Street Tales – Mab
Mab was the traditional queen of the fairies in English folklore. An ambiguous figure, she could be both midwife of dreams but also the bringer of ‘blisters to the lips’… Who would she be now?
Varnished acrylic on card.
Framed in a dark stained wood box frame.
This painting is from a series based around traditional folk narratives set in woods – Red Riding Hood, Herne the Hunter, The Green Man… The ancient forest was always a place of anarchy and danger – where you could lose yourself. City and urbanscapes are our modern equivalents.
I find words very interesting when they are legible in a painting. Not only do they symbolise meaning (perhaps a narrative or a title) but they also have their own cultural typographical language, signifing a time, place and culture. Sign writing as street art demonstrates this perfectly. Regardless of whether the viewer can read the words, the written forms and codes of graffiti always strong indicators of moment and location.
A drawing of a warm night wandering in Tokyo, later worked up in watercolour with the help of a photograph. This painting was commissioned by a
A Map of the London Underground
A map of the London Underground with flowers, painted in gouache, watercolour and inks. The original has a green background and was adapted from
A portrait in pencil and paint of fiddler and theatre director, Zoe Hinks.
A drawing in ballpoint on paper finished with acrylic.
A painting exploring pack mentality in the face of difference. Shown at the 'Down to the Bone' exhibition at ONCA gallery.
Tribes – Steampunk
A portrait based on a drawing from life of Tarik Elmoutawakil a prominent figure amongst the steampunk community in Brighton.
Tribes – New Hat
A portrait loosely based on a drawing from life of Count Adriano Fettucini, a 'Gentleman' juggler, unicyclist and boylesque performer.
Street Tales – Mab
Traditional folk story meets contemporary city. Mab was the traditional name for the queen of the fairies.
Tribes – Aerialist
A portrait in varnished acrylic on card based on a drawing from life of Kitty Peels, an aerialist and burlesque performer.
Street Tales – Red Hood
Based around the traditional folk narrative set in a wood, always a place of anarchy and danger, Red Hood finds herself lost in the city.