This year I again had the pleasure of being involved in Green Man Festival, exhibiting and selling printed wares along with fellow UKPA artists Luke Drozd and Tommy Davidson.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the people who came visit our little marquee and purchase screenprinted art, or get involved with the live printing demo, or even just offer complimentary words on what we were doing. GM continues to be a great festival to be involved with.
This year, along with posters for selected individual acts, we created an official festival silkscreen poster – a collaborative design by myself, Luke and Tommy. These proved incredibly popular and we look forward to this being a continuing tradition for future GMs. If you missed one, or if you would like to pick up any of the individual prints we had available, the details are below:
I’m pleased to announce my popular ‘Ride Hard & Earn the Downhill‘ print (which has been out of print for a while now) has had a fresh lick of ink and is now available in a different format.
Originally, the design was created for the ArtCrank London 2011 exhibition. The first edition sold out, as did the second edition (marked with a small ‘2’ cog motif in the bottom right corner).
I’ve been asked many times if a 3rd edition was planned and after some thinking, I decided to recreate the design as an ‘Open Edition’ print (i.e. one that is not numbered) and will continue to be hand-printed by me as long as there is interest in it.
The original 2 limited editions of the print are still as limited as they ever were, so I do hope the open edition version is not something which anyone considers to lessen the value of the previous prints.
The original images actually contained a cool little easter egg which only a few people got: the barbed wire fence in the foreground was a tribute to Dutch cyclist Johnny Hoogerland who had a particularly nasty crash into some barbed wire in the 2011 Tour de France but showed amazing toughness (as the pro cyclists often do) and continued on to finish the Tour.
This new and updated version has been refreshed with some subtle changes to the art, but the main difference is (due to popular request) the size of the print, which has been reduced from the previous A2. The print is now a little over A3 in size and should be much easier to frame, as well as to find wall space for.
Ink&Paper 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up to our 2012 Ink&Paper exhibition. It is being organised by myself and the other UKPA and will take place in London in early May.
Like the first event, this will be one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary gigposter art in the UK. We’ve curated an amazing lineup of some of the best UK gigposter art talent and it includes some artists who are a little newer to the medium but no less exciting. It promises to be a great event and I’m very proud to be involved.
Come along to the private view on Friday 6th May and enjoy some complimentary fizzy booze-pops and mingle with many of the artists and doodlers involved!
Pinball Art Prints is a series set up to celebrate the bold and vibrant art of classic pinball machines.
Along with fellow print making artists Luke Drozd and Drew Millward, I was asked to create a design to be made into a silkscreen art print.
Here’s what I came up with:
And here’s some blurb about what I hoped the piece would capture:
“There’s something really compelling about the space under the glass on a pinball table. Like a miniature theme park or haunted house, full of lights and trapdoors and moving parts, waiting to be explored. I wanted to reference the feeling of that sealed, otherworldly environment and decided depicting it as a space scene would be a good way to go. Initially I started sketching out designs as if they were to be used as an actual table layout but they seemed too flat to me, like they weren’t adequately conveying the space that I wanted them to. So I came up with a more lively space battle scene in a style that might have been used as cabinet or scoreboard graphics, and the vibe seemed to click. As a designer I often have to be rather restrained with colour and composition, so it was actually a lot of fun to pile on all the elements to give it that really frenetic ‘multiball’ feel. I really enjoyed creating this piece of art and I hope it goes some way to capturing part of what makes pinball tables so enticing.”
This print is limited to a regular edition of 100, a foil variant edition of 20, and includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
18″ x 24″ 5-color print on archival, acid-free paper.
This print commemorates their forthcoming appearance at Green Man Festival and is a 3 colour, hand-printed silkscreen print in a very limited edition of 60.
For festival goers, this will be available at the UKPA Poster Tent along with posters for some of the other acts playing the festival, other gigposters, artprints, tshirts, bags, and other goodies.
Last year we had a fantastic time showing, selling & talking about our work, so myself and my fellow artists are really looking forward to it once again – if you are headed to the festival please come and say hi and see our work!
If you aren’t going to the festival, I will be keeping a small number of posters back which will go up on my online shop when I get back. Keep an eye on my Twitter stream for when these go live.
As well as a new poster for PSB, I also produced a poster for my lovely Leeds friends HOOKWORMS:
Same deal as above – available at the festival with hopefully a few left over for the shop.
Bristolians! There will be a positively grand exhibition happening in your city THIS WEEKEND, organised by the UKPA, and hosted by the warm and wonderful folk of Jacknife Studio.
It features work by some of the best gigposter and print artists in the UK today (and a rather special US guest artist) – and even some of my own work to boot. If you were present at the first Ink & Paper exhibition, which was hugely successful, then you’ll know the sort of quality to expect. If you’re around the Bristol area, definitely try and make the trip and enjoy some of the fine hospitality of the Jacknife guys and gals.
Hey you, would you like to learn how to screenprint your own prints and posters in a fun and exciting environment? Well I have just the thing!
2 Day Screenprinting Workshop – 15/16th June 2013
The 2 day course is held by myself and fellow print artist Cameron Steward, and covers the entire process of getting your design ready for print, preparing and creating screens, and screenprinting prints and posters; specific topics to be covered will be:
– Designing work using graphics software or by hand
– Making your design ‘screenprint friendly’-understanding the pros and cons of the medium
– Registration tips and tricks
– Using such techniques as trapping and overprinting
– Screenprinting accurately and at speed
– Paper types and weights
The course takes place at the West Yorkshop Print Workshop, in Mirfield (easy to get to from Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield, etc.).
We’ve had some great feedback from previous course attendees so it is as educational and it is fun.
THE Gallery at Flannels (and other venues)
68 – 78 Vicar Lane, Leeds / March 1st – May 11th
I’m very pleased to be involved in the FLYPOSTING poster exhibition once again, here in my home city of Leeds. This time it’s bigger and better than before, with more artists from around the globe and work displayed in more venues around the city.
There’s a great mix of gigposters, event posters, and art prints, and everything is beautifully framed. If you’re out and about in Leeds the main exhibition at the Gallery at Flannels, where the bulk of the work is exhibited, is certainly worth a visit to see many great prints close up with your personal eyeballs. Go do it friends!
Lot’s more information on each artist, as well as directions and other informationalisms at the website here: flyposting2.blogspot.co.uk
Thanks to Tony Baker and everyone else involved in organising the exhibition.
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