Category Archives: art

Parallel Lines group show

I’m participating in a group exhibition which will run for a week starting Saturday 7th June. I’m exhibiting several new works and the exhibition space is on the top floor of a colossal warehouse so its worth coming and having a look. The show is conceived and curated by the irrepressible Liza Kenrick. If I haven’t already invited you and you want to come to the opening night party on the 6th contact Liza on the email address below and beg for it.

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Asia House fashion mela

Asia House recently hosted a two day Fashion Parade at their grandiose HQ on New Cavendish Street. Despite being a media heavy event already, I was commissioned by the hosts to document the whole event allowing me unique backstage access as the in-house photographer – it’s always a good feeling to be the only AAA in the media sea. The two days celebrated designers from India and Pakistan and the impact of South Asian fashion on the West.

adieu farewell auf wiedersehen goodbye

adieu farewell auf wiedersehen goodbye

King’s Cross is changing…

I mean it. It’s a shadow of the place I knew (and feared) growing up in London North. The derelict castle which previously resembled Dracula’s town house is now the 5 star St Pancras Hotel and the shady forecourt of Kings Cross Station has traded drugs and desperation for aspiration and aperitifs. Well done town planners – way to regenerate (or simply push the unattractive social underbelly out of the eye-line of this international hub).

The work is not yet complete, however. There are fine people drawing fine plans, getting funding and making models for the rest of the site which sprawls northwards past the canal towards Brecknock. And that’s where I come in – employed to photograph some of the architectural models for the area built by the skilled craftsmen of Pipers Modelmakers. This is a small selection of images from a recent shoot I did for them.

Pics from the show





THE BAYLIS ARTISTS BELTANE SHOW 2013

So you missed the show did you? Arhhh…. sorry for you my friend!

Don’t worry – the gallerist Anthony Xuereb was on hand to get some snaps so now you can live the whole experience through your computer screens in sober isolation.

Thank you to Anthony (and his lovely ladyfriend Jordan) for putting on such a top-notch sell-out show. I know they are looking to use the gallery space for a range of events from pop-up restaurants to film screenings so it would be wrong if I didn’t give The Arch Gallery a little link HERE

And peace out to the other Baylis Artists y’all!
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Baylis Artist Beltane Show 2013

I’m participating in this show next Friday. It promises to be a biggun – I’ve seen the space and its immense. It dictates large scale work. This is copied striaght from the the Press Release…

“In May 2011 the first Baylis Artists Beltane Show was held in Shoreditch Town Hall to critical and commercial success. It drew together an exhibition of paintings and photographs from six contemporary artists, who were part of a subculture that lived and worked in the former Lilian Baylis School in Waterloo. The unique building is a classic example of modernist 1960’s architecture and provided the artists with large-scale studio spaces for many years.

Since the first Beltane Show in 2011, the artists and residents of the Lilian Baylis School have all been evicted, making way for a multi million pound redevelopment of the site by Conran and Partners. It is currently a boarded up shell – on the cusp of being converted into 149 new homes.

Launching on Friday 17th May for just one night, this exhibition not only celebrates the season of Beltane (the ancient Celtic festival that marks the end of winter and the cusp between spring and summer) but also provides an insight into the work of the Baylis Artists since their last group show 2 years ago. It reflects this pivotal period in their careers, in which their space has been lost but through accepting the transitional process their work has progressed and flourished. The exhibition features:

Felix Friedmann – photographer
David Packard and Chris Stevens – fashion photographers
Sara le Roy – painter
Rowan Spray – photographic artist
George Torode – graphic and photographic artist
Eugene Wood – painter
Helene Martin – artist

The ability for a single space to nurture the development of so many artists would not have been lost on the unconventional and pioneering great dame of theatre, Lilian Baylis (1874–1937), after whom the school is named. Baylis was the driving force behind the establishment of the Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and the National Theatre, amongst countless other achievements. Baylis Artists Beltane Show 2013 is a testimony to how Baylis’s artistic and pioneering legacy continues to nurture creativity in London, decades after her death.”

What more can I say except come one, come all, come on Eileen

The robots disagree

Yet their visions are of the same thing. The stupid robots are the same but they don’t know it… yet.

Little red riding shoot

My friend the artist Sara le Roy used me for some pics recently that she will base her next painting on. Like a lot of her work she is planning a piece which is an oblique observation of a mainstream subject or character – in this case Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood

If it’s waning it’s waning

I was inspired to create a piece using last weekends full moon. Unfortunately it was cloudy so I shot it the day after it was full. I’m not sure if you can tell of its waning but it is. This photograph is an examination of what we perceive to be real. Its easy to scrutinise the elements of this image and conclude that it is not “real” – its not even a full moon. But does it matter? Most of what we perceive to be real is just our brain filling in the gaps between what its thinks it has registered anyway. Accept the illusion and free your mind.

waning

waning, 2013

HI 5 2013!

From me and the latest member of my menagerie….

new years day photoshoot with my kitten

Camus Chameleon

This is my chameleon, Camus. She rocks (obviously). Funny story but I found her basking on the pavement of my local estate in Lambeth 6 weeks ago. Having had some chameleon experience from Morocco back in the day I felt confident to take in this stranger.
camus portrait

camus portrait

The RSPCA man in the Patcham Reptile Shelter gave her a clean bill of health but pointed out two parellel scars on her head probably caused by claws. I suspect that local tabby I see with the swagger. Be warned kitty….