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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Thanks Green Man 2016

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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:

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The Green Man collaborative print & the smaller, A3 live print are available here: http://ukpa.bigcartel.com/

BEAK> (by Luke Drozd) – Available here: http://lukedrozd.bigcartel.com/product/beak-poster-green-man-festival-2016

Belle & Sebastian (by Graham Pilling) – Available here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/460634416/belle-and-sebastian-green-man-festival

Songhoy Blues (by Tommy Davidson) – Available here: http://tommydavidson.bigcartel.com/product/songhoy-blues

Wild Beasts (by Tommy Davidson) – Available here: http://tommydavidson.bigcartel.com/product/wild-beasts

‘RIDE HARD’ new Open Edition

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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.

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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.

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This hand-made print is priced at a very affordable £25 and is available from my Etsy shop here.

Also – by popular request – a companion ‘RUN HARD, EARN THE DOWNHILL’ print is on the way… more info soon.

 

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

Public Service Broadcasting – Green Man poster

I’m very pleased to announce my 3rd screenprinted poster for Public Service Broadcasting.

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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!

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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:

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Same deal as above – available at the festival with hopefully a few left over for the shop.

Here is the full set of posters our group have designed for the festival. Read more about the artists and the set on this UKPA blog page here: http://ukposterart.com/post/126506941113/ukpa-poster-series-for-green-man-2015

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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.

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!

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.

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.
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