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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ostend, Belgium April 2017

Ok. At last i'm back in real time on this blog. Lots of paintings, book work and prints all coming to fruition this year, so it should be a good one. I took a lot of time to myself to experiment and work in private the past year or so. I had to withdraw from being so on show for a while so i could work on some ideas. I feel really energised for my work now i've had the time to build a few foundations for future work. I've unlocked something and feel more driven than i think i ever have. I've always felt art should be passionate, and to see someone's work become a commodity or bland is a very present fear once being an artist becomes a job. If i'm not working with a fire in my belly then i know i'd just stop.
      I've been giving much more time to planning future graphic novels and book work connected to the stories suggested in my murals. I think i often forget how tightly these two things are interconnected. The more i develop narratives in my books, the more natural and intuitive my mural work feels.
      I also want to continue to dedicate more time to my print studio. I've managed to get my copper plate etching up to a standard i'm really proud of since the last run i released. I'd like at least one edition out this year that's a bit easier for people to buy. I'm going to set more time aside to do a big edition size.

So thats enough of me rambling. Here is the work i've just done for the crystal ship 2017 in ostend Belgium. Credit to Ian Cox for the first photo of me sketching the work from the lift.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reykjavik - Iceland

Painting in slightly more hostile conditions compared to Canada! Astonishingly beautiful place to be able to paint. Walking home at night watching the Northern lights. Painted for Wall Poetry 2016.

Photo credits to Nika Kramer

Toronto - Canada.

This was a pretty epic project with steps initiative and the city of Toronto last summer.  

photo credit to Paul Salvatori for this last photo. Taken during a large fire across the street.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Manchester UK.

Bleak northern weather dominated this trip. Painting in between rain showers and painting between old brickwork. Painted for cities of hope

Saturday, March 18, 2017

pt 3. New Zealand

 Another New Zealand bird called a Pukeko painted on an old wooden door just outside Dunedin.

Stopping off again in Wellington before my flight home i managed to sneak in another painting. Incorporating the 3d electrical box in the wall to make up his backpack.

Dunedin pt2. New Zealand.

I painted this large extinct bird endemic to New Zealand. The giant Moa, a ten ft high flightless bird that became extinct roughly 500 years ago. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dunedin pt1. South island. New Zealand.

 After wellington i moved down to the south island. I painted this Weta sarcophagus in an abandoned industrial site i found outside Dunedin.

wellington, New Zealand.

The first stop in New Zealand was painting on the North island in Wellington for vivid festival.