Tribes – New Hat
A portrait based on a drawing from life of Count Adrianno Fettucini . In real life, Count Adriano describes himself as a Male Circus Burlesque, Gentleman Juggler and Comedy Musician and wears a three piece suit and a bowler hat as part of his act. Here, however, I have played with reality – constructed or otherwise, and explored how signifiers of clothing can trick the viewer into making assumptions about personality and taste.
Varnished acrylic on card with white mount in a painted white box frame. Part of the series, ‘Tribes’.
We are expected to decode the non-verbal symbols given out by the people around us. As children, we are taught to judge others by the way they look (evil and good characters in stories are almost always signalled visually for example). As adults we align ourselves to social tribes by the way we dress to symbolise our similarity or difference. Social tribes could constitute generation groups, or economic groups, or cultural groups and I am interested in how we use specific non-verbal language of taste (be that in clothes, music, labels etc) to communicate with others.
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 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.