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I’m very proud to have created a piece of work for this official Monty Python tribute exhibition.

The opening is this Friday in Leeds from 6pm, at the Northern Monk Brewery (Facebook Event page here).

My contribution is an 8 colour screenprint featuring Tim the Enchanter from MP’s Holy Grail. As an added bonus to make each print completely unique, there is a little killer rabbit printed on each one in a completely different place. This was a time consuming and technical print but I am really pleased with how it came out.

Here’s a little preview…

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INK & PAPER 2

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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!

It will be held at Stour Space gallery and is happening with the generous sponsorship of Awesome Merchandise, Lagunitas Brewing, eFrame, and British Underground.

Hope to see you there!

 

Dot Spread Print Fair – 27 June 2015

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I’ll be showing and selling some of my printed wares at a new independent print fair happening here in Leeds.

Saturday 27th June 2015 is the date, Wharf Chambers is the venue, and 12 – 5pm is the time when you’ll be able to see lovely work by myself and a number of other artists, print designers, & illustrators.

Come on down, chat to the artists directly about their work, and pick up some some afordable pieces of art for your walls.

Check out the Dot Spread Facebook page here for up to date info.

INK & PAPER BRISTOL – May 16-17

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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.

See the Facebook event page here.

Laynes Espresso – Leeds Coffee Shop

 

Fans of great coffee may be pleased to know that a small selection of my framed prints are now on the walls of Laynes Espresso, in Leeds. It’s run by some great guys and gals, who really know their stuff, and they serve the best coffee you will find in Leeds — if you’ve not paid them a visit before, they are very close to the train station – have a look at their site for the address which you can no doubt convert into an interweb-magic-map.  www.laynesespresso.co.uk

The prints themselves are all for sale at very reasonable, ready-framed prices. Interested parties should simply get in touch with me and swift arrangements can be made. Cheers!

Fantastic Mr. Fox Print

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My Fantastic Mr. Fox print is done! This was one of those projects where I felt like I had to discard a lot of ideas and start down a lot of dead-end paths before ending up with the right idea in the end. It can sometimes be hard work but I’m really pleased with the final result so it was worth it.

Some thoughts on the decisions I took during the process: I knew I wanted the print to feature the famous tree which has graced the illustrations of both Donald Chaffin and Quentin Blake. Mr Fox under his tree is just one of those enduring images which rather beautifully crosses over from the book into the Wes Anderson film adaptation — it was also a real tree near where Dahl wrote his books, so I knew it had to feature prominantly in my illustration.

My initial composition sketches were just a bit too stiff and ‘designy’ – I really wanted to capture some of the looseness and painterly style of Quentin Blake’s fantastic watercolour work. I also came across a rather wonderful bit of writing by Dahl himself on what makes a good children’s book and I wanted this ethos to apply to my own illustration. Essentially, it had to bright, colourful and engaging.

I initially had the title text on there as part of the design itself but removed this as I wanted the image to be less like a poster and more like a page from a picture book. This approach also informed my decision to make these prints smaller than my usual A2 poster size – I’ve noticed people are drawn to smaller prints more frequently these days as they are easier to frame. At A3 size, I also feel like these are more ‘child friendly’ in order to be framed in a kids’ room.

This is an A3-sized, 4 colour screenprint; signed, numbered, and titled, and available in two variants: 40 in warm tones (as above) and 20 in a cooler colourway.

These will be available from Galerie F in Chicago when the exhibition launches on the 18th July, and also from my Etsy shop.

You can also see more sketches and process images on my Flickr set here.

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

 

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I grew up with the stories of Roald Dahl and they were a huge influence on me as a child. As an author Dahl knew exactly how to capture a young reader’s imagination and hold their interest.  Of course I cannot think of his work without picturing the wonderfully expressive illustrations of Quentin Blake, who was also a big influence on my own young artistic endeavours.

So it is with a great deal of excitement that I can announce my involvement in ‘Fantastic Mr Dahl’ a group exhibition celebrating the stories I grew up with. The exhibition is being curated and held by Galerie F in Chicago, and has the official endorsement of the Roald Dahl Museum.

The exhibition launch also coincides with the gallery’s one year anniversary, so to celebrate there will be a grand opening reception on the evening of Thursday July 18th from 6pm to 11pm.

I’m currently working on two pieces of art for the show, both based on one of my favourite stories Fantastic Mr Fox.  Hopefully I can share some of the progress as I go along.

The Official Bad Robot Art Experience – Gallery 1988

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I am excited to be involved in the The Official Bad Robot Art Experience exhibition taking place at Gallery 1988, in Los Angeles.

G1988 have teamed up producer, director and all round movie mega-maker JJ Abrams to celebrate and commemorate some of the work he’s been involved in creating.

My contribution is a 3 colour, hand-pulled screenprint, entitled Enterprise Down. It’s a 24” x 13” print in a very limited edition of 30 – signed, numbered and titled at the bottom.

You can see some process pics of the printing over on my Tumblr.

Flyposting Exhibition #2

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FLYPOSTING #2
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.

UKPA / Black Heart Gigposter Gallery Launch & Pop Up Shop

More event news – since not everyone can make it over to LA, this one is for my London friends:

In collaboration with The Black Heart in Camden, UKPA is pleased to announce the launch of its series of ongoing gig poster exhibitions inside the pub. UKPA Gig Poster Gallery will be a permanent exhibition space showcasing the best screenprinted gig poster work the UK has to offer.

The inaugural show will take place on Thursday 29th November and feature 31 selected works by:
Adam Pobiak, Cameron Steward/Twoducksdisco, Craig Robson, Diego Mena, Drew Millward, Gary McGarvey/Horse Design, Graham Pilling/Army of Cats, Luke Drozd, Michael Cowell, Nick Rhodes/Switchopen, Petting Zoo Prints and Collectables, Sean Mort, Telegramme, Tom Lacey & WeThreeClub

The night will also see the launch of the brand new UKPA website, an online resource to keep you up to date with everything the UKPA is organising, as well as information on commissioning and making gig posters and a directory of active UK artists.

This will also be everyones last chance to get down and greasy as the Mother Flipper burger residency at The Black Heart comes to an end. So come for the posters, stay for the burgers! http://motherflipperburgers.com/

And if that wasn’t enough, theres a really great show happening just upstairs with Triple Jump Records putting on Dead Rider (ex US Maple – as a warm up to their performance at Shellac’s ATP) with Silent Front, Joeyfat and Stnnng.

http://ukposterart.com/
http://www.ourblackheart.com/

UKPA Pop Up Gig Poster Bazaar

Saturday 1st December
At The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, Camden, NW1 OAP
13.00 – 19.00

For one day only, pop along to the UKPA’s Pop-Up Gig Poster Bazaar! In the surrounds of the Black Heart pub and the new UKPA Gig Poster Gallery, it’s a chance to buy some amazing, limited-edition, screenprinted gig poster work from a selection of the UK’s best poster artists, alongside other artisan wares all at great prices. Bring that folding cash and pick up a bargain just in time for Christmas.

http://ukposterart.com/
http://www.ourblackheart.com/

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