British Phonographic Industry Award

A strange text popped up on my phone today, informing me I’d be getting a delivery from ‘Award Framers’. I had no clue what this was about but as predicted, the package arrived and I opened it to find…

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Wow! I was genuinely shocked!  A British Phonographic Industry Silver Record Award.  I don’t tend to put too much stock in awards but I just held it up, staring at it, smiling but completely baffled!

I don’t know how these things work, whether the BPI always sends these out to whoever is credited with the artwork for the record, or whether the band or management create a list of people they felt contributed to the record’s sales, or whether I’ve just been presented with this by mistake…?

All I can say is I’m sincerely flattered to receive such a thing and very pleased that the artwork is considered to have contributed in however small a way to the success of the record.

As I have said before, I’m proud of the work I put into this, especially since it’s an independent release. The Public Service Broadcasting guys are decent, thoughtful people and deserve every success.

Hollywood Cougar

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A few months back, a private client got in touch and commissioned me to create a piece of artwork just for them and their partner.

They were very specific about the colours they wanted, as well as composition and style. The subject matter is a secretive cougar called ‘P22’ which lives in the Hollywood hills and is usually only seen by the scientists that track him. A photographer got some amazing photos a few years back which were the inspiration for the client’s commission.

Anyway, after some back and forth sketches, this was the end result.

Original drawing done in brush, pen & ink and then coloured and arranged digitally.

Printed as a 60x50cm posh digital print, a signed edition of just one, now framed and in their home. A fun piece to create.

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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!

 

Solenoids & Asteroids Pinball print

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:

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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.

These are available in my Etsy shop now: www.etsy.com/shop/ArmyOfCatsPrints

Yorkshire Three Peaks Prints

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I recently illustrated and screenprinted a set of prints depicting the Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen Y Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.

I’ve hiked and run around this area of the Yorkshire Dales many times, and have even done the Three Peaks Fell Race a couple of times also.

I’ve been up them when it’s been clear enough to see all three from one spot, and I’ve also been up when they’ve been covered in snow – whatever the conditions there’s always something special about these peaks and I wanted to commemorate that with these pieces of art.

You can see some more process photos over here. They are available to purchase on my Shop.

Work Hard & Be Humble

I’m very pleased to be able to show my latest print, entitled ‘Work Hard & Be Humble’.

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This is an A2 sized, 3 colour hand-printed screenprint, in an edition of 45.  I’ll write a little more about the idea behind the print and share some of the process when this goes live on the shop on Monday.

Fantastic Mr Fox – sold out

Both versions of my Fantastic Mr Fox print are now officially* sold out.  A huge thank you to everyone who picked up a print either from myself or from Galerie F in Chicago, or from Outre Gallery in Australia, as well as for the very kind words – it’s genuinely appreciated.

People have been asking if there will be a second edition of this print. I generally don’t like to do this but in this instance there has been so much interest I am considering a small extra run. If printed, the 2nd edition design will differ slightly in some way to the 1st edition.

* I may have a couple of each print remaining in my archives. If so these will go up on the shop at a random day and time on a first-come-first-served basis! Sorry I can’t reserve anything or do special, secret deals – I have to try to be as fair as possible!

Thanks so much once again for the support.

Stay Fantastic!

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.

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/

Where I been / Where I’m goin’

EXHIBITIONS:

Well it’s been a whirlwind past month or so. As usual Flatstock in Hamburg, Germany was a blast, and it was great to be a part of the Coloured Gigs exhibition in Dresden. Since then my work has also been shown at an exhibition in Rome, Italy called Posters Rock which you can see a little more about here.



WORKSHOPS:

Last weekend I taught a 2 day Screenprinting Workshop at the Bluecoat Studios in Liverpool which was a lot of fun.  There has been a lot of interest in the printing workshops I’ve been involved in and further workshops held at the studio where I print, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, are in the pipeline.  If you’ve like to be informed of when future workshops are confirmed then drop me a line using the contact form and I’ll keep you in the loop.

OTHER STUFF:

I’ve created a TUMBLR account as an easier way to update the progress of new work as well as share other stuff I find interesting on the web. This main blog you are reading now will still be used for more formal news and events.

Finally, in case you haven’t visited in a while, there’s lots of new stuff in the Shop please take a look.

Until next time, stay warm friends!

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