I went to Japan early last year and am constantly inspired by Japanese art – the combination of flat colour played against flat decorative areas and the disregard of Western notions of difference between “illustration” and “art”.
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This is another fan from the Brighton Bar Life series. I’m interested in communication; how words effect people, how the look of words in an image effects your understanding of an image and how people communicate without words.
I was interested in fans as a means of non-verbal communication. Each fan movement has a set meaning, for eg: I love you, we are watched, meet me etc. I wanted to do some more contemporary images and this project gave me the excuse to sit in pubs and do some sketching.
I’m thinking of doing a series of paintings based on traditional fairy tales. Graffiti still continues my obsession of lettering and communication, verbal and non-verbal. I love the South American style black and white graffiti.
Old-style lettering, music, smoky joints and whiskey.
Jazz record. There’s a hole in the middle! Just had to be done….
There are loads of “tribes” in Brighton – Cappucino drinkers, Mac users, Mods and tattooists. I based these on a pack of happy family cards belonging to my Grandma I used to play with when I was a kid.