I left Goole Grammar School in ’68, did 4 years social work organising holidays for physically disabled,
then had 2 years travelling spending most of that time in Chile (in very interesting times!)
On my return (deportation as an un-desireable….) I did a foundation course at Ealing where my interest in printmaking was born.
Then 3 years at Portsmouth Poly gaining a BA(Hons) where printmaking took a back seat to film making and photography.
(Gavin Bryars left the year I arrived and Grayson Perry arrived the year I left; is this something about timing?)
Then 40 years, so far, editing highly regarded documentaries and dramas for TV and cinema, many of which have won awards.
However, with the industry moving in directions I’m not completely happy with, I decided to revive my interest in printmaking.
I have also developed my abilities with stained glass, all self taught from the internet.
It seems, entirely organically, that all my work, film, glass and print, involve making large objects from many small pieces, be it a 90 minute documentary to a portrait in lego!
In March this year I was given my first opportunity to exhibit my work. See below…..
These four images were part of a collaborative exhibition, with text written by the standup comedian Nick Revell, held in the conference room of the anti-brexit organisation “Best for Britain”.
Each image contains text which informs the nature of each character and their situation.
These are large scale A0 prints.
Theresa May tells the whole story of the sinking of the Titanic.
Boris has a boy’s own story of himself intervening at every crucial event in British history, finally teaching Winston Churchill the meaning of statecraft.
Gove, in a re-telling of Dante’s Inferno, is cast into the circle of Hell reserved for liars and traitors.
David Davis hangs himself with his own contradicting statements.
This 75cm x 65cm print of William Blake contains almost 1,400 words of his sublime poetry.
For many English speaking people, the phrases within this 75 x 90 print are familiar enough to be considered common expressions, proverbs, or cliches.
All of them originated in or were popularised by the works of William Shakespeare.
(As dead as a doornail – King Henry VI Pt I
The be all and end all – Macbeth
Hoist with his own petard – Hamlet.)
I have been commissioned to make portraits of Nelson Mandela, D H Lawrence, George Eliot and more. I also to make specialized personal memorials and celebrations from given images.
These are just a few examples.
STAINED GLASS WORKS
The brief for this commission was to make a revolving table lamp with panels that were based on the letters “A”, “T” and the number “10”. A wedding anniversary celebration.
25cm x 25cm x 30cm
I’m working on a series of windows with the artist Mitch Davies. We are turning his original oil paintings into backlit window boxes.
Here is a detail from the 42cm x 52cm window.
This is the latest work in progress on an 84cm x 60 cm window.
This image of Prince contains 800 x 2cm square pieces of glass, which I cut and copper foiled at my kitchen table, whilst eating breakfast or listening to football commentaries (I could foil about 40 pieces during a match.) It took me nearly a year.
These were then soldered together and fitted to a custom lightbox.
69cm x 74cm
I have a great respect for the work of Patrick Hughes, so I am attempting to reproduce his ideas in 3 dimensional stained glass.
(With mixed results so far!)
This is an on-going project of 3 dimensional structures in reverse perspective.
There are two reversed infinity points, side by side, that create movement in the opposite direction to the direction of the viewers eyes.
Needless to say, this doesn’t work in two dimensions.
This was a commission for an an angel-lover.
Next up are more large portraits made out of smaller images.
Again, the smaller image represents an aspect of the character or circumstances
of the main image.
THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET
JINPING JACK FLASH
This 120cm x 90cm “sculpture” of Boris was made by handpainting 2,500 plastic flies, which I had flown in from China
What are flies attracted to?
Cameron made with xxx hand painted ants
in 6 tones of black& white.
I was commissioned to make a lego portrait from a photo supplied by the client.