Friday, March 27, 2009


The first batch of new work is finally coming through. There's a fair Delaunay influence, also some pop art ideas. I want it to develop into something lighter than this.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Big Prints

This brings to a close the first really large series of prints I've done, at 60 x 85 cm.

The bigger size brings specific problems, as follows.

a. the plate is much more cumbersome, so it's harder to move it, and move round it
b. It's harder to make changes.
c. It takes much longer to change designs.
d. Mistakes in design and errors of technique are exaggerated.
e. It's much harder to place the paper on the plate to print.

The extra costs are actually ofset by the fact that one makes less work.

I'm mainly happy with the results. I like grandeur in art, I think it's a neglected quality, indeed it's a quality that post-modernism seems to millitate against.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Witchy, continued...

I'm going to start building a folio of photos which are suggestive of witchcraft.

The Island of Santa Catarina, where I live, has a history of witches and sorcery.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Ideas

I like to have a break after completing one body of work, before starting a new one.

I've a number of ideas knocking about.

1. To do a series of posters, with words and very bold images. The posters (cover pages) for the series are usually very popular and sell well. They would have lettering and simple clear images. One would be for Bristol Cars. I am not quite sure about the rest. I'd ake about 7.

2. To start on a series concerned with billiards. These would be cheerful green prints featuring billiard balls. Very charming and light.

The "Nerves" series was quite heavy and serious, and I want to do something light and fun next.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I was put in mind of this story while taking these photos-


I've been alone with you
Inside my mind
And in my dreams I've kissed your lips
A thousand times
I sometimes see you
Pass outside my door
Is it me you're looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted
And my arms are open wide
Because you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much
I love you

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again
How much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
I've just got to let you know
Because I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely?
Or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you
Is it me you're looking for?
Because I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely?
Or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you

"Hello" by Lionel Ritchie

Lionel Ritchie addresses the students in a drama class, inviting them to consider a man who has been incarcerated for 26 years, and who wishes to make a romantic propostion to a lady, who is, we are told, fascinated by him.

Mr Ritchie does not tell us quite what crime resulted in what is, by any measure, an extremely long period in a state pentientiary. "Tony Billy boy", ex-convict is an American, a New Yorker. I suspect his crime must have been vile- the abduction and rape of a child, or a series of murders, perhaps- to warrant such a long sentence.

It is appalling to imagine such a thug, a moral monster, lying there on his cell-bed, dreaming about asking a charming, sweet-tempered lady- such as the student in this video- to meet him to go to the Paramount Cinema.

What he really proposes to do with that unfortunate lady on their night out is too dreadful to imagine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nerves- covers for the series


I'm an artist. I sometimes write too. I work in monoprint and oil paint.

I was born in Zambia in 1969 and brought up in Scotland. I studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art between 1986 and 1991, then moved to London.

I now live in Florianopolis, in southern Brasil.

I have had illustration work published in The Daily Telegraph, The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, The Spectator and Carlos Magazine.

In 2002 I was won the Dedalo Art prize for "Such Indulgence"

The purpose of this blog is to showcase my work, with commentaries.

My entries will not be very systematic. I'll add things about my work as they come to me, or in response to comments or enquiries from readers.

I post photos of my work on Flickr, which now has a fairly comprehensive catalogue-

Stories and other pieces of writing can be found here-

There is an interview here-

Nerves 5