Number to purchase a card at Stewarts Law RCA Secret. Register HERE to get one.”

As with previous years, I will be participating in the show. Here's an image of one of my entries from last year; my most 3D RCA Secret postcard yet. For anyone that knows my work (and if you don't, then this image is a bit of a clue), I don't think that this year's pieces will be too difficult to spot. But if you do need another clue then all I'll say is 'watercolours'.

Now, I'm off to find me a sponsor. Next time you encounter me I hope to be going by the name The Tesco Wayne Chisnall.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Studio Shoot by Photographer, Oliver Goodrich

Last month I was paid a visit, in my Dalston studio, by the very talented, and keen-eyed photographer, Oliver Goodrich. One of his current projects involves the documenting of artists, designers and general creative types etc. in their working environments. And when he asked if I would like to take part I had to say yes. I mean, what self-respecting, self-obsessed ego maniac would say no to the chance of free photos of themselves, shot by an accomplished photographer?

When Oliver sent me his selection of photos from the day's shoot I was impressed with the results. It was hard to whittle them down to just the three that you see here (and I probably left out the best ones, but isn't that always the way? Whenever I look at people's image selections I always think why did they choose those images – these other ones are much better), but posting more would appear a little too self indulgent. And I'm trying to keep up appearances.

As weird as it can feel, having someone point a camera at you for hours on end, the shoot was pretty relaxed. During the whole proceedings we chatted, joked, I worked (and occasionally pretended to be working), and I went through some of the hoards of materials that I use in my sculptures. In this second photo you see me showing Oliver an elastic band ball that I made in my childhood. I don't consider it a piece of artwork or anything like that, but I do love the way that the outer layers have perished over time. And it also highlights how reluctant I am to throw anything away. Who knows – maybe it will make an appearance in one of my sculptures, one day. Sometimes, I wonder if I became an artist just so that I'd have an excuse to hoard crap.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Curious Art-Pie Show – Opening Party – Thurs 6th Feb.

Thank you to everyone that kindly voted for my entry in the up-coming Curious Art-Pie Show. As a result, my Orifice Tower sculpture is now one of the exhibits in the show's rather splendid-looking line-up.

As you can see from the flyer, the exhibition's opening party starts at 6PM on Thursday 6th Feb. So feel free to come along and join us, but please remember to RSVP first at
The new gallery address (they've just relocated a couple of doors along from their previous address) is 173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8QP, just a few minute's walk from Old Street tube station.

 Art-Pie, London based bloggers collective bringing you street and modern art encounters straight on your screen, has been sponsored by Curious Duke Gallery.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Curious Art-Pie Show - Promo

Here's a short promo for next month's Curious Art-Pie Show, in which I'll be exhibiting my Orifice Tower sculpture. But be warned - before watching it (especially if you're at work), you may want to turn down the volume on your computer.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Vote for Becki McGuinness' blog - 'Coping With The Big C'

Last year I was approached by Becki McGuinness to produce an illustration for her book, Coping With The Big C, which is a collection of poems written by cancer fighters, survivors, and those who support them.

Although having been diagnosed with osteosarcoma (an aggressive bone cancer) at an early age, Becki did not allow the disease to hold her back, or define her. She has been involved with the Princes Trust, performed at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, written articles, and works with various charities. But to find out more about this amazing young woman, what she's been through, and what she's currently up to check out Becki's blog ( or follow her on Twitter. And if you'd like to help Becki further her message then please vote for her blog at this link to the UK Blog Awards.

The brief that Becki set for the illustration was pretty specific. And from the drawing that I produced you can see that, even with all the horrendous things Becki has had to go through, she still has a pretty wicked sense of humour.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Ping Pong

For the last month and a half, I've working on designs for the new Ping Pong restaurant, next to Wembley Stadium, North London. For anyone that doesn't know much about Ping Pong, they're an international restaurant chain that specialise in Dim sum. And for this project I've been working in conjunction with Andy Martin Architects who have done an amazing job on the look and feel of the building.

After numerous ideas and sketches (some of them a bit more out there than others) we settled upon a 1930's Shanghai influence for my mural design, as this tied in with the over-all vibe of the restaurant. My approach to the mural was to paint it in such a way that it looks as though the design has been up on the wall for years, and faded, and flaking off in places. This was easier to achieve in the flat areas of colour, such as the stylised, blue and white, cloud element, but a bit trickier with the tonal areas of the figure. But I'm very happy with how it turned out.

As well as the mural, I also hand-painted five large wall panels for the ladies and gents. The original designs for these were quite adventurous but in the end we realised that something a little more toned-down would work best in these areas. So I came up with a subtler image that was a sort of contemporary take on a fairly traditional oriental flower and stem design.

The piece that I most enjoyed working on during this project is a massive, 20 metre-long light box that hangs from the ceiling, in the centre of the restaurant. For this I came up with a predominantly aquatic themed design, incorporating drawings of jellyfish, octopuses, fish, seaweed, and weird forms, morphing together. This is the part of the project into which I feel I was able to inject more of my own style, and therefore really go to town on it.

Unfortunately the light box had not been installed by the time that I finished the mural so I don't have any photos of it yet. In fact, when I return in the New Year (to complete another mural for a private dinning area that has been built on-site), that will be the first time that I get to see the fully constructed light box. But until I go back and take some photos, here's a preliminary drawing that I made for one element of the piece, just to give you a feel for it. The actual light box design is quite brightly coloured, so that's another thing that I'm eagerly anticipating seeing.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Curious Art-Pie Show – VOTE NOW!

I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been voting for my entry in the up-coming Curious Art-Pie Show, which, amazingly, has now put my piece in the top three most voted for. The artwork that I've entered is my 2m tall, piece, Orifice Tower. The organisers of the show told me that it is the only sculptural entry so far. So hopefully that should stand in its favour – I think!
So if any of you kind souls out there wouldn't mind casting a vote my way (or even spreading the word) I'd be a very happy bunny. I'm sure that all of you are pretty computer-savvy, but for any fellow Luddites out there, in order to vote, you have to click on the yellow stars (1 star BAD, 10 stars GOOD) at the top left-hand side of the page of whoever it is that you want to vote for (yes, it took me quite some time before I realised this).

The closing date for casting votes is 31st December but to find out more about the show, here's some details that I lifted from the organisers' website -

Art-Pie, London based bloggers collective bringing you street and modern art encounters straight on your screen, has been sponsored by Curious Duke Gallery (CDG) and are asking you, the public, to vote in a top 50 of artists in our open submission competition for unrepresented artists to win a chance to exhibit their work in The Curious Art-Pie Show in February 2014, in CDG’s East London space.

All submissions will be live online under artists entries, giving you the chance to cast your discerning vote on these creative talents by the 31/12/2013. Your carefully chosen top 50 will then be whittled down to 20 by our panel of industry insiders, culminating in the line up for The Curious Art-Pie Show. Showcasing from 6th – 12th February 2014 in Curious Duke Gallery’s 300 year old building, we look forward to seeing you there (and your choices)!

Let the fun begin!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

White Out

I've been so busy the last month and a half, working on designs for the interior of the new Ping Pong restaurant in Wembley that I've not had much time for any blog updates of late. But I'll just give a quick mention of the group show, White Out, in which I'll be exhibiting my most recent screen print, Morphed Components.

The exhibition/event, curated by internationally renowned artist, Jill Rock, and featuring over 20 artists and performers, takes place at Hoxton's Hundred Years Gallery. Running from the 3rd December to the 9th January, the exhibition hosts a glorious array of artwork, poetry, film, music and performance art. Hopefully I'll have finished the Ping Pong design work in time to make it to the opening night on Thursday.

Here's the events schedule:

Opening: Thursday December 5th. 6:30;  CYCLOPS - performance by Jo Roberts and KMAT, plus Grassy Noel’s Journey In White, Jill Rock and Nicky Heinen’s  Be Not Afeared, and Giles Leaman Solo performance

Saturday December 7th. 7:00 – 10:30: Films by Robert Robertson, Nicky Scott Francis, Mervyn Diese

Sunday December 8th. 3pm – 6pm an afternoon of improvisation with Will Miles (flute), Matt Scott (accordion), Gabriel Keen (piano) and Ivor Kallin (viola)

Saturday 14th. 7.30 – 10.30: Jaime Valtierra programmed improvised event: ‘The Waiting’ with Eve Tenenbaum, Sofia Figurido, Eloise Carles, Grassy Noel, Jill Rock, Nicky Heinen, Yuri Pirondi, Ines Von Bonhorst, Cos Chapman

Sunday 15th. 3pm – 6pm; improvisation by Bitten By A Monkey with Steven Myers, Dylan Bates, Roland Bates…..

Saturday 21st 7:00 – 10:30 : Saturnalia – a night of mis-rule Sunday 22nd Gilgamesh 3pm – 6pm- interpretation by Richard Cardew, reading by Jill Rock accompanied by Nicky Heinen

Saturday January 4th and Sunday January 5th; post coital poetry bash

Friday, 8 November 2013


The trailer for Monster has been out for a while now but at the time I absent mindedly forgot to give it a mention. So here it is.
As you may remember from some of my earlier posts, Monster is one of the nine short films that make up the movie, Blaze of Gory. In the trailer we see actress Sandra Wer as psychopathic killer and arsonist, Stacey, and in the background, a few of the 15 paintings that I created for the film.

Monster is about a young girl locked away in a high-security mental hospital for a series of brutal crimes and is based on the writings of Blaize-Alix Szanto, who wrote a series of very disturbing stories between the ages of 12 and 15. The cast includes scream-queen Victoria Broom, and ex-Coronation Street legend Martin Hancock. The film's director is Andy Edwards, whose previous horror anthology feature, the chilling triptych "Three's A Shroud", won the British Horror Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012. 
To see stills from the set of Monster check out Paranoid Android Films on Facebook.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

My Prints at Scream Editions

It's been a couple of years since I first exhibited my sculptures at Scream; back when they were still located in their original Mayfair gallery. And now you can find my prints amongst the those of an impressive collection of artists, on the online gallery, Scream Editions.

The site sells limited edition prints by a wide range of international artists. Both up and coming, and established. Amongst the more established are names such as Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, Joan Miro, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Peter Blake, and Gavin Turk.

But I was also pleased to see the names of a few of my friends amongst the list of Scream Editions artists. Friends who's work I'm pleased to be able to truthfully say that I'm impressed with. Fantastic artists like Remi Rough, David Shillinglaw, and L G White.