New Work In Progress…Aerosol. 14/02/18

I was browsing through Instagram and came across the stunning collaboration of @fanakapan and @nunovviegas.   I got in touch with both street artists to ask their permission to use one of their works in my own composition.  Once they both realised I was not directly copying their work but was using it as a background to a narrative composition they were both completely fine and thanked me for asking them.  I would imagine quite a few people copy them without asking. I am deeply interested in preserving street art which by its nature is ephemeral and gets painted over.   My own take though, is to change the dynamic of the street art by placing my trademark woman somewhere in the vicinity doing something which relates to that street art.  So a 3dimensional woman brings life to a 2dimensional street art and vice versa. This woman will be standing spraying her hair with an aerosol can of hair spray as she walks past the huge hand squeezing an aerosol can of paint.    I have to think of a title now.  Ideas welcome please. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up…
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I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing…In Perfect Harmony. Completed 07/02/18

This piece is 20x 16” (50 x 40cm) and is oil on board.  I am also in the process of painting a smaller piece in similar vein.  Same background but the blonde is walking away, swigging from her Coke bottle.  More of that later, hopefully.    I have been painting on deep canvasses recently which do not need framing, but sometimes a white modern tray frame can really add to an artwork, hence these new paintings on board.   I have a great local framer and he and I are coming up with some great ideas. This piece is inspired by the Street art of @brknwrld who I came across on Instagram.  His work is eye catching and thought provoking and I have his permission to use this one street art as a background to my trademark woman. I liked the idea of the Molotov cocktails being served up by a masked waiter.  My cool blonde is raising her Coke to him, almost high fiveing him.  Why not? The thinking behind my art at the moment is that the 3 dimensional woman changes the dynamics of the 2 dimensional street art on the wall, bringing art to life and vice…
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Untitled new work in progress. 25/01/18

I came across the work of @brknwrld on Instagram and was drawn to one particular piece called Enjoy Your Cocktails.  I felt I could make something good involving it and have the artist’s permission to use it.  The red version I saw and liked seems to have been a mock up on canvas for the final stencil on a door in Grenoble, I think.  Brkn/wrld describes himself as an Artist of Chaos and it’s worth a look at his Instagram page. A very clever and inventive artist. My take as always, is to add in my trademark woman to make a completely different composition.  By placing a 3 dimensional figure in  the vicinity of the 2 dimensional street art, the work of art is changed significantly.  The art is brought to life and vice versa. So the waiter is offering his tray of Molotov Coca Cola Cocktails, and my young blonde is almost high fiving him with her Diet Free Coke, or maybe just wants to put her bottle on his tray.  Who knows? I am loving painting in this style.  Living on North Street in Bristol I am privileged to see extraordinary Street art every year on my street,…
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